Somerville and the Boston region as a whole are suffering through a housing affordability crisis. To address it, we need to build more housing.
Increased housing production, especially in dense areas near transit, helps our community in many ways:
Somerville needs both subsidized and market-rate housing, and we need plenty of both. Many activists focus on the percentage of units that are designated as affordable; we prefer to maximize the number of affordable units created.
In other words, we’d rather see 20 affordable homes in a large building than 5 in a small one. After all, nobody can live in a percentage of a building that isn’t built.
We support policies that: