Fenway CDC is part of a range of coalitions and partnerships to advocate for strengthening affordable housing policies, at both the city and state levels. A few of the active campaigns are detailed below.
Fenway CDC is a member of the Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston (CTAB) to improve Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy. Boston’s IDP program requires a percentage of new housing development to include units that are income restricted. The program is overseen by the Boston Planning and Development Agency. If the policy were strengthened, IDP could provide more deeply affordable homes to Bostonians.
Visit the CTAB website to learn more: www.affordableboston.org
The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) would let Massachusetts cities and towns adopt a preservation, anti-displacement and tenant empowerment tool that can preserve affordable rental housing stock, provide a mechanism for tenant associations to collectively purchase their buildings, and stabilize low-income households. TOPA would allow municipalities the option of providing tenants in multi-family buildings the right to match a third-party offer when their homes are being sold.
Visit the TOPA Coalition website to learn more: www.topa4ma.org
We are working on two different Transfer Fee proposals. One bill is at the State Hose and seeks to allow cities and towns to place a fee on real estate transactions to fund affordable housings. Monies collected could go to the municipal or regional housing fund. In addition, the Mayor of the City of Boston has filed a petition with the City Council for a Boston specific fee on real estate transactions over $2 million. This will have to be passed by the City Council and go to the State House for passage as a Home Rule Petition. If passed, it is estimated that approximately $100M of funding per year would be generated for affordable housing.
Visit the Local Option for Housing Affordability Coalition website to learn more: www.realestatetransferfee.org/coalition
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a municipal effort to implement fair housing mandates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2015 (later withdrawn by the Trump administration). The Affirmatively Fair Housing Advisory Committee drafted 14 goals and 100+ actions. Our collective work to achieve those goals is to educate the community, support implementation, monitor, and enforce accountability. AFFH requirements have been put into the Boston Zoning Code and into the Boston Planning and Development Agency review process. We seek to educate and empower residents to hold developers accountable to these new requirements.
Visit the BPDA’s website to learn more: www.bostonplans.org/housing/affirmatively-furthering-fair-housing-article-80