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Housing authority tenants get seats at decision-making tableSwampscott Reporter, Nov 10, 2021
"Running for a town-wide elected office is a large, costly and difficult undertaking,” said Shupin. "There has to be a tenant-designated seat, so they don’t have to go through that town-wide election processes.”
Advocates call for more affordable housing optionsThe Salem News, Oct 27, 2021
“These bills will give Massachusetts residents more choices to buy or rent a home in a community where they want to live by providing resources to create new affordable homes and helping make the zoning process easier,” said Eric Shupin, director of public policy for the nonprofit Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.
Letter to the Editor: Clash over housing plays out just down the road from Governor Baker’s homeThe Boston Globe, Oct 05, 2021
"We can create a better future of affordable, inclusive, and welcoming neighborhoods, and we can do it in all our cities and towns with more community members speaking up and saying yes to more affordable housing."
Opposed to a proposed development? Going to court could cost $50,000 under new state lawThe Patriot Ledger, Aug 10, 2021
"Too many housing developments get stalled and delayed for years and the reason is simply that a neighbor doesn't want the housing built," [CHAPA CEO, Rachel Heller] said. "It's hurting people who need homes now, and it's driving up the cost of developing housing and the cost to build affordable housing."
Housing Choice has come to Massachusetts. What does it mean for the South Shore?The Patriot Ledger, Aug 09, 2021
Heller said many residents are retiring and looking to downsize, or to move closer to city centers, but no housing is available. That in turn prevents large single-family houses from being sold or rented to young families that need the space. "We need to meet the existing needs of people living here now and of future residents," she said.
Beacon Hill has billions in COVID aid to distribute. Don’t hold your breathThe Boston Globe, Jul 19, 2021
“It takes a long time to get housing developed anywhere, so the quicker we move, the quicker we can be providing housing opportunities for people,” Heller said. “We know we don’t have enough housing. We have resources now; let’s put them to use as quickly as possible.”
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."