Activists to press for more affordable housing options

Mass. has struggled to get the homeless into permanent housing

BOSTON (AP) — Increasing the number of rental assistance vouchers and preserving existing subsidized housing units are just two of the proposals included in a report to be unveiled by affordable housing activists at the Statehouse.

The On Solid Ground Coalition says Massachusetts needs to adopt a number of strategies ease the state’s housing crunch, with making housing more affordable the top priority.

Massachusetts has struggled to get the homeless into permanent housing — particularly families temporarily housed in hotels.

The report to be released Monday also calls on state leaders to expand the stock of affordable housing and for Gov. Charlie Baker to name a special secretary to work across state agency to address the housing problem.

One of Baker’s campaign promises was to ease the number of homeless families in Massachusetts.

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