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How to get hundreds of dollars added to Section 8 housing vouchers in Boston.

a dollar for an idea

” [ How to Get More Dollars Added to a Section 8 Housing Voucher to Cover Rising Boston Rents ] ”  is a better title  for the how-to article on WGBH’s web site..  T

But the article was  titled “Boston’s Poor Forced To Find 2017 Apartments At 2005 Rental Rates,” posted December 12, 2017 written by BIANCA VAZQUEZ TONESS of WGBH News, and  posted at this link   https://news.wgbh.org/2017/12/12/

Be sure to read it and learn the trick.

Why should they have to ask for this increase?

This problem is caused by elected officials in Massachusetts government. Policy makes a difference.  When they don’t get it right, it is a #FAIL.  Politics is the control of a limited amount of fixed resources.

The article says …  “xtremely hard,” said 35-year-old Ashesha Rockette.”

Rockette receives a state housing voucher that helps subsidize her rent. She is required to pay a third of her monthly income — $211 — toward the rent while the state kicks in the rest.

excerpt: The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development would not comment on the funding levels for the voucher program.

The state slashed the budget in the 1990s. Over the last few years, they’ve restored some funding, but that’s gone to increasing the number of vouchers, not the subsidy amount.

excerpt: At 2005 rates, you may also struggle to find a safe, working apartment that meets state housing standards, said Rockette. When Rockette eventually found a place in Hyde Park for $1,650, it was far from perfect. Last week, the water was turned off. There’s mold, and rodents. Her mailbox has never locked properly, so she misses important mail.

excerpt:  Two years ago, that meant the state was paying the difference between her third and a cap of $1,392 — the maximum amount she could spend on rent. Rockette was not able to find an apartment at that rate. She eventually negotiated a better deal with the state, but many people who rely on these vouchers are still locked into the cap, which was set back in 2005.


HEADLINE:  Dec 12, 2017,

Governor Baker announce a plan for 135,000 new housing units by year 2025

http://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2017/12/11/bakler-new-housing-plan

In May 2016, the governor announced $1.1 Billion for housing investment in Massachusetts. Where is the happy ending to the story?

When policy makers in government allocate billions of dollars to cover necessary expenses, there is negotiation. Do you build more housing the less fortunate can afford? Do  you fix rusty bridges, replace underground the water pipes, cover cost of free insurance for  poor people? Do you build a new highway?

What do you do with fixed amount of money?

The answer never pleases everybody.

 

 

 

 

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Affordable Rental Apartments accepting applications in Uphrams Corner and Columbia Road. 1BR $803

60 Apartments available. Resident pays heat, hot water and electric. Maximum Income limits apply. Deadline for applicants is June 21, 5pm.

Address: St. Kevin’s Residential, 35 Bird Street, 516 Columbia Road in Boston.
Phone: (781) -884-1951  CORCORAN MANAGEMENT COMPANY at the controls for both addresses.

At St. Kevin’s Corner:

1 Bedroom $803 to 999 per month rent

2 Bedroom $946 to$1,171 per month

3 Bedroom $1,068 to $1,336 per month

Uphams Corner units: 1BR $853, 2br no more than $1,237, 3 br no more than $1,421.99.

For incomes from 1 to 6 person earners in the household, starts at $36,300 for 1 person and tops at $72,000 for six persons.

Management will be there to do your applications on June 12th,13,15,16,17th from 10am to 4PM. We’ld 6/14th from 9 am to 6 pm.

DEADLINE to return  the application is 6/21 at 5:00pm.  Carry it in or send with h tracking:

By Mail: atten: Uphams Corner Residential & St. Kevin’s Residential, 530 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Ma 02125


For Zip code 02120

Check out 70 Parker Hill, Boston Ma. 02120

for Income Restricted Apartment Rentals.

They advertised One Studio, Five 1BRs and One 2 Bed ADA Mobility apartment.

