SPECIAL REPORT: The new housing crisis

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Rents are rising, and the working poor are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

Lack of inventory blamed for sluggish Mass. home sales in May

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Massachusetts home sales fell in May compared to the previous year as a tight supply of properties on the market continues to frustrate buyers, analysts and industry officials said.

Majority Of Mass. Voters Want Economic Gains To Be Shared Evenly, WBUR Poll Finds

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Professor of Political Economy and Founding Director of the Dukakis Center, Barry Bluestone, PhD, explains the policy implications of the poll.

Billerica officials developing strategies to acquire new businesses

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A town hall discussion was held on June 2 in Billerica about EDSAT (Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool) developed by Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to see how well cities and towns compete with other communities on issues related to economic development.

Braintree population may rise 17 percent by 2030

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The population of Braintree is expected to keep going up and by 2030 could top 40,000, which would be 17 percent higher than it is today and 24 percent higher than it was in 2010, according to a recent study by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

Braintree population projected to grow

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A study by Lauren Costello and Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center projects the town’s population will top 40,000 by 2030.

Soaring rents drain household budgets for millions of working people

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Renting has long been a temporary step toward home ownership or a permanent part of living on a tight budget.When people would sit down to work out a budget, devoting 25 percent or 30 percent of monthly income to rent was the “affordable” part of still paying the other bills and maybe saving a bit. But that calculation no longer works for millions of people.

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

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Rents are rising and individuals and families are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

Halifax: Town Receives Economic Advice

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Halifax town officials, residents and business owners attended an economic presentation given Tuesday night at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

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