Advocates hope to boost funding for local Housing Authorities

Subsidies to local housing authorities have not increased in seven years

BOSTON (WWLP) – Housing and redevelopment officials say tenant payments don’t cover operational costs, with rent averaging about $300 per month for low-income residents.

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials of Massachusetts is asking the state to budget $72 million to subsidize local housing authority operations.

Housing Authorities provide low-cost housing for low-income families, veterans, and elderly and disabled residents at about 30% of their net income. At $65 million, subsidies to local Housing Authorities have not increased in seven years, and next year is on track to stay the same.

The state budget committee allocated just over $65 million, which is less than advocates like Tom Connelly said is enough to continue providing residents with safe and sanitary housing. “The costs have gone crazy. No one can afford housing anymore and we want to make sure that this asset remains viable and that every unit that we have is available for low-income citizens.”

The state’s budget for fiscal year 2018 still has a long way to go before it is finalized.