The mayor and the city council have imposed a linkage fee for developers building multi-unit apartment housing in Everett.
Only those developments not yet permitted for occupancy will be charged the fee.
The idea is to have developers set aside a percentage of their projects for affordable housing for Everett residents with limited income or housing insufficient for their needs.
This new linkage fee will do little to nothing to reduce the need for all kinds of affordable housing.
What Everett needs to do is to create a linkage with the $30 million a year coming in from Encore and to leverage some of that money to build its own affordable housing without having to shake down developers with yet another fee.
Everett remains a city of families more than it is a city of transients.
Thanks to the efforts of Ward 5 School Committee member Marcony Almeida-Barros, Everett High School (EHS) will once again receive critical grant funding to help students who need housing assistance.
The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA), a nonprofit public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness, has presented EHS with a $25,000 grant to help students who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. This follows two similar grants negotiated in each of the past two years. The grant was officially presented to the School Committee by EPS Chief Financial Officer Anu Medappa Jayanth on Monday, September 21.
The city council went from nothing to nowhere debating for about two hours a percentage change that requires developers to allow a certain percentage of new units constructed in the city to be offered at lower rentals in order to enlarge the supply of affordable apartments in the city.
The bottom line in this two-hour debate that led to one percentage being lowered to 15% instead of the 20% where it stood was this: very few, if any new construction units have been built as affordable housing.
Two major projects, the Batchyard, with more than 500 units and the 360 unit megacomplex on the Revere Beach Parkway now being built, contribute not one new unit of affordable housing for the city.
This statistic was revealed by Councilor Fred Capone, who indicated he believed the city was being hurt by not living up to the word of its desire to make available more affordable housing units for residents here.