New Bedford City Councilor Shane Burgo, who chairs the Affordable Housing and Homeless Affairs Committee, said “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs) wouldn’t solve the city’s housing shortage, but he thinks they could put a dent in it.
“People are going where they can afford to live. … But unfortunately, that puts the people who could barely afford to live in New Bedford in a tough spot — there’s nowhere else to go.” — Joshua Amaral of PACE
“It’s about living in gratitude, and I think that’s the No. 1 thing that I’ve learned in my experience here, is to live in gratitude, even during the dark times.”
Adriana’s experience of getting “squeezed out” of the housing market due to surges in rent is happening to others in New Bedford and the South Coast, as housing advocates and community leaders seek solutions to the region’s housing crisis.
As home prices soar, would-be homebuyers stick with renting. Competition for decent rentals is fierce, with landlords taking hundreds of applications per vacancy.
The housing crisis has worsened over the last several years, and both New Bedford and Fall River have now joined larger cities in seeing rental and mortgage prices increase beyond the reach of average working people — particularly young people starting out.
These government incentive-grants have enabled the preservation and reuse development of historic structures across the city for what New Bedford greatly needs right now — a larger and better-quality affordable housing stock.
“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.”