Voting Precincts: Councilors Linehan and Wu filed a home rule petition for a special law regarding an act relative to voting precincts in the City of Boston. The city would benefit from re-precincting as there are a number of precincts that are currently too overpopulated for all people within them to comfortably vote at the locations and times allotted for them to do so. New polling locations are also necessary to make the voting process easier for a number of residents. Voting is one of our most fundamental rights and is one that we can make more accessible for the people of our city. I have signed on in support of this home rule petition.
Registration and Tracking of Sex Offenders: Councilor Flaherty filed an order for a hearing regarding the registration and tracking of sex offenders in the City of Boston. A number of homeless offenders register without a verifiable address and do so by listing shelters or public spaces, like parks, as home addresses. This loophole makes it extremely difficult for these offenders to be accurately tracked and we need to find a way to prevent this practice from continuing in order to increase safety for all people in Boston. I have signed on in support of this order.
Access to Affordable Housing: Councilor Essaibi-George filed an order for a hearing regarding access to affordable housing. Making housing in our city affordable is only half of the battle. We also have to make sure that these affordable units are accessible to those who need them. The amount of red tape and paperwork surrounding the process of applying for affordable housing prevents many people who are eligible for it and who would benefit from it from ever actually receiving it. It is imperative that we find a way to make the process easier for the members of our community or find a way to effectively support all of those that need assistance during the process. I have signed on in support of this order.