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Michelle Wu Proposes Solutions to Boston’s Housing Crisis and Plans a Week of Events to Highlight the Need to Fight for Housing Justice

Released on: June 12, 2021

Boston City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Mayor Michelle Wu is planning a series of events to highlight Boston’s housing crisis and propose a series of policy solutions to address skyrocketing prices. 

Throughout the week, she will be highlighting solutions to tackle Boston’s housing crisis throughout  neighborhoods and communities across the city. Boston is now the second-most expensive city in the country to own a home, and the fifth-most expensive city to rent. Half of Boston renters are cost-burdened as the price of homeownership rises

Because of Boston’s unaffordable cost of housing, our city has continued to lose working families, shown by the fact that our school-aged population is about half what it was in 1970. Disparities in homeownership are a main driver of Boston’s vast racial wealth gap. Evictions have also been on the rise since state protections lapsed and rental markets rebound. 

Michelle Wu has a series of bold ideas to take on Boston’s housing crisis and make the city affordable to all of us. Throughout the week she’ll be advocating for real change and having conversations with residents from across the city about finally tackling our housing crisis head-on. 

Monday, June 14, 10 a.m. 

WHO: Michelle Wu, City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Mayor; Climate advocates, housing advocates & neighbors

WHAT: Calling for the creation of new, affordable, resilient housing on top of city assets

WHERE:  Egleston Square branch of the Boston Public Library

Tuesday, June 15

Michelle will visit and tour two locations who serve Bostonians experiencing homelessness, St. Francis House and Rosie’s Place, to discuss city action to create supportive housing and address the opiate crisis.

Wednesday, June 16, 9 a.m. 

WHO: Michelle Wu, City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Mayor; Mission-driven developers of affordable housing; first generation homeowners

WHAT: Announcing a Homeownership Agenda to expand homeownership opportunities and housing stability for low-income Bostonians, residents of color and seniors. 

WHERE:  54 Edson St, Dorchester

Thursday, June 17, 10:30 a.m. 

WHO: Michelle Wu, City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Mayor; Renters

WHAT: Calling for immediate protections for renters, including rent stabilization and the extension of the eviction moratorium, and for a focus on Boston Housing Authority resources.

WHERE: Georgetowne Homes

Friday, June 18

WHO: Michelle Wu, City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Mayor

WHAT: Michelle Wu visits a Community Land Trust to emphasize the importance of the work of Community Land Trusts for security, stability and permanent affordability of communities.

WHERE: Location TBD