The problem is as many see it, properties owner greed and expenses are covered by AirBnb and Corporations when they pay owners top dollars per day for properties reliable tenants have been renting for years. Tenant leases terminate, prices rise, or the leases are not renewed, so out they go and in comes AirBnb and Corporate guests.
Its a vicious circle.
The City of Boston benefits because real estate taxes rises. Property owners benefits from more revenue. Renters are screwed.
HOUSING WORKS UPDATES
For very low income renters.
The 9 Williams St lottery opens Oct 16th. Click that link for NOVEM?BER lotteries including those that are Open Enrollment all year long.
The Williams Street property has 3 one-bedroom units for extremely low income households. It also has a small number of Affordable units for those who have vouchers.
NEW APPLICATIONS and OPEN WAITLISTS in Cambridge, Mansfield, Worcester, Boston, Swampscott and more
UPDATED WAITLISTS THAT JUST OPENED:
Housing Works updated thouands of Section 8 an public housing Wait List in their database.( CLICK) This database to search by Zip Code yourself.Does the HousingWorks Online Database include all affordable housing opportunities. Answer: No, but it includes most all Public Housing, and Section 8 rental property in Massachusetts where you pay 30% of your income for rent, if you have an approved housing voucher.
What does Housing Works Do?
ans: it is a system that automates your search. You have to be willing to complete a 7 page application on paper. Then, a “housing advocate,” these are special people or organizations with the authority to use the Housing Works System, will input your material. From that point, your chance of getting on WaitList for Section 8 properties is greatly enhanced. Does it guarantee you will find what you ware looking for. No.
Who are Housing Advocates?
ans: Most community development organizations are or can hook you up with one. [ see a list ]. Others are social workers and government contract specific housing adjusters.
Most of these waitlists are subsidized lists – where you pay: 30% of income!
Depending on the Authority or Property, these lists are open to:
Persons of any age with various disabilities
Affordable Housing Lottery Opportunities in Massachusetts and Boston.
Getting into one is a strategic dance, like that of the expert ballerina in photo.
( file photo: Misty Copeland, JFK Library book tour, August 2017)
These three organizations listed below ( see links ) and the one apartment developer advertise a lot of affordable, income-restricted rental and ownership product to the market.
The City of Boston stated in a report to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that the mayor’s administration has provided over 8,000 low and moderate income ( new) living spaces recently.
But, according to our sources, 60,000 people are on a waiting list across the state for “subsidized housing.”
Low income. Moderate income. Affordable. Subsidized. Luck. Advocate: all words to describe the need. People are winning the lottery who can only afford the lottery.
And, when a person leaves one affordable unit for another newer affordable unit, there is a vacancy to be filled in that affordable space they left.
But, there there is just not enough affordable housing stock to go around and meet everyone’s needs, unfortunately.
City of Cambridge Community Development Department – ya’ll know who this is. COC is right across the river from Boston. Its an expensive town to live in, unless of course you get the cheap apartment, housing, affordable living space deal
MCO Housing Services – a local government agency servicing West of Boston. Hey, how abot those CDC ( community development corporations.? They constructed all affordable housing in cities and towns. There are over 200 of them. We made a list of CDCs and added most of them to this web site, but the list is not complete. Go here to see the list and add more that you know of.
METROWEST Affordable Housing Staff have an innovative program going on. Its called Ready Renter. They will TAKE you in and spend an hour on your personal rental search just for You. You can use Section 8 or no. Call them at 617-923-3505 ext. 8. but if I were you, I would CLICK HERE to download their application, and have it handy when you call. That way you are far ahead.
METROWEST is a housing assistance organization placing people in affordable properties in the towns of Hudson, Bolton, Littleton, Stow, Concord, Sudbury, Lincoln, Framingham, Natick, Weston, Wayland, Wellesley, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Lexington, Bedford, Watertown, Belmont and Brookline.
FOUR More AFFORDABLE RENTALS came out since the least lead sheet was loaded onto our screens. See list below, click the Lottery Info Links to pull up papers. .
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.
Winners are emerging in affordable housing lottery.
Draw a Black line around the Jackson Square Jamaica Plain area to a part of the South End, and from there into Uphams Corner and you would have encircled more than 100 reduced rent new apartments being offered to people seeking affordable housing income restricted rents in Boston recently.
The demand for a shaved rent or mortgage deal is constant. It took a while for the City of Boston to kick into fairly high gear getting the word out about them. They probably have over 100,000 people on an email list getting the clicks when there is something to announce. We told you about their web site, right?
Now HousingWorks.net – does a good job getting subsidized offers out to people. HW covers the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Housingworks doesn’t work direct with renters. No, they train advocates who in turn have access to an automated system that if you personally use it through an advocate, you can place one HousingWorks application into the System and have it automatically add your name to wait list at subsidized locations across the state. Imagine that. One click and you go Poof! onto the waiting list of 10 units without licking a stamp.
These application opportunities require luck and patience for most. Of course, there are lottery offer situations where your special condition, age, or circumstance gets your number bumped up higher on the list than another persons. PREFERENCES are at work here.
It is all about the numbers.
Talked to a guy the day the Tall Ships were in town. He works at a Capital One coffee shop. He entered a lottery in Chelsea for one of a limited number of condos in a particular building. He won! There were 83 applicants in that resale contest. I think he told me 11 were winners.
See there you have it. Anyone can be a winner.
And who among us wouldn’t clap for a barista to win.
Private Owner Entry: 3 Bed Room apartment unit for rent by R. Fitts, owner. Location: Roxbury Cost: $,1800/mo. Move-in July 2017. email email@example.com your interest. This ad will run for a limited time.
The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people to find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing. Click to visit the registry
Leads: Click link to view a lists of apartment lotteries coming up till July 2017 and get application and location details. June – July 2017 Lottery List