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State may deny grants to communities that don’t comply with new MBTA housing lawThe Boston Globe, Aug 17, 2023
“The original guidelines had it right — the original guidelines allowed for incentives to build commercial space without mandating it,” said Heller. “That’s the way to both foster these vibrant neighborhoods and make building economically feasible.”
In face of housing crisis, Mass. lawmakers appear aligned on one of the first of many responsesThe Boston Globe, Jul 18, 2023
“Every effort to create housing will be helpful. We need a lot more,” Heller said. “And there is no one policy and one spending mechanism that is going to solve our housing problem. It’s harder in some of our Gateway Cities than others. That’s where the administration can play a really important role in investing in Gateway Cities . . . depending on what their local market is like.”
Healey Launches $97M Housing Grant ProgramBanker & Tradesman, Jun 22, 2023
“It’s important to acknowledge the rising cost of housing production – we have rising costs of material, land, labor, all the pieces that are needed. So more money is needed, more money is good and we need more than this,” Heller said.
You now need to earn more than $40 an hour to afford the typical two-bedroom apartment in Mass.The Boston Globe, Jun 14, 2023
“It puts numbers to the pain that people are feeling,” said Rachel Heller, CEO of housing advocacy group the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. “The rents are so incredibly high — it’s just astounding what a person needs to earn to afford rent here — and all signs point to the fact that we need to do more to address housing affordability.”
Advocates pitch early priorities for Ed Augustus as he starts as new housing secretaryBoston Herald, May 31, 2023
Augustus should focus on setting metrics for housing production that include affordable and “deeply affordable” units, file a housing bond bill, and create an Office of Fair Housing within the secretariat, said Rachel Heller, CEO of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.
Strained by housing crisis, Mass. funneling millions of dollars each month to shore up shelter system for homeless familiesThe Boston Globe, Apr 11, 2023
“People need safe, affordable homes,” Heller said. “Housing is core to why people are experiencing homelessness. . . . When people have a home they can afford, they don’t need shelter.”
How the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Is Affecting Customers in Mass.NBC10 Boston, Mar 14, 2023
"The closure of Silicon Valley Bank has had a big impact on the affordable housing world. Silicon Valley Bank has really been an important partner in the production of affordable housing," said Rachel Heller, CEO of Citizens’ Housing And Planning Association.
Governor Healey kicks off effort to establish state housing chief with new executive orderThe Boston Globe, Jan 20, 2023
“Housing is not in a silo, it’s not in a bubble. I hope to see someone who has a big vision for housing, who embraces taking on the big challenges,” [CHAPA's CEO, Rachel Heller] added.