The Boston Tenants Coalition (BTC) is a coalition of grassroots tenant neighborhood groups, community development corporations, and homeless and advocacy organizations that promotes affordable housing in Boston, organized to defend and expand the rights of tenants, and to push city, state and federal government, as well as private industry to address the needs of low-income tenants. We operate from a core belief that more affordable housing needs to be both permanent and targeted to Boston's low-income populations.
Along with Mayor Walsh's induction to the City is also the induction of his changes to the current City plans. Boston's housing plan is being discussed and drafted everyday with the Mayor and the housing task force and is due to be finished by this month of July. We are running an action to help influence the mayor's housing plan and make changes to the current Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP).
Boston housing prices have been a problem for quite a while now and has increased greatly over the years. Boston is now facing what we call a "housing crisis." Currently 35,000 renters have housing costs exceeding 50% of their household income. 92% of these rent-burdened households are very low-income (<50% AMI). Our proposed changes would help direct a larger share of the IDP resources to these households with worst case housing needs. (Source: Boston draft Consolidated Plan 2013-2018).
Up until now some Boston neighborhoods have been cash cows for generating IDP funds which are used elsewhere in Boston to help create affordable housing, but very little of the money has come back to these most impacted neighborhoods. Requesting that a meaningful portion of the funds generated by the IDP be earmarked for the neighborhoods where the development is occurring will allow more affordable housing to be built in these neighborhoods.
The IDP is a huge part of the plan and we would like to get hundreds of signatures as soon as possible to try to influence the plan and what it will include.We are looking to amend the IDP to help create more affordable housing, save and preserve current affordable units and create a better living environment for Boston residents with more mixed housing developments.