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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.