(617) 209-5250

Rents.
$1,086.00  to $1,448.00 per month

70ParkerHillLottery

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You can dial in a request for better affordable housing outcomes in Boston today.

From the Campaign Treasurer of
the Community Preservation Act
making Affordable Housing Policy Better

Hello Folks,

I am sending this email to ask a huge favor on behalf of the Community Preservation Act. It is political policy that sets  affordable rents and mortgages.  As you know, politics is the control of a limited amount of resources. And the ruling party wants tax cuts for the rich at someone’s expense.

I am asking that you give your city councilor a call and leave your name and address. Tell them you want them to vote YES and support the Better Boston (YBB) position for  CPA – the Community Preservation Act question the public voted f9r by wide margins during recent elections.

ring up these councilors

  • Timothy McCarthy 617-635-4210
  • Michael Flaherty (at-large) 617-635-4205
  • Michele Wu (at-large) (Council President) 617-635-3115
  • Annissa Essaibi George (At-large) 617-635-4376
  • Ayanna Pressley (At-large)617-635-4217

While the mayor supports our influence to seat YBB board members, City Councilors do not. Help us change their minds.

The CPA wants want people of every race, gender, income, and neighborhood to be included when the benefits start to flow.

Last Monday, city councilors said they would not include any formal role for YBB in choosing CPA committee members.

Thanks for pledging to call your district city councilor and some at-large city councilors. it can change their minds for the better.

contact Thadine Brown, thadine_brown@yahoo.com for questions or after you call the councilors.

Thank you,

Thadine
phone number is available.

 

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22 Income restricted condominiums are for sale in Boston Lottery.

OImstead Green

Ok, let’s get right down to it. The OLMSTEAD GREEN new home community has been on sale for quite a while. Some of their  homes were advertised for $240,000 in a local newspaper all last year.

Now Mahoney Properties sent a a sales letter for Olmsted Green Phase 2 Condominiums consists of 22 Income Restricted Condominiums located on West Main Street in Boston.

The sale announced is a LOTTERY.
The Lottery Application for OLMSTEAD GREEN condos  Link is Here.

 

 

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Boston City Hall puts more affordable apartment and home deals out where people can find them.

Boston affordable apt listings are getting longer at City Hall web site.

Go to This City Hall web site section  and see them.

Act Fast, Deadlines matter.

The list has  “affordable housing,” price for middle class earners and it has apartments that rent at family affordable prices.

But there’s not enough of either to go around so there are lotteries and wait lists to compete in.

You will have to wade through the fine details to pre-determine your eligibility.

And unless you are making more money than you can spend every week, chances are you are qualified for the deals.

Click Here for the Boston List

cheap apartment listings

Applicants may be asked for utility bills in your name. Your spouse’s income must counted if married.

This post is about Boston only. We cover all of Massachusetts.

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245 Sumner Street Income Restricted Apartment Lottery near HarborWalk

LOTTERY for apartments.  Applications are due very soon

Maloney Properties will be conducting a Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA, and formerly known as the BRA) income restricted rental lottery for 5 apartments located at 245 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA 02128. 

Available Rentals
view the Lottery Application Notes.

# of Units BR Size % Income Rent
4 2* 70% AMI $1,419
1 3 70% AMI $1,597

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Handicap accessible unit available

Maximum Income Limits

Household 

Size

70% AMI
1 $48,100
2 $54,950
3 $61,850
4 $68,700
5 $74,200
6 $79,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The building is located at 245 Sumner Street, East Boston., MA 02128. The property is located in East Boston’s waterfront Jeffries Point neighborhood, right down the street from the Maverick Blue Line T stop and the East Boston Harborwalk.  245 Sumner will include 34 new luxury residences.  There will be a total of 5 income restricted rentals.

All apartments come with one garage parking space included with the rent.

