City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George sponsors public hearing on 839 vacant affordable housing units in Boston August 7

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BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR ANNISSA ESSAIBI-GEORGE SPONSORS PUBLIC HEARING ON 839 VACANT AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS IN

THE CITY OF BOSTON

BOSTON – On June 27, 2018, Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George called for a hearing order regarding vacant affordable housing units and improving access to those units in the City of Boston. Boston’s Department of Fair Housing and Equity recently reported that there are currently 37 projects including 839 units of vacant affordable housing in the City. The process to access both ownership and rental affordable units is irregular and unpredictable for those paying increasingly more of their disposable income for housing costs, experiencing homelessness and in emergency assistance.

The hearing being held on Tuesday, August 7 will include community stakeholders and experts such as the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the Department of Neighborhood Development, Housing Works, Metro Housing Boston, National Alliance of HUD Tenants, Peabody Properties, and SEB Housing. Councilor Essaibi-George hopes to work together to determine strategies for streamlining the process to apply for affordable housing and to create a more rapid and efficient process for occupying affordable housing units.

WHO: Sponsored by Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-

George and Chaired by Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

(Committee on Housing and Community Development)

WHAT: Docket #1040 Order for a hearing regarding vacant affordable

housing units and improving access to those units in the City of

Boston.

WHEN: Tuesday August 7, 2018 2:00pm-4:00pm

WHERE: Boston City Hall Council Chambers, Boston City Hall, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02108

This meeting is open to the public and testimony is welcome.