A 62-unit mixed-income housing project in Chelsea is the first in Massachusetts to receive homeowner production funding from ARPA through a MassHousing program.
Municipal leaders urged lawmakers on Friday to revive Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to allocate billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief to downtown revitalization and other projects in the next five weeks.
The Economic Development Committee on Monday sent forward in the legislative pipeline an updated jobs and downtowns bill that strips out all of the $2.3 billion in federal pandemic relief Baker sought to spend in his version and instead calls only for about $1.2 billion in borrowing.
Returning to “normal” shouldn’t mean skyrocketing rents and home prices. Yet, that’s what we’re seeing happen across the state. It’s time we put the lessons learned over the last two years into practice to fix the housing crisis.
Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday took his pen and scissors to the $4 billion federal aid and surplus disbursement bill.
Legislators have made valuable strides towards tackling our state’s housing crisis with federal pandemic relief money. But more needs to be done. A call to double the allocation for housing production is a good start.
In a joint statement, Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka said the House will take up the bill Thursday, with the Senate planning to follow suit Friday.
House leaders detailed a $3.65 billion spending package Monday that would invest a record budget surplus and much of the state’s surplus federal COVID aid in housing, hospitals, schools and workforce development.
I applaud Gov. Charlie Baker for proposing $1 billion in new funding for new rental and homeownership opportunities. At the same time, we also must seize this opportunity to invest in our existing housing stock to make it more affordable.
Passing a bill to spend some of the federal funding allocated to Massachusetts through the American Rescue Plan Act before the Thanksgiving holiday is a “reasonable” goal, House Speaker Ronald Mariano said Monday.