Rising rents are pushing families out
blue collar workers, its immigrant families and students – lots
of them – all compete for apartments in busy, friendly and
diverse Allston-Brighton, a neighborhood that has long been known
as one of Boston's most affordable neighborhoods.
With the rising rents and the continuous increase of students,
more and more residents are finding themselves priced out and looking
elsewhere for a place to live.
Average rents for a one-bedroom climbed from $620 to $920 between
the 1990 and 2000 according to the Census Bureau, and today even
$1,000 a month is likely to land a prospective tenant in a mouse-infested
dump – if anywhere. Realtors say the average rent of a
one-bedroom is closer to $1,200.
Rising rents throughout the city and the ever-present influx of
students with more ready cash than working families both compound
the problem. For Allston-Brighton residents who don't know where
to turn for more affordable housing, the crunch can be both palpable
rent, bad management have a local couple looking for a new home.
in Allston doesn’t leave many options.
organization helps families stay in Allston-Brighton.