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May 11

Resale of a 3-bedroom unit in Olmsted Hill

Posted to Affordable Housing Opportunities by David Guzman

The Brookline Housing Division is facilitating the resale of a 3-bedroom unit located in Olmsted Hill (8 Olmsted Road Unit 3)

This is a first time homebuyer opportunity for income qualified households earning 110% of area median income or less. 

3-members household, income of $138,798 or less; 4 members, income of $154,220; 5 members, income of $166,557; 6 members, income of $178,895.  Buyer will be selected by lottery. 

Unit is 1,234 sq.ft. with parking included.  (Space # 41)

Price: $372,932; RE Taxes $30 monthly; Condo Fee $634* (RE Taxes and Condo fee is estimate and subject to change)

Resale restrictions will apply in order to maintain affordability for subsequent buyers.  Lottery winner will be invited to tour the unit upon lottery drawing.  This unit requires a household composition of at least three persons and a maximum of six persons.

Application and guidelines are available at 

Deadline for application submission is Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at noon.  Lottery date is Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at noon via Zoom.

Jan 05

Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities

Posted to Planning & Community Development by Kara Brewton

Last week the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development released Draft Guidelines for the Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities...

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Jul 30


Posted to Public Health Director's Blog by Dr. Swannie Jett

For World Hepatitis Day, the community gets to learn more about different types of viral hepatitis and what people can do to help eliminate hepatitis. There are 5 types of viral hepatitis, which are hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, causing both acute and chronic liver disease. Viral hepatitis is one of the biggest global health threats of our time. 290 million people living with viral hepatitis are unaware. It is important for the community to learn about viral hepatitis more and continue to work on eliminating the cause.

  • Hepatitis A is primarily spread when someone ingests the virus from contact with food, drinks, or objects contaminated by feces from an infected person or has close personal contact with someone who is infected. Hepatitis A does not cause chronic liver disease and is rarely fatal, but it can cause serious symptoms. Hepatitis A can be prevented through improved sanitation, food safety, and vaccination.
  • Hepatitis B is often spread during birth from an infected mother to her baby. Infection can also occur through contact with blood and other body fluids through injection drug use, unsterile medical equipment, and sexual contact. Hepatitis B is most common in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, but is also high in the Amazon region of South America, the southern parts of eastern and central Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The hepatitis B virus can cause both acute and chronic infection, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, chronic illness. If infected at birth or during early childhood, people are more likely to develop a chronic infection, which can lead to liver cirrhosis or even liver cancer. Getting the hepatitis B vaccine is the most effective way to prevent hepatitis B. WHO recommends that all infants receive the hepatitis B vaccine as soon as possible after birth, followed by 2-3 additional doses. In many parts of the world, widespread infant vaccination programs have led to dramatic declