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Cigarette smokers want pot smoking banned in apartments and condos.

Even a licensed medical marijuana patient won’t get a break when apartment management and condo associations implement new rules against cannabis users.

The smell of pot smoke swirling around the building has pissed people off who don’t like it.

While most new luxury apartments ban all smokers, cigarette users have had freedom to smoke.

Now, condo associations are asking them to join a policy that allows tobacco and bans pot smoking from the premises.

Watch the sales of pot sniffing dog services, electronic smoke detectors installations and other evidence gathering techniques increase in volume as Massachusetts moves closer and closer to allowing retail stores to flourish.

While more than half of the 351 Massachusetts cities and town councils have voted to limit legalized cannabis retail shops from opening, City of Boston voted 8-1 in favor of legal retail street sales.

On the one hand, people want to be comfortable in their own home and smokers can make people uncomfortable. On the other hand people believe it is a violation of their constitutional rights to ban smoking of one kind while allowing another kind.

Growing marijuana plants at home are also a bone of contention at some residences.

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Section 8 and affordable apts offer list with phones.

Using HousingWorks.net search criteria  “Section 8 or no Sec 8, Wait List, 1BR, Zip Codes within 30 miles of the South End, Voucher discount housing and other Affordable Housing status categories,” a report showing  687 property management contacts as of April 10, 2018 can be viewed here on Smallwall.net sourced from the Boston based HousingWorks database online.

Click: www.dropbox.com/s/wz53e2jdk97jpv6/sec8-2018.pdf

The report is a search helper. It is NOT the solution to everyone’s quest for affordable housing.

A theory we have is that equal amounts of affordable rentals stock exists in unknowable  places— unknowable to the internet and government data sources, unknowable to housing advocates  and Craigslist. Time will tell if we are right.

Click:  www.dropbox.com/s/wz53e2jdk97jpv6/sec8-2018.pdf

Here’s what happened when I called the first four on the list.

1st on the list — RTH shows  Waitlist is open. An answering service takes a message. ( update) They reliably us called back today. Found out they hold properties for rent based incomes in the Fenway, Huntington  Ave and Brigham Circle area.  No vacancy today, WaitList is encouraged.

2nd— The One Greenway listed office answered and directed  me to a web site where an affordable apartment lottery  is going to happen soon at 450 Cambridge  Street. The call was worth it,

3rd on the list — Kendall Company answered, said a vacancy is immediately avail. Said appointments  are being taken now for a  2 BR for $3,400 rent.  When  I asked about Affordable they said “absolutely have this—go to the Cambridge Housing Authority and apply to waitlist.” So this is a Mahoney Properties operation who are major processors of income restricted and market rate units. So that’s why their waitlist go to the HAs. They are contracted by Housing Authorities to hold sales and lotteries.

If a waitlist is held by a private owner, not the HA, your wait will likely be shorter.

Tip: Depending on your situation, it could take from 1 month to 5 years to get an offer by waitlist.

Learn if you qualify to apply as a person with Special Needs Categories such as: Veterans, Seniors, homeless, battered women, disabled/handicapped or other. There are over 25 classifications of applicant categories.

The 4th listed  contact number was disconnected.

 

more later ….,.,

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HUD gives $1.2Million to renew support for 32 HIV-AID housing programs via Gloucesters’s Action, Inc

Programs to support people in need of affordable housing who have HIV-AID received $32 million from HUD in December 2017 across the United States.

$1.2 million of the round went to Massachusetts firm Action, Inc. https://actioninc.org/ to support the 32 HIV-AIDS housing programs in their portfolio.

Action Inc receives millions in awards to assist disadvantaged individuals.

Learn more from HUD at https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2017/HUDNo_17-118

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3 Boston hotel room nights cost from $160 to $333 total with free Wifi and breakfast in January.

In Chinatown, the brand new International Hostel building charges as low $55/night for an overnight stay. The package includes Free breakfast and Wifi.

Book it

Search these properties here:

http://www.booking.com/city/us/boston.xu.html?aid=965167&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=ABBOcitypage

Ramada Inn and The Copley House are traditional hotels. They have January room rates with amenities for $200 or $300 for 3 nights respectively.

This Ramada is in Dorchester, the Copley House is in the Back Bay. Hostels have private rooms and shared co-ed dorm like rooms with bath and shower.

Book these

The International Hostel in Chinatown competes with the 40 Berkley Street building to rent hi-quality rooms for the cheapest possible prices. And because international tourists and students travel to Boston in fewer number until Spring, their rates are lower today.