You can request an application be emailed to you from February 21st – March 3rd by clicking on the “Request the Application Here”

 

Lottery Process

  1. Applications will be made available for a 10 day period.  Applications will be made available by email, in person during the scheduled distribution dates/times, or by US mail.
  2. Applicants must fill out the BPDA application completely and mail back to our offices.   Applicants will then automatically be entered into the lottery.
  3. Maloney Properties will then conduct a lottery and each applicant will be assigned a lottery number (lottery #1 being first).
  4. We will then show the available apartments based on the lottery number and preferences.

         The lottery preferences in order:

  1. Preference for disabled household for 1 ADA unit. There will be a preference for disabled household for the handicap accessible unit. These units are built out for applicants with mobility impairments.
  2. Boston Residents:  Boston resident shall mean any individual whose principal residence, where he or she permanently and normally eats, sleeps and maintains his or her normal personal and household effects, is in the City of Boston. Required Documentation:A minimum of two (2) utility bills from separate companies dated within 60 days of application from electric, oil cable gas or telephone. Additional documentation may be required. <<<– this sucks! Many people live in Boston where someone else gets the UTIL bill.
  3. Minimum Household Size of at least one person per bedroom:  Applicants with 2 or more household members will receive preference for the 2 bedroom apartment

 

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Egleston Square spacious 3 BR condo duplex townhouse affordable sale

Affordable condominium unit at 19 Ennis Road in Roxbury.  For information about this opportunity, please see this advertisement.  Questions and interest can be directed to Linda Champion at Cue Realty lchamp7@comcast.net.

Affordable Housing Re-Sale – 19 Ennis Road in Roxbury
$302,000 MLS listed 3BR

CLICK LINK to pull up the documents

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Boston approved sixteen hundred affordable housing units in 2016 and Trump didn’t.

Boston affordable housing numbers are out and Trump has said nothing.

boston affordable housing numbers 2016

Oh  President-elect Trump, can you fix this?

We heard what you said about drug prices. You want big pharma to cut the rates.  We know you build things like apartments and condos but you haven’t said a public word about the rising apartment rents that are going up.

Standing in front of Trump Hotel DC this past summer bef9re you opened had us thinking how much is it going to cost to stay overnight here?

view our short video visit of Trump Hotel DC

Nevermind, it doesn’t matter.

There are tens of thousands of people on Boston Public Housing Authority subsidized housing wait lists.  And sixteen hundred new affordable units satisfies few.

This beautiful BHA web site ( http://www.lowincomehousing.us/MA/boston.html) helps people find Low Income Housing but it satisfies few.

We know the people want more!

They want more low income affordable apartments.

They want more middle income affordable apartments,  houses, townhouses and condos in the City of Boston.

And they want more million dollar high rise housing like the one in the photo here.

Fenway new apartments
Fenway, Brookline Ave

Fact is everybody Wants More!

So apartment and affordable housing lotteries exists with winner odds better than KENO players have at the Massachusetts lottery or any casino in the state.

Mr. Trump,  you can’t create enough affordable apartments and homes to satisfy the demand, can you?

 

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Dudley Terrace apartments waitlist opens. Rent $1108-$1,536 mo. for 1-3Br

Dudley Terrace Apartments
by United Housing Management

(617) 208-4933

147 Moreland Street, Roxbury

Rents range from $1108-$1,536
Nov 18, 2016– Management is accepting applications for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom waitlists. 

To qualify for waitlists  income limits apply. All applicants are screened for eligibiity.

Annual household income limits are that you cannot make more than:

1 person  in household $41,400

2 persons (HH) $47,280
3 persons  ” $53,220
4 persons  ” $59,100
5 persons  ” $63,840
6 persons  ” $68,580

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Apartment Lotteries announced April 2016 in Boston and Ma is listed here. 

They are building new things in Boston. Everyday, construction related news announcement hits the press.
Today, all new apartment lottery ( and affordable home purchase) opportunities were made available.

Click to DownLoad  the latest income restricted property list bundle and see where great opportunities exists around Boston and Massachusetts

People are eligible when their annual incomes are between $20,000 and $65,000 ( but higher or lower amts may qualify at some locations.