Earlier this week, Smallwall Writer asked you to respond to an effort to restrict AirBnB apartment rental volume in the City of Boston. Then we wrote a letter to the movement leadership. ( Photo of small house adapted a Boston Globe article.)
We heard back a day after.
This is the letter we received.
From Councilor Tim McCarthy
The issue of short term rentals is an incredibly complex issue that will have many years of positive or negative impacts on the City of Boston. I will continue to work with the administration and my colleagues in order to get a solid ordinance that addresses this issue.
I appreciate your email and your advocacy.
District 5 City Councilor
Boston City Hall- 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02201
What you see out your front door- is important to us!
When a 170-unit apartment building opened. In Jamaica Plain, a corporation scooped up 24 units at full rent. They loaded in furniture and began renting to short-term users for $210 per day.
When a West coast city passed a rule banning this practice, thousands of apartments came back on the market overnight.
You can help stop the raids in Boston.
Email the letter below
Adco Boston is the campaign
to stop corporate AirBnB
TO: Boston City Council Members:
I am writing to support the Mayor’s Ordinance on Short-Term Residential Rentals in the City of Boston.
The elimination of the Investor Unit category will preserve housing opportunities for our residents and better ensure the mitigation of potentially significant negative impacts on our downtown neighborhoods.
I urge Councilors to vote ‘yes’ on the Mayor’s ordinance.
Your address in Boston
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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