JACOB'S VISION ON
The cost of living is rising at an alarming rate. Increased urbanization is concentrating jobs and opportunities solely within the city--but not everyone can afford to live there to take advantage of said opportunities. Public housing in Boston is 98% occupied. Waiting lists for section 8 and government-subsidized housing are years out. There is a gross imbalance between the number of applications received and approved. The current system is unsustainable. We need to acknowledge the growing demand for the expansion of public housing. Homeownership is a direct path to upward economic mobility. All residents should have access to first-time buyers' training programs, financial planning, and low-interest loans.
Support programs and initiatives focused on first-time homeownership (through first-time buyers training programs, financial planning, and low-interest loans) as it is a direct path to upward economic mobility.
Work to increase the development of buildings designated for public housing as well as support the renovation of current public housing to combat displacement.
Support and reintroduce the protections covered under the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act.
Advocate for the prohibition of excessive rent hikes and evictions through supporting legislation like the Just Cause Eviction Act.
Support the increase of public housing funding as well as the investment in CDCs and Non-Profits which build affordable housing.