Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
Need not to worry the city’s new housing czar has been brought on board at a costly price to solve all these issues. They have begun by training people how to screw their landlords.
It is unfortunate that anyone in this city could be homeless. We have a duplication of efforts by multiple agencies along with the Housing Authority who has been providing for years since public housing was created for our Veterans.
Not only are there people living in the public spaces many of our older residents are being forced to move into senior settings as a result of this administration and City Councilors not protecting the affordable housing many had lived in.
The knee jerk reactions of the implementation of ordinances, new laws and increased taxes negatively impacting current homeowners has caused people to cash out and flee the city.
A good start for the city is to reevaluate the way it treats the homeowners who are the biggest taxpayer collectively in the city.
Many have been providing affordable housing below market rate to family, friends and long time neighbors for years.
Unfortunately they city continues to treat them like they have deep pockets and continue passing increased costs and unmanageable controls onto them preventing it to be somewhat affordable
The city has created a climate to attract younger residents whose needs are different they want pimped out housing, they need entertainment, quick transportation and minimal responsibility to survive things they can afford it with their six figure salaries.
Keep building expensive housing which cause the costs to increase and it may at some point prove to hurt the market and drive more residents out. Leaving upper income earners and low income assisted housing residents no more middle class.
Remember the first inaugural speech given ” YOU CANNOT CUT YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS.” So true the only thing gone down is our moral and ability to afford living here.