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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Kim Janey大放利多 波市首次購屋者有望獲得最高4萬元補助

波士頓代市長Kim Janey宣佈新政

            (Boston Orange 編譯)今年下半年以後的波士頓市首次購屋者,有望獲得高達4萬元的補助。波士頓代市長Kim Janey另發佈行政命令,71日起,市府勞工合約薪資將比照州府標準。

波士頓代市長Kim Janey(10)日宣佈兩項方案,期以促進經濟發展機會。其一為在2022會計年度中撥款240萬元,支持波士頓家庭中心(Boston Home Center)”的購屋者計畫,收入符合資格的首次購屋者,最高可得4萬元補助,比波士頓市往年撥發的平均金額高了3倍。

購屋者將在購買過程中,從波士頓市鄰里發展局(DND)的波士頓家庭中心那兒獲悉他們有資格獲得的補助金額。

首次購屋者援助項目將視乎住宅種類,為首次購屋者提供34萬元的首期款及過戶手續費補助。不論是購買公寓或是一,二,三家庭屋的物業都有資格申請。根據波士頓市府的歷史資料,70%首次購屋者為有色人種,平均可獲一萬元左右補助款。

Kim Janey今日還在記者會中,站著簽署了一份行政命令,規定波士頓市府從71日起,所有的清潔,守衛等地服務合約,將比照州政府較優惠的薪資費率簽署。目前的麻州政府薪資費率為每小時14.85元至20元,另加6.26元到6.7元的醫療及退休金福利。

                    Kim Janey表示,這一行政命令旨在認可薪資及福利必須能夠支持家庭的重要性。波士頓市府希望藉此為其他雇主樹立榜樣。

                      波士頓市府是波士頓市最大的雇主,聘有18,000名員工。波市府稱,雖然行政命令的對象是合約工,波士頓代市長Kim Janey有意經由協作議價過程,讓相關位置的市府員工都享有州政府標準的薪資。

            波士頓市府在新聞稿中指出,Kim Janey上任以來,陸續宣佈了多項確保市民從新冠病毒疫情中平等恢復正常生活的措施,包括四月份由社區保存委員會(CPC)500萬元給波士頓家庭中心的One+Boston首次購屋者計畫,三月份撥5000萬元的租金紓困款以支持租住房屋的波士頓居民有穩定住所。Kim Janey最近還提議,從美國援救計畫經費撥5000萬元辦緊急紓困計畫,以支持波士頓居民、工人及小企業的平等恢復,重新開放。

Mayor Kim Janey Announces Measures to Boost Homeownership, Wages and Economic Equity in Boston 

First time homebuyers will receive up to $40,000 and City service contractors will be guaranteed State prevailing wage rates.   

 

BOSTON — Thursday, June 10, 2021 — Mayor Kim Janey today announced a pair of measures to promote economic opportunity in the City as part of her agenda for Boston’s equitable recovery, reopening, and renewal. With $2.4 million committed to this program in the Mayor’s FY22 budget proposal, the Boston Home Center's first-time Homebuyer Program has been expanded to provide up to $40,000 in assistance to income-eligible, first-time homebuyers who seek to purchase a home in Boston. This change more than triples the average amount of assistance previously offered by the City. These homebuyers will also be informed earlier in the buying process about the amount of financing they are eligible to receive from the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) Boston Home Center. The Mayor has also issued an executive order today, guaranteeing the prevailing wage set by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards for workers on key City of Boston service contracts, starting July 1, 2021. 

“Homeownership provides economic stability and a chance for working families to build wealth that can be passed from generation to generation,” said Mayor Janey. “Increasing opportunities for Boston families to buy their own homes is essential to closing the racial wealth gap in our city. I am proud of the work of the Boston Home Center to make the dream of owning a home a reality for more Boston residents through the Homebuyer Assistance Program.” 

The First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program will offer $30,000 to $40,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance, depending on home type. Condominiums, one-, two-, and three-family properties are eligible. Historically, the average financial assistance awarded to a first-time homebuyer had been about $10,000 and over 70% of program participants were households of color. The expanded program will also now provide eligible homebuyers with pre-qualification letters, to ease the homebuying process. For more information about the Boston Home Center Homebuying programs, please visit here.

“The work that the Department of Neighborhood Development does is not only about homeownership, it’s also about planting seeds for the next generation,” said Shimika Callender, a resident of Dorchester who was recently able to buy a home in her own neighborhood. “My 13-year-old son has witnessed his mom buy a home, and now he is interested in real estate himself. For every family that DND is able to help, there is likely a child bearing witness to the process and dreaming big. The work that DND does contributes to giving families and children the vision to turn their dreams into reality.”

In a separate measure, Mayor Janey signed an executive order that adopts the prevailing wage rate set by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards for all city contracts for cleaning and security services going out to bid after July 1, 2021. The current State prevailing wage rate is $14.85 to $20 per hour, with an additional $6.26 to $6.70 in health and pension benefits.  

“This executive order recognizes the importance of family-sustaining wages and benefits as well as maintaining high quality services in our public buildings,” said Mayor Janey. “The City of Boston is setting a standard for other employers to follow that supports the wellbeing of Boston’s working families and promotes a more equitable recovery for our economy.”

The City of Boston is the city’s largest employer, with more than 18,000 public workers across a wide range of roles. While the executive order targets city contractors, Mayor Janey intends to work with city unions through the collective bargaining process to extend prevailing wages to city employees in related positions. This executive order provides an equitable platform for wage progression, helping to achieve family sustaining wages for low-wage workers, and seeks to promote economic mobility. The City will lead by example and encourage other private employers in and around Boston to join in the effort. 

"I commend Mayor Janey for this important and needed executive order, as so many of these essential workers have supported our City so well, especially during this stressful time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Natalicia Tracy, PhD, of the Brazilian Worker Center. “This executive order will level the playing field somewhat so that these hard-working people can provide for their own families, as they continue to maintain our buildings to ensure they are safe, clean, and secure for the City as a whole." 

Today's announcements are the latest in a series of measures that the City is taking to ensure the equitable recovery for our residents from the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Mayor Kim Janey announced that the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) awarded $5 million to the Boston Home Center’s ONE+Boston First-Time Homebuyer Program. In March, Mayor Janey announced $50 million in new rental relief funding to support housing stability for thousands of Boston renters. Additionally, Mayor Janey recently proposed a $50 million emergency relief plan, funded through the American Rescue Plan, to support an equitable recovery and reopening for Boston residents, workers and small businesses. 

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