On “Eviction Inequalities Worse in Pandemic, Report Says” (Business, March 23): As someone who works closely with business leaders in Massachusetts, I have seen firsthand how our state’s expensive housing market has hurt our communities, driving recent college graduates and out-of-state families in search of more affordable living opportunities, and has been hampering our economy for years.
Now, a slew of recent reports released after two years of the pandemic — from the Home for All Massachusetts analysis of eviction rates in Boston neighborhoods, to the Future of Work Commission’s warning about labor shortages— labor, to data showing population losses in Boston and other major cities – underscores the large and disproportionate burden that the rising cost of living in our state has placed on communities of color, and the gaps our labor -work will be faced accordingly.
For our economy and businesses to thrive, we must support a diverse workforce that can afford to live and access emerging employment opportunities, including those that will come from our growing industry. clean energy. It is essential that we address our affordable housing crisis to invest in housing policies and workforce training strategies that will create a more equitable and prosperous Commonwealth.
The author is president of the Alliance for Business Leadership and a former Massachusetts State Representative.