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The state is pushing for a multi-family housing boom near MBTA stations. But will it work?The Patriot Ledger, Apr 16, 2021
"There is no one policy that is going to solve all of our housing problems. What this one does is get at that zoning barrier," Heller said. "So if we can create areas in communities that are actually zoned for multi-family housing, the housing we so greatly need, then we've removed one of those barriers."
Big money for rent relief is coming to Mass. Will it block a long-feared eviction crisis?The Boston Globe, Mar 16, 2021
“This is the federal commitment we have been waiting for,” said Rachel Heller, chief executive of the Boston housing advocacy group CHAPA. “State and local governments have put so much into keeping people in their homes. Now this is the level of resources that we need for the foreseeable future.”
CDC Director Will Extend Federal Eviction Moratorium Until March 31WBUR, Jan 20, 2021
“We need the state and federal governments to provide additional resources for rent relief so that those who have fallen behind on rent don’t risk losing their homes when the moratorium ends,” Shupin told WBUR in a statement.
Zoning measure would require municipalities to allow higher-density housing near MBTA stationsThe Boston Globe, Jan 11, 2021
“This would make a tremendous difference,” said Rachel Heller, CEO of the advocacy group Citizens Housing and Planning Association. “The biggest barrier to building in Massachusetts is zoning and the lack of zoning for multifamily housing. People want walkable neighborhoods, and this will help us produce them.”
COVID-19 Aid Deal Includes $25B for Renters, Eviction Moratorium ExtensionBanker & Tradesman, Dec 21, 2020
“This package will provide much needed time and funding to help people stay in their homes. As the pandemic and unemployment persist, more funding will be needed in the new year,” Citizens Housing and Planning Association Chief Executive Officer Rachel Heller said in an email.
Evictions are hitting hard in parts of Mass. where people are most vulnerableThe Boston Globe, Dec 13, 2020
“This lines up with everything we’re seeing about the pandemic,” said Rachel Heller, executive director of the housing advocacy group CHAPA. “It’s having a disproportionate impact on people with low incomes, people of color, people who work essential jobs. And they are the same people who have struggled to afford housing.”
Letter to the Editor: It’s incumbent on all of us to open our communities to affordable housingThe Boston Globe, Dec 08, 2020
"Building affordable housing is like putting together a puzzle. We need a mix of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities, zoning in place to allow development, financing to build, and long-term rental assistance to ensure opportunities for households with the lowest incomes."
Fifty-Three Housing Owners and Operators Sign ‘Eviction Diversion Pledge’ to Keep Over 57,000 Tenants and Families Safely HousedBoston Real Estate Times, Nov 12, 2020
“When people can stay in their homes and owners can keep their buildings healthy, our communities are better for it,” said Rachel Heller, chief executive officer of Citizens’ Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA).
Housing advocates warn of a potential flood of eviction filings when moratorium expiresBoston Herald, Oct 09, 2020
“Too many residents are struggling to afford next month’s rent because of the continued spread of the virus, loss of federal unemployment benefits, persistent unemployment, and the challenges many parents face when they are unable to send their children to school for more than a few hours a day,” Rachel Heller, the nonprofit’s CEO, wrote.
Housing Advocates, Landlords Vie For Funds To Cover Rents And Head Off Evictions In Mass.WBUR, Oct 08, 2020
“Our goal is really just to bring together people around the very real issue we're facing of a potential tsunami of evictions once moratorium protections are lifted here in Massachusetts,” says Eric Shupin, public policy director for the nonprofit Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, or CHAPA — an umbrella group for affordable housing initiatives across the state.