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State House News LOW-INCOME FAMILIES LEFT IN DARK BY SOLAR LAW, ADVOCATES SAY

Advocates on Thursday urged lawmakers to consider access to solar energy as a civil rights issue.

The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee held a hearing on bills dealing with solar power and the credits that solar producers can earn from selling their energy back to the grid. Among them was a bill that seeks to ensure low-income communities and renters receive the same level of compensation as homeowners.

'Hit First And Worst': Region's Communities Of Color Brace For Climate Change Impacts

ACE's work on climate resiliency was featured on WBUR.

Reported by Shannon Dooling

The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

And those same communities often already are located among environmental hazards like trash incinerators, fuel storage tanks and the toxic remains that come with them.

PORT Park, in Chelsea, is located at the site of a former asphalt storage facility.

Dudley’s new market rate: boon to some; others: displacement

As rents rise across the city, Dudley Square seems to be drawing real estate developers who aim to attract tenants seeking the more moderate side of market rate housing. For Roxbury residents who have long clamored for greater diversity of housing and business in the area, this may signal the hoped-for change. ... But for Roxbury residents living in deeply affordable housing, the picture is bleaker. While rents on market rate apartments are currently near or below city average, they are climbing past the reach of the Section 8 tenants who have long inhabited the Dudley Square area; as a result, many of these tenants are likely to be displaced.