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 Pitch Perfect 3 SYNOPSIS

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.   … read more below
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Pitch Perfect 3 the movie – Boston Screening 7:00 PM 12/19 

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins all return and are joined by additions including John Lithgow and Ruby Rose. Pitch Perfect 3 is again produced by Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions, and is directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In).

 

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Free Section 8 workshop. Save 70 percent on apartment rents.

Section 8 workshops help you get the housing voucher  certificate you need and save money on rent. However, these free workshops come and go. Recently the Codman Square Health Center at  634 Washington Street, Dorchester 02124.  617-822-8772 held one.

There are over 150 community development corporations they may offer them near you.

See list of CDCs

 

In Boston you can contact MetroHousing  now in new Headquarters in Jackson Square for Section 8 applications as well.

click MetroHousing Section 8 for more info.


FREE Apartment Lottery Leads ]   Smallwall.net affordable housing finders

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Amazon’s 50,000 promised jobs and the Section 8 Waiting list of 60,000 households are numbers with a lot of zeros.

Amazon job promises are gold coin to city revenue collectors.   Don’t let it just be about money, Boston. People you can download the latest lottery leads package where income-restricted earners can apply for affordable rentals or homes to buy before deadline from sources listed in  links.


Non-profit affordable housing advocates, community social workers, agencies, activists and local governments are stretching ahead to build as much affordable housing as they can. Then, all of a sudden, 50,000 jobs might come if Boston beats the competition and lands the new Amazon headquarters and those workers would buy a lot of units, adding even more pressure on the competition for units that people Who Need Them will be harder to get.

If THEY build that HQ here.

If they don’t come, okay – why would the cities not be building affordable housing on the million acre parcels at Suffolk Downs or at the Flower Exchange area designated for Amazon now?  Money? City Managers want revenue upfront. It takes a while to recoup affordable housing investments, It takes years. When an apartment building in the Charles River area was built, it had a 30-year agreement under it to keep lease rents affordable.

See what I mean.

Section 8 – A wait list report is due out on the 60,000 households on various Section 8 Housing Voucher WaitList across the state for vacant public housing priced units where no more than 30% what ever it is, of your income is charged out to rent. So, if you think it was you who couldn’t find a free Section 8 apt,  it ain’t just you.  The author of the report warns that the results will be very negative. He reports soon and we’ll let you know.

 

 

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When you make this salary in Boston, only then can you afford regular open market real estate.

“Affordable housing” is not a house. It is a concept put forth by economists and housing policy makers who prescribe that you Should be Spending 30% of your income and no more, on ALL your monthly HOUSING COSTS!

Thirty PerCent!

view the lottery leads package to apply for 30% of income rentals

“All” means your share of the rent or mortgage plus insurance, taxes, condo fees if any and heating cost.  A web site compares cities and determined what it takes to buy a house there. In hot Atlanta, which has emerged as a significant Black Hollywood movie making town, you need to make $45,000 a year to get a mortgage that buys a decent house.

In Boston, you need to make $98,000 a year to do that, according to the survey results from www.hsh.com 

I can relate to that. When I had an Atlanta apartment near the Strip and Piedmont Park, rent was $125/mo. I moved on up to Buckhead. That apt had more space, was in a safer neighborhood and cost a tiny bit more. I left Atlanta, lived in DC, and eventually moved to Boston. Washington DC Dupont Circle was 30% less rent than an equivalent unit at 220 Jamaicaway Boston. But Boston cost triple my Atlanta rent rate at the time. Actually, it still does!

Fifty-three thousand new housing units are needed in Boston between now and the year 2025 to accommodate the increase in population being estimated.  Boston has an estimated 634,000 residents today.  The city is expected to have 700,000 residents in it soon.

A commenter on the Houston Hurricane said you can’t concrete over everything because the water needs a place to go when it builds up.  That’s a lesson to be learned.  All new high rise development is doing that to the surrounding streets, in my opinion.


To quants:  Check out this data from MAPC, the Metropolian Area Planning Council HQ Boston. MAPC estimites more than 400,000 new housing units — mostly multifamily, and mostly in urban areas–will be needed by the year 2040 in Metro Boston.   web site

– @movef Concierge post

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Advance movie screening tickets are free for these shows. 

WHOSE STREETS? movie screening announcement


You are invited 8/9/2017 at 7PM – Thanks for attending these shows!

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Synopsis: Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. 

When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters.

As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they have lived the story.

Whose Streets?> is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

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