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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."
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.”