Home Ownership Push Proves Easier Said than Done

Roy Avellaneda, president of the Chelsea City Council, thought his idea was pretty straightforward: Impose a five-year moratorium on construction of new rental properties in the city to give councilors time to re-write zoning laws to promote home ownership.

To Close the Racial Wealth Gap, Scale Up CommonWealth Builder

Massachusetts’ CommonWealth Builder program effectively reduces the price of new housing units by subsidizing developers up to $150,000 per home. And unlike traditional affordable housing, it allows homeowners to realize the full market appreciation of their unit if they live there for at least 15 years.