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.”
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.