Mike on Affordable Housing

The lack of affordable housing is a chronic problem in the Greater Boston area and I am committed to easing this burden. I have been fighting to create additional affordable housing opportunities, preserve existing affordable housing, protect current housing programs from funding reductions or elimination, and create home ownership opportunities.

I have been fighting in Congress for years to protect the Section 8 housing program from funding cuts. I fought to save the federal demo/dispo program by allowing tenants to purchase renovated housing developments and keep them affordable in perpetuity. I was successful in increasing the value of certain section 8 vouchers so that elderly Brighton Village residents would not be forced out of their homes. Maintaining long-term affordability for several local housing complexes that are designated "expiring-use" properties is always a priority. One such development is Cobble Hill in Somerville, where its continued affordability was recently finalized.