SPECIAL REPORT: The new housing crisis

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Rents are rising, and the working poor are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

Lack of inventory blamed for sluggish Mass. home sales in May

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Massachusetts home sales fell in May compared to the previous year as a tight supply of properties on the market continues to frustrate buyers, analysts and industry officials said.

Braintree population projected to grow

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A study by Lauren Costello and Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center projects the town’s population will top 40,000 by 2030.

Soaring rents drain household budgets for millions of working people

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Renting has long been a temporary step toward home ownership or a permanent part of living on a tight budget.When people would sit down to work out a budget, devoting 25 percent or 30 percent of monthly income to rent was the “affordable” part of still paying the other bills and maybe saving a bit. But that calculation no longer works for millions of people.

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

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Rents are rising and individuals and families are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

PRICED OUT: Medford becoming increasingly unaffordable

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Barry Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said renters with high housing cost burdens scrimp on everyday basics, such as food, clothing, medicine and childcare.

Modular building innovation could be the future of Boston

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By Mike Ross | The Boston Globe | April 6, 2015 AS I recently watched my 7-year-old nephew effortlessly assemble a fabulous building from Lego pieces, it gave me an idea about Boston’s housing needs. Maybe Boston officials and developers could learn something from him and those easy-to-use reusable blocks. The city must find more […]

Boston 2024 bid officer presents Olympic case

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Boston 2024 chief bid officer Erin Murphy explained why the city should host the Summer Olympics on Wednesday night at North­eastern, saying that the Games rep­re­sent a huge eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity for Massachusetts.

Boston housing market working to match supply and demand

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Demand for housing in Boston is currently out of line with supply, according to the 12th annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card of 2014-2015, released Tuesday by The Boston Foundation.

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