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Norwood’s end-run around affordable housing laws

State lawmakers passed a bond bill that put $1.4 billion into affordable housing last week. And in doing so, they allowed two of their own to turn a bill funding housing for poor people into a vehicle for blocking the construction of housing for poor people.

Representative John Rogers and Senator Michael Rush attached a rider to the Legislature’s housing bond bill that effectively sinks a 296-unit affordable housing project in Norwood. Norwood has no legal power to block the development, which is being built under the state’s affordable housing law, but if the Rogers-Rush amendment makes it past the governor’s desk, the town will be able to squash the affordable housing project anyway.

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