Author Archives: Jordan Frias

Revised Inclusionary Development Policy Creates More Affordable Housing Units, Report Finds

The planning and development agency in Boston released its first report on the creation of affordable housing by private real estate developers and found that the number of units created more than doubled over the last three years. The report, entitled “Bridging the Gap: Creating Middle Income Housing through Inclusionary Development,” states that an average

Senior Housing in Brighton to Add Units for Disabled, Chronically Homeless

Seniors looking to live in Brighton this fall may be in luck now that the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) campus is close to having 61 more units of affordable housing. The units are being built at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave., which is down the road from 30 Wallingford Road where JCHE residents

Cranston Demonstrators Fined for Violating Anti-Panhandling Ordinance, Lose Argument in Court

A month after the city of Cranston, Rhode Island, passed an anti-solicitation ordinance, housing advocates and demonstrators were fined $85 for violating that law to protest its enactment. Those fined lost a battle in court recently on the grounds that they deliberately violated the ordinance to distribute fliers at the intersection of Sockanosset Crossroads and

Accessing Services Still a challenge for Homeless Youth

Results from the third state-wide survey of unaccompanied homeless youth were released and showed that little has changed when it comes to the demographics of people affected by homelessness or the reasons why they are homeless in Massachusetts compared to past years. The results are based on a collection of surveys conducted over a two-week

Providence Mayor Says Smoking Ban Targets the Homeless

Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Jorge Elorza is pushing back on a downtown smoking ban ordinance that he says unfairly discriminates against the homeless. Elorza claims that an added section in the “Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places” ordinance prohibiting smoking from Fulton Street to Westminster Street by Kennedy Plaza will mainly impact the homeless who hang

Affordable home becomes classroom for vocational students

Photos by Anna Bloxham About a dozen Madison Park High School students donned hard hats at the site of an affordable, energy efficient two-family home that is being built in Roxbury to learn the dos and don’t when it comes to safety in the field of carpentry. The event was organized by the Youthbuild Boston,