“We’re going to provide safe and affordable housing for the people in New Bedford.” — Attorney Chris Saunders, representing developer Duane Jackson.
Our region leads the state in evictions, not because of pandemic-related non-payment of rent, but because investors are tossing out families so they can renovate and re-rent at the higher rates they need to make their investments worthwhile.
“The Southeast Housing Court needs to better connect people with the resources available to them rather than moving to evict … The fact that this does not appear to be the case in our cities needs to be addressed immediately.”
The state’s Lawyer for a Day program may be ‘too little too late’ for many tenants, after more than 600 eviction executions.
In Bristol County, 557 executions of eviction have been issued to renters since October 2020 … housing advocates say the number could soar in August.
For tenants, landlords and homeowners, a large amount of rental relief funds are available to those in need.
Here are some of the organizations working in New Bedford and Bristol County to help those facing eviction.
The federal moratorium on evictions expires at the end of June. Many have already fallen through the cracks.
As real estate prices increase, there is evidence that low-income residents are being forced out of homes in New Bedford.
“If the city has the political will, it can make any of this work,” said Robert Terrell, a lecturer at Tufts University.