Advocates Urge Revival of Eviction Prevention Law

The campaign so far appears to have had an impact in at least one legislative chamber. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Aaron Michlewitz told the Boston Globe his panel’s budget due to be released this week will resurrect and make permanent Chapter 257 protections.

Housing Issues Loom as Committee Chair Fights Progressive Challenger

The 17th Suffolk primary race between Housing Committee Co-Chairman Rep. Kevin Honan and his progressive challenger, Jordan Meehan, stands out as a battle between to the power and experience of the incumbent versus the ability of a younger progressive rival to secure a win in a district where top issues include affordable housing and tenant protections.

Survey: 315K Not Confident About Making August Rent

More than 315,000 Massachusetts tenants have little to no confidence that they will be able to pay rent in August, according to survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, a figure that one tenant advocate group said indicates as many as one in three renter households could soon face eviction.

Landlords File Suit Against Eviction Ban

An apartment landlord in Allston and another in Worcester have filed suit in state court seeking an emergency injunction against Massachusetts’ ban on evictions during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Three Cheers for Hospitals’ Housing Push

A new, multimillion-dollar initiative from three major city hospitals that sees affordable housing and eviction as public health issues has the potential to radically change Massachusetts’ housing conversation for the better. The commercial housing industry should get involved to make sure it has a seat at the table.