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Affordable housing in Massachusetts still a priority for leaders – NBC Boston

Finding space for housing is no easy task in Massachusetts, but local leaders across the Commonwealth are looking for opportunities wherever they are.

A new 106-unit development is popping up in busy Cambridge, and cities like Salem have quickly come into compliance with the MBTA Community Act.

“All of this is designed to address our housing crisis across the state, not just by calling our office, but just the rising costs of buying a home,” said Attorney General Andrea Campbell.

During a walking tour of the Witch City, Campbell praised efforts to add housing above pre-existing storefronts and praised Mayor Dominick Pangallo for embracing the rezoning process.

But not every community has taken the same approach to the MBTA community law. Cities like Milton and Holden are currently out of compliance, and others are delaying the process until a December deadline.

Massachusetts Housing Secretary Ed Augustus says these setbacks raise some concerns, but he is confident everyone will ultimately rally behind this crisis.

“Each community must do its fair share, no more than its share of the rate, because every community has people who cannot afford to stay there,” Augustus said.

Meanwhile, other efforts are underway to improve the state’s housing situation, including the $4 billion Affordable Homes Act.

“Twenty-eight policy changes, we’re hearing that will be debated in the House of Representatives next week and once that’s on the governor’s desk, combined with the MBTA Community Act, these two things will alleviate a lot of problems. the pressure on the housing ecosystem,” said Augustus.

Stay with NBC 10 Boston for more information on the state’s housing efforts and which communities are complying with the MBTA Community Act.

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