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Friday, April 01, 2022

波士頓市長吳弭向HUD遞文件啟動公平房屋月

MAYOR MICHELLE WU KICKS OFF FAIR HOUSING MONTH WITH SUBMISSION OF FAIR HOUSING DOCUMENTS TO HUD
Mayor Michelle Wu
BOSTON - Friday, April 1, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu today launched Fair Housing Month by announcing the submission of the City of Boston’s Assessment of Fair Housing to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. With this submission, Boston is complying with federal fair housing requirements first established by the Obama administration. Fair Housing Month is celebrated annually during the month of April in commemoration of the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

“Housing stability and affordability must be the foundation of our recovery,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’m grateful for the years of advocacy of the community advisory committee. Their leadership has made Boston a national leader in fair housing and will help ensure that we’re a city everyone can call home.”

Mayor Wu announced that implementation of the fair housing requirements will be led by a monitoring committee comprised of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which previously spearheaded a multi-year community engagement process to identify fair housing challenges, priorities and action steps to advance a fair housing agenda in Boston, and the Executive Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, Will Onuoha. Onuoha will now serve as Chair of the Monitoring Committee. 

Following the submission to HUD, the monitoring committee will now create individual work plans for the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, the Boston Housing Authority, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency as required by the Executive Order. The committee will meet quarterly to track progress. The committee will also review development projects by assessing and monitoring the effectiveness of the Boston Interagency Fair Housing Development Committee (BIFDC) and report to the Chief of Equity and Inclusion on the progress of implementation. With the submission, Boston now has five years to meet all 108 fair housing goals in order to successfully implement the plan to affirmatively further fair housing across City departments.

“I’m grateful for the advocates who have worked so hard to advance fair housing and build a city for everyone,” said Mariangely Solis Cervera, Chief of Equity & Inclusion. “We look forward to working alongside the Monitoring Committee to ensure we are embedding equity in everything we do.”

“Housing is a human right. I want to thank Mayor Wu for her courageous leadership,” said Will Onuoha, Executive Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity. “She signed the AFFH executive order in her first 100 days and today’s action renews Boston’s commitment to ensure all residents can secure fair and equitable housing. It shows that this administration is serious about diversity and inclusion at all levels of City government.” 

In January, Mayor Wu signed an Executive Order Relative to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing adopting the City of Boston’s Assessment of Fair Housing, intended to instill the practice of fair housing and racial equity throughout all levels of City government. Mayor Wu is building on Boston’s legacy as a leader in fair housing and civil rights after Boston became the first major city to embed fair housing in its zoning code in 2021. The zoning amendment requires developers  to consider impacts on area residents historically discriminated against so that steps can be taken to reduce those impacts, provide new housing opportunities, and address past histories of exclusion. The amendment was spearheaded by State Senator Lydia Edwards. 

“The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is deeply grateful to Mayor Wu for signing the Executive Order adopting the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) that was developed over several years with input from hundreds of Boston residents and community groups,” said Lincoln Larmond, Chair of the CAC. “The CAC is proud to have succeeded in creating a substantive fair housing mechanism with the city. We realize many challenges and a great deal of hard work remain to live up to the letter and promise of the executive order.  The CAC looks forward to working on behalf of Boston residents and is hopeful we will be able to continue to work with the city to create a Boston in which all voices are heard and respected.

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