Thursday, June 13, 2024

State Rep. Mike Connolly at a Jan. 14 rally in Harvard Square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

The forming of a 63-member Housing for All caucus in the state Legislature was announced Thursday by Rep. Mike Connolly and Sen. Lydia Edwards.

At the inaugural meeting last week, legislators presented housing policy ideas to attempt in the current session. including homelessness prevention, tenant protections, support for first-time homebuyers, affordable-housing production, zoning reform, revenue to support local affordability, anti-discrimination and civil rights, the officials said.

“Today’s affordable-housing emergency is without any precedent in modern history, so it requires all of us to come together to seek consensus on comprehensive solutions that can address each aspect of this ongoing crisis,” said Connolly, a Democrat representing parts of Cambridge and Somerville, in a press release.

Edwards, a Boston Democrat, said she heard from families in her district every day “who are facing eviction, rent increases and housing instability. I am committed to using every tool available to address the housing crisis, deliver immediate relief to families in need and to work collaboratively to create a system that makes housing truly affordable for all.”

The purpose of the caucus is to build consensus for policies addressing all aspects of the housing crisis, Connolly and Edwards said. Initial areas of interest they named include advancing housing as a human right, working to end housing discrimination, building support for local affordable-housing policies and programs and improving current systems. “The caucus will achieve these aims by supporting legislation, advancing budget priorities, expanding the knowledge base of members, staff and the public and by building collaborative relationships with the administration, legislative leadership, local housing authorities and affordable housing developers and other key community stakeholders,” they said.

Other local officials listed in the caucus are state Reps. Steve Owens, Christine Barber and Erika Uyterhoeven, and state Sens. Pat Jehlen and Sal DiDomenico.

This post was written from a press release.