Plan JP/Rox and the City's Choice: Will the City Be Accountable to Boston Communities and Needs?

Community members are advocating for 70% affordable housing at neighborhood income levels, an average of $35,000/yr. Our solutions include land banking, stronger affordability requirements for developers, setting aside units for voucher holders, and increasing funding. Along with a larger Neighborhood Alliance, we have been in discussions with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to ask them to change their plan and commitments.

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BPDA and DND PLAN:

  • 4000+ NEW HOUSING UNITS, almost tripling what's here now.
  • 3000 MARKET-RATE UNITS, $2500-$3000/mo.
  • ONLY 30% "AFFORDABLE." Less than 2% of units are affordable to households making $35,000/yr, and many of these are studios/1BR.
  • NEW HOMES: 1/3 PEOPLE OF COLOR.
  • CITYWIDE: 6,500 LOW-INCOME UNITS for households making less than $35,000/yr.

WHO LIVES IN THE AREA NOW? WHO NEEDS HOUSING?

  • More than 70% of the neighborhood can't afford the new market-rate units.
  • Half the neighborhood makes less than $35,000/yr. 40% make less than $25,000.
  • Most workers in Boston make less than $35,000.
  • 2/3 of JP/Rox are households of color.
  • Citywide, more than 50,000 households making less than $50,000/yr won't have affordable housing.