The Big Picture
Weve been saying it for a long time. Housing laws pushed by legal aid lawyers are designed to put private housing providers out of business so that tax-funded subsidized housing developers can take over.
Some of you may think we are paranoid nuts. So we offer you:
Exhibit No. 1:
Between 1965 and 1985, Massachusetts lost 96% of its rooming house units, the largest drop in the country.
Exhibit No. 2:
Willa Mae Brothers.
Shes the black landlady who was jailed last year after Boston boarded up her rooming houses. All four of her rooming houses have been bought by you guessed it non-profit tax-funded agencies, to be turned into homeless shelters, the governments version of rooming houses.
Exhibit No. 3:
Cost. Typical room: $400 a month. Typical shelter bed: $1,300 a month.
Rooming houses are almost gone, low-income neighborhoods face rampant deterioration and abandonment, advocates cry for more high-cost subsidized housing, no changes in housing laws. Does 1 + 1 = 2?