One Charlestown and the future of public housing

The unique sound of spring in the Charlestown public housing development is a chorus of chirping birds and smoke detectors chirping for new batteries. Residents there also complain of poor ventilation and long stretches without hot water. The Boston Housing Authority has only $6 million a year to put toward a growing $750 million maintenance backlog across its entire stock of 12,623 public housing units.

Baker-Polito Administration Files $1.287 Billion Affordable Housing Bill To Increase Development, Extend Key Tax...

The Baker-Polito Administration filed a housing bond bill seeking $1.287 billion in additional capital authorization, to allow the Commonwealth to continue state support for the construction and preservation of affordable housing, and provide funds for public housing maintenance and improvement

Senators Warren and Markey Call on FERC to Revoke Decision to Allow Western Mass....

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), calling on the agency to revoke its authorization for Kinder Morgan to begin construction on its Connecticut Expansion Project in Western Massachusetts until FERC is able to consider pending challenges to the project. The Senators also note that FERC is allowing construction to begin even when it cannot currently consider pending requests for rehearing on this project because it lacks sufficient commissioners to constitute a quorum

Senator Markey Blasts NRC for Granting Exemptions to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from Critical...

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today criticized the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for agreeing to exempt Entergy, the licensee of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, from requirements to implement critical safety upgrades to the facility.

Pending Sales Increases Continue from Busy Winter into the Spring Market

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that the spring market is off to a good start with pending sales up over six percent from this time last year. Pending sales have been up 48 of the last 49 months. Condominiums put under agreement also saw a hike over last year, with an increase of over 14 percent from 2016.

Seniors to Receive More Than $130,000 in Settlement With Insurance Agent and Mortgage Broker...

Massachusetts seniors will receive more than $130,000 in refunds as a result of a settlement with a mortgage broker, its employee and an insurance agent that resolves claims they induced elderly clients to take out reverse mortgages and invest the proceeds in unsuitable variable annuities, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Pending Sales Maintain Steady Year-Over-Year Increases for Almost Four Years This February

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that ongoing buyer demand pushed pending sales up three percent over last year. Pending sales have been up 47 of the last 48 months, marking almost four years of positive gains in single family homes put under agreement. Realtors® confidence both in the market and in home prices was positive in February. This month’s “Hot Topic” question finds that the conversation of "tiny" houses has never come up between the majority of Realtors® and their clients

AG Healey Launches Grant Program to Promote Equal Opportunity for Women, Minority Workers in...

Continuing her commitment to advance the economic opportunity of Massachusetts residents, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced a new grant program aimed at providing opportunities for women and minority workers and small business owners in the public construction industry

MassHousing Provides $102.7 Million in Financing for Four Affordable Housing Communities for Senior Citizens...

Senior citizens living in four affordable housing communities in Boston, Framingham, Newton and New Bedford will see the preservation of affordability and extensive property renovations as a result of $102.7 million in MassHousing financing


Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee voted to move forward with repeal of the Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan...

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement after voting against Republican’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Energy and Commerce Committee

AG Healey Tours Property in Worcester Rehabbed Through Office’s Abandoned Housing Initiative

As part of her office’s ongoing efforts to improve quality of life, economic revitalization, and public safety in Massachusetts neighborhoods, Attorney General Maura Healey today toured a Worcester property rehabilitated through her Abandoned Housing Initiative (AHI).

BHA seeks proposals to redevelop the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development

The BHA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for developers to preserve and rebuild existing affordable housing at the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development in South Boston.  The issuance of the RFP comes as BHA is seeking ways to upgrade and sustain its affordable housing communities in the wake of historic federal budget cuts.

BHA seeks proposals to redevelop the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments public housing development

The BHA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting developers to submit proposals to preserve and rebuild existing affordable housing at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments public housing development in Jamaica Plain.  The issuance of the RFP comes as BHA is seeking ways to upgrade and sustain its affordable housing communities in the wake of historic federal budget cuts.

AG Healey Joins Coalition of Attorneys General Opposing President Trump’s Executive Order that Guts...

Attorney General Maura Healey today joined attorneys general and chief legal officers from New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Oregon and Vermont in releasing the below statement opposing President Trump’s executive order which the President described as paving the way to eliminating the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the United States Rule):


What the heck is a condotel?

Have you ever dreamed of living in a hotel? Just imagine: You'd have housekeepers, valet drivers, room service and more -- all there to...


AG Returns $6.3 Million to Homeowners After Investigation of Improper Charges...

Following an investigation and audit by Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, a major Massachusetts insurance company is paying more than $6.3 million in refunds to more than 4,500 homeowners who were improperly charged for property insurance.