Brookline Housing Authority
I believe Brookline has the capacity to close the housing affordability gap. Brookline is in a unique position to serve its low-income residents by integrating social, educational and economic goals. Working collaboratively with Select Board, state and federal officials, BHA residents and staff, I would investigate proven non-equity housing cooperative models and other nonprofits or “B” corporations. I would reassess employing mixed tenancies and housing mobility goals. I would search for more funds to rehabilitate existing housing and better engage housing residents in decision-making. I would advocate for a more aggressive housing repair schedule. I would move properties towards a goal of being a net zero energy community and also reducing energy consumption by upwards of 75%. I would seek to assess whether the Town’s major housing programs necessitate a more robust investigation of housing discrimination against voucher holders. Perhaps most importantly, I would work collaboratively with BHA staff and Board members to produce a set of performance measures that support our strategic goals.
Town Meeting Member for Precinct 1
I have lived in Precinct I since 2001 where I have been active on a number of issues.I played a lead role in reducing the scope of the proposed Holiday Inn expansion; am a co-petitioner for renaming the Coolidge Corner School; advocated for bestowing a posthumous BHS diploma to a 16-year-old Brookline soldier killed in WWI; and am working in coalition with other residents to tackle a variety of diversity and inclusion issues. I am an environmental attorney with 30 years experience. I am married and the proud god-mother to a spirited 10-year-old who is enrolled in the youth education program at Temple Sinai.