On the Issues

Protecting Your Right to Safe, Affordable Housing

Housing affordability and homeownership are critical building blocks that allow families to thrive and workers to pursue opportunity, but for too many this is out of reach. Families have no choice but to live in uninhabitable, unsanitary apartments causing residents to suffer illnesses and fear for their children’s safety. Andrea grew up in public housing and has long championed affordable housing and community development. 

As a Boston City Councilor, her first act was to sponsor, fight for, and ultimately approve the Community Preservation Act, which has helped generate over $20 million annually for affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space in Boston. Andrea will continue these efforts as your Attorney General and fight to ensure everyone has access to safe, healthy and affordable housing in a community that they choose.

As Attorney General, Andrea will: 

  • Promote increased development of housing that is affordable, accessible, and meets the needs of residents, including those with disabilities, in recovery, and supportive housing.
  • Hold landlords and property management companies responsible for providing safe, clean, accessible living conditions to all residents.
  • Fight housing discrimination by enforcing and strengthening existing state fair housing laws, including making sure that people who use rental assistance programs, like RAFT and Section 8, are able to access suitable housing and to stay in their homes during challenging times.
  • Investigate digital redlining by pursuing tech companies that sell discriminatory products in Massachusetts that unlawfully exclude people from housing.
  • Protect homeowners by holding bad actors accountable, preventing predatory lending, and protecting residents against unlawful foreclosures.
  • Stand up for renters by making sure tenants know their rights and protecting renters from unlawful evictions.
  • Strengthen communities by revitalizing blighted and abandoned properties.
  • Think creatively about new ways to make Massachusetts more livable and affordable. 
  • Utilize the Attorney General’s authority to review zoning by-laws to ensure they promote thriving, diverse communities.