In Depth: Housing
The New Bedford Light examines the city’s surging real estate market
“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.”
Under Massachusetts law, people facing eviction because of nonpayment of rent cannot be evicted while their application for rental assistance is pending.
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.
The federal moratorium on evictions expires at the end of June. Many have already fallen through the cracks.
Residential home prices in New Bedford are surging as supply remains low — and local buyers are finding it hard to compete.
“We’re seeing some folks really having challenging times being able to afford this rental market.”
Sign up for free
Our free newsletter will drop into your inbox weekday mornings, giving you all the highlights of our in-depth news stories and community arts and culture coverage.
SUPPORT OUR WORK TODAY
As an independent, nonprofit news outlet we are reliant on reader support to help fund the kind of in-depth journalism that keeps the public informed and holds the powerful accountable. Thank you for your support.
New Bedford Light is an IRS-determined 501(c)(3) Public Charity; all gifts are tax-deductible. Our EIN number is 86-2407296.
Thank you to our sponsors
Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Founding Benefactors
- Introducing ‘Street Style’
- Hovan takes advantage of closed hearing and connected lawyers
- The Light on radio: Spillane talks Keith Hovan case, City Council inauguration
- The Light on radio: Spillane discusses The New Bedford Light’s mission
- Commentary: Innovators Charter School would give students a head start on college degree
- SJC justice denies The Light’s appeal to open Keith Hovan hearing