Massachusetts is the third most expensive state to call home. To afford the average one-bedroom apartment, a person needs to earn $27.41 per hour – more than double our current minimum wage. The First Essex District is no exception. Our cost-of-living has risen out of reach of many young people, service and care workers, and seniors – the people enhancing our communities, caring for those in need, and keeping our local economies running.
In recognition that housing is a basic human right, Amber will advocate for:
Changing zoning laws to help advance affordable housing development and smart growth
Ensuring seniors can afford to stay in their communities
Increasing and reimagining our investment in public housing
Making a real commitment to programs designed to help prevent homelessness