House passes legislation from Speaker Shekarchi’s housing package

 

STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi that is part of his eleven-bill housing package introduced earlier this year.

“Last year, when my colleagues and I introduced our legislative package regarding housing issues, we said it would take an ‘all hands on deck’ approach, and that this complex issue requires solutions that address many factors that impede housing production,” said Speaker Shekarchi. “We have had two special legislative commissions that have been meeting regularly over the past year to look at ways we can help cities and towns meet their affordable housing goals, and also to look at the state’s land use. One thing we keep hearing is that we need more density in certain areas. This legislation incentivizes municipalities to allow more multi-unit homes, and also helps keep units affordable.”

2022-H 7941 would permit multi-family rental apartment units to be built as part of a comprehensive plan and to be included in the calculation of low or moderate income housing. It also requires that at least 30% of the units created are deed restricted for households earning not more than 60% of AMI.

 

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