In Depth: Housing
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“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.”
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