The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment or NAHRO is asking for $72 million to serve the lowest income residents in the state.
“Homeless people, people that are close to being homeless, seniors that just want to stay in the communities that they’ve lived in all their lives, people are struggling and the housing authorities just feel bad that they’re not able to help their local residents,” The Executive Director of MassNAHRO Donna Brown-Rego said.
NAHRO members applauded the governor’s push for more affordable housing units but they said it doesn’t really help the lowest income residents in Massachusetts.
The governor’s housing production bill serves members of the community who make 80 perform of the state’s median income, NAHRO serves people who make less than that.
The average housing authority unit costs residents about $130 a month. Even with nearly 42,000 units statewide, more than 100,000 people currently sit on waiting lists.
With the additional funding, NAHRO said they would be able to fix old units and hire more staff to better serve communities across the Commonwealth.
Members of NAHRO said they would also like to offer job training programs to give the states lowest income residents an opportunity to succeed.