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Keeping our Community Affordable

Malden has one of the highest eviction rates in the state, and 51% of its renters are reported to be cost-burdened or severely cost-burdened. In addition, roughly 35% of the district has a median income below 50k, which doesn't stretch nearly as far as it used to. I have seen far too many working families left with little option but to pack up their things and move from the only community they have known due to rising costs. Celebrating diversity is empty when there is a lack of worker and people-centered policies that protect, nurture, and encourage our residents to lay down roots in our community.

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We can establish a standard for housing by: 

 

  • Adopting a housing-first model that provides permanent support services for people experiencing homelessness.

  • Stabilize rent statewide by supporting a rent increase cap and work to repeal the ban on rent control.

  • Introduce a tenants’ Bill of Rights that includes the right to organize, the right to counsel, and protection from unjust fees and evictions.

  • Increase the supply of affordable housing by ending restrictive zoning practices and encouraging the development of mixed-income and multi-family housing.

  • Ensure that all new development projects are brought to life by local union labor to ensure the safety and well-being of workers.

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