CDC Eviction Moratorium Struck Down

An in-depth look at the current state of protections against eviction in MA. By Molly Keller Ever since the Massachusetts state eviction moratorium expired last October, renters facing eviction in the state have had to rely on a mishmash of state Eviction Diversion Initiative resources along with the much weaker CDC eviction moratorium to stay … Continue reading CDC Eviction Moratorium Struck Down

Federal PPP Loans Distributed Unequally Across Valley

A lawsuit alleging anti-white male bias slowed distribution to minority owned businesses until little aid was left. By Avery Martin Minority-owned small businesses in Holyoke and Springfield struggled to access pandemic relief funds. Many business owners were unable to access Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), designed by … Continue reading Federal PPP Loans Distributed Unequally Across Valley

Northampton City Council Votes To Stay Remote In Response To Delta Variant

The Council also signaled support for a state housing bill at August’s meeting. By Mike Hanson In their August 19th meeting, following months of hinting at the issue, the Northampton City Council finally voted to continue meeting remotely until at least the beginning of the next session in January in response to the current wave … Continue reading Northampton City Council Votes To Stay Remote In Response To Delta Variant

Community Groups Collaborate on Florence FREEdge

The new community refrigerator is now open for donations and pick-ups along the Northampton Bikeway. By Molly Keller Last week saw the grand opening of the FREEdge in Florence, a shared refrigerator installed by community members in collaboration with local nonprofit Build Repair Grow. The FREEdge will operate under the give-take-share model: neighbors are encouraged … Continue reading Community Groups Collaborate on Florence FREEdge