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Greater Boston housing system could soon 'collapse,’ new report warns

Report partners include Northeastern University, The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Housing Partnerships

Part 3 of the 2020 Greater Boston Housing Report Card, published by the Boston Foundation, was released today. The report author is Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino, an associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics at Northeastern University. The institute's Economic & Public Policy Research group lent their economic and population research to the project.

An eviction crisis is looming over Greater Boston: Low-wage employees in the region have lost jobs at a rate nearly four times that of high-wage workers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, diminishing households’ ability to pay rent.

With many low-income households living paycheck to paycheck, and this summer’s expiration of an additional $600 in weekly unemployment benefits, a surge in evictions and housing displacement could materialize, according to the newest edition of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card completed by Northeastern University, The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Housing Partnerships and the UMass Donahue Institute.

 Dr. Sasser Modestino lays out further report highlights on September 23 via her Twitter feed.

Read the full Part 3 report. 

Read article: Northeastern University, The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Housing Partnerships (paywall)

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