Boston's affordable housing supply: a cup half-full

Good news: Suffolk County (Boston, Revere, Chelsea, & Winthrop) leads the nation in the percentage of housing considered to be affordable to those in "extreme" poverty (earning no more than $28,300 for a family of four).

Bad news: Only 51 extremely low-income families out of every 100 in Suffolk County are able to access safe and affordable rental housing.

Source: Urban Institute, The Housing Affordability Gap For Extremely Low-Income Renters In 2013

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Two fixes

1) Use birth control

2) Stop opposing the construction of housing. If you oppose a home being built for any reason, you're an (expletive.)

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Are you kidding me?

I can't remember the last time I had a conversation with her in which I didn't make a coat hanger joke.

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Wow...

that explains the whole low self esteem thing.

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The cheapest solution is to

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The cheapest solution is to follow what Lincoln, Wellesley, and Weston do with their needy to Boston. Give one way bus tickets to communities not as stingy with welfare and with lower costs of living.

Either that or STOP ALLOWING RICH COMMUNITIES TO REDISTRIBUTE OR DOWNRIGHT DEPORT THEIR POOR TO OTHER COMMUNITIES!

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I'd love to be able to

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I'd love to be able to provide homes for everyone, but every time a home is marked "affordable", it drives up the cost of all the other units attached to it, making it so middle class people can't afford them any longer. Why do we have to subsidize low education / low productivity workers? So they can live next to two of the top universities in the world and the world hub for several high-tech industries? It just doesn't make sense.

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It gives politicians

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It gives politicians opportunities for graft and the power to engineer constituencies.

Just like Urban Renewal. Political power used to transform the landscape to further increase political power.

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