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File #: 325-19    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/28/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/3/2019 Final action: 9/3/2019
Title: Resolve: That the City Council support the creation of a Security Deposit Pilot Program. Whereas more than half of all Malden households are renters, of which 68% are low income, earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI); and Whereas leases for apartments typically require payment of first month's rent, last month's rent, and a security deposit, a total amount equal to three months' rent, due upon signing; and Whereas many households, especially low-income households, struggle to pay security deposits, a phenomenon that creates an additional barrier to housing and increases the risk of displacement for these families; and Whereas Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), an experienced regional anti-poverty agency and housing services provider, is submitting an application to the Malden Community Preservation Commission to create a Security Deposit Pilot Program; and Whereas the Pilot Program would provide security deposits to landlords on behalf of qualified low...
Sponsors: Jadeane Sica, Craig Spadafora, Deborah DeMaria, Ryan O'Malley, Barbara Murphy, Stephen Winslow, Peg Crowe
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Resolve: That the City Council support the creation of a Security Deposit Pilot Program.
Whereas more than half of all Malden households are renters, of which 68% are low income, earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI); and
Whereas leases for apartments typically require payment of first month's rent, last month's rent, and a security deposit, a total amount equal to three months' rent, due upon signing; and
Whereas many households, especially low-income households, struggle to pay security deposits, a phenomenon that creates an additional barrier to housing and increases the risk of displacement for these families; and
Whereas Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), an experienced regional anti-poverty agency and housing services provider, is submitting an application to the Malden Community Preservation Commission to create a Security Deposit Pilot Program; and
Whereas the Pilot Program would provide security deposits to landlords on behalf of qualified low-income Malden households, and would require said landlords to return the balance of the security deposit to ABCD upon completion of the tenancy, subject to all applicable laws governing security deposits in the Commonwealth; and
Whereas all security deposits returned to ABCD would be required to be reinvested into the Pilot Program or another Malden-specific program for low-income households subject to the approval of the City and the CPC; and
Whereas the Malden Redevelopment Authority will supervise ABCD's performance under the Pilot Program, and collect all necessary data required to ensure satisfactory performance and to measure the effectiveness of the Pilot Program; therefore, be it hereby
RESOLVED that the City Council supports the creation of a Security Deposit Pilot Program, the purpose of which would be to assist qualified low-income Malden households secure an apartment; and be it further
RESOLVED that the City Council supports ABCD's application to the Community Pre...

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