McCormack Speaks

July 31, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Already Enjoying a Successful Career in Housing, Loiselle Reaches for the Ceiling


by Patrick Lawlor, MPA 2016

Courtenay Loiselle, MPA ’16Many of us who have suffered through countless New England winters often dream about what winters would be like in a place like Arizona: No more salt stains on our shoes, no more bone-chilling walks to the T stop. But Courtenay Loiselle, Public Administration ’16, did just the opposite. Having moved to Boston from Tucson in 2001, Loiselle has already made her mark in affordable housing and there is nothing slowing her down. Continue Reading →

April 4, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Affordable Housing – Not In My Backyard

by an anonymous McCormack Graduate School Student

apartment buildingHousing prices are a problem in Massachusetts. Every metric shows Boston and the Greater Boston area are some of the most expensive in the nation. Boston has the 3rd highest housing prices in the United States. These facts are no news to anyone who lives here.

Often our cities are disproportionately asked to be the hosts of affordable and low-income housing. The 2014 Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s inventory of stock backs this assertion. Old mill cities and low- income communities have provided 40B housing stock as mandated by the Commonwealth. Conversely, our small and high-income communities are slow to build affordable or low-income housing units.

And in some cases, wealthy communities are outright hostile to any affordable housing development. Continue Reading →

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