Council probes mayor’s housing stability plan

Before voting on a housing ordinance affecting Boston renters and landlords, city councilors discussed the effectiveness of the Mayor Martin Walsh’s changes after the statewide eviction moratorium recently ended. The City Council’s Committee on Government Operations, led by District 1 Councilor Lydia Edwards, focused solely on the language of the ordinance to make sure that

Council mulls action on student debt

City Councilors heard testimony Monday from recent college graduates and higher education activists about the impact of student loan debt on Bostonians — a crisis some characterized as a “second pandemic” that disproportionately affects Black and Latino borrowers. “The American dream is at risk here,” said City Council President Kim Janey during opening remarks. “Student

Last-minute push for eviction protections

Gov. Charlie Baker’s new Eviction Diversion Initiative, which promises $171 million in total aid, some of which has already been allocated, is receiving backlash from activists and legislators. While demonstrators with City Life/Vida Urbana were marching to the State House on Thursday, Oct. 15, House representatives were inside discussing alternatives with Rep. Mike Connolly in

Activists seek extension of eviction moratorium

Despite pressure by activists, the lawmakers have not yet acted on legislation that would extend the statewide eviction moratorium beyond its Oct. 17 deadline. Gov. Charlie Baker Monday announced $112 million in new funding to an Eviction Diversion Initiative and said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s nationwide moratorium will protect Massachusetts