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Bravo Mayor Walsh for Unprecedented Senior Housing Line Item

Posted: April 20, 2015

Mayor Walsh deserves giant kudos for his unprecedented inclusion of senior affordable housing development funds in his FY2016 budget.  As far as I know, there has never been such a line item in a municipal budget—even the Commonwealth’s budget includes no such set aside.  This $1.75 million will provide critical gap funding for housing that gives seniors the well-earned opportunity to age in community rather than in isolation or substandard housing.  Earlier this year, Harvard University documented the enormous need, calling the lack of affordable housing for older adults an urgent nationwide challenge.  Just when the federal government has abandoned the most effective senior housing development program in history, our mayor is demonstrating leadership and vision that makes him stand out as a caring, committed executive.  BRAVO!

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