Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, and affordable housing is the bedrock of a strong community. In recent years, Boston’s population has grown steadily. This growth has contributed to high housing costs--and many people are feeling the pressure. Keeping up with housing demand and increasing affordability is crucial to making sure working people, families, seniors, and everyone can continue to thrive in the communities they love. It’s also a key strategy for wealth building, preventing displacement, and ending chronic homelessness. A strong commitment to housing affordability will be more important than ever throughout the recovery from COVID-19. 

John’s record:

  • As Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, John led the creation of the largest urban land trust in the country, creating hundreds of affordable homes and protecting residents from eviction in Roxbury and Dorchester.

  • John has decades of experience bringing community members, developers, advocacy groups, and government agencies to the table to preserve and create housing affordability.

  • As Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, John led efforts to demand more from developers and put City land and resources toward affordable housing.

  • As a lifelong resident of Roxbury and Dorchester, with experience as a community organizer, non-profit leader and government official, John has the vision, skills, and experience to continue growing Boston’s economy while also increasing housing affordability and community resilience.

As Mayor, John will:

  • Take immediate steps to assist Bostonians at risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 economic crisis by providing rent assitance. Even beyond the COVID-19 crisis, John will work towards lifting up residents who are at risk of eviction and often living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Increase housing production in Boston in order to keep up with demand and stabilize rents and housing costs.

  • Dedicate more City resources for affordable homes and public housing options, including more affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Use more City-owned land for affordable homes, and also call on the State and Federal governments to contribute more to housing affordability in Boston.

  • Leverage City-owned buildings to create housing adjacent to libraries, community centers, and other public assets.

  • Encourage cities and towns surrounding Boston to do their fair share in preserving and building affordable housing.

  • Build on the City’s homeownership programs and mortgage products, so more people have access to the stability that homeownership brings.

  • Call on colleges and universities to build more on-campus housing to preserve neighborhood homes for working families.

  • Grow the City’s Office of Housing Stability to make sure tenants know their rights and protect them from eviction.