DiDomenico celebrates Federal Housing Award

DiDomenico celebrates Federal Housing Award

Especially for the Patriot Bridge

Senator Sal DiDomenico joined local, state and federal leaders, including Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, at Cambridge City Hall to celebrate the award of HUD’s $3 million Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Affordable Housing program to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for Boston, Cambridge, Everett and Newton. The grant will allow these cities to explore the idea of ​​building a modular housing factory in our region. This type of housing construction is new to our state and has the potential to speed up construction times, reduce costs and create jobs.

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Senator Sal DiDomenico with HUD officials, MAPC leaders, Congressman Jake Auchincloss, State
Representative Marjorie Decker, Mayor Carlo DeMaria of Everett, City Manager Yi-An Huang of Cambridge and
Cambridge City Councillors Sumbul Siddiqui, Patty Nolan and Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler.

“I am pleased that these federal funds will help communities in my district expand access to affordable housing and address the housing crisis,” said Senator DiDomenico, Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate. “This investment will help cities in my district and the state develop new innovative strategies to accelerate the process of building housing. And that is exactly how we will solve the housing crisis we are in. I want to thank MAPC and the city leaders in my district and beyond who are working to increase affordable housing across the Commonwealth.”

Senator DiDomenico with Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang,
Cambridge City Councilor Sumbul Siddiqui, Cambridge City Councilor Ayesha Wilson and State Representative Marjorie Decker.

When asked what brought him to this day-long event, Mayor DeMaria explained, “I was invited to Cambridge City Hall along with State Senator Sal DiDomenico to speak about the importance of housing and transit-oriented development aimed at reducing housing costs, one of the most prevalent problems facing our residents.”

Also in attendance at the event were Congressman Jake Auchincloss, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’ 4th District, Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary Damon Smith, MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, and other leaders and elected officials from Boston, Cambridge, and Newton.

The Mayor concluded his remarks with the following statement: “I would like to congratulate MAPC on its successful application to HUD and look forward to our continued partnership in achieving the goals of this PRO Housing award.”

Following the press conference, representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will lead a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the housing market in our region.

This was a highly competitive grant program, with over 175 applications received from across the country. The MAPC region is one of only four other regional applications that were selected.