Kudos to Governor Charlie Baker and MassHousing for choosing Chrystal Kornegay to lead the agency and take a fresh and critical look at Boston’s housing crisis (“Breaking tradition,” Metro, Jan. 10).
The real estate boom and rising prices are spurring a large concentration of wealth in Boston. If affordable housing decreases, wealthy families and lower-income families will become even more segregated. The poor and the middle class will be pushed out.
Expanding affordable housing, creating new tax incentives and credits, and ensuring that new developments include mixed housing units are key to addressing the ensuing housing issues.
There’s an imminent threat to the pulse of Boston and its rich, diverse culture. Without a robust plan to develop housing for everyone, our approach is unsustainable.
Kornegay, a longtime housing activist who grew up in poverty in Brooklyn, N.Y., saw firsthand how a lack of housing directly affects educational attainment and raises a multitude of community issues. Not only does she have a deep knowledge of the issues, but she has the commitment to finding solutions.
The writer is founder and president of Pinck & Co. She has worked in the construction and real estate industry for 40 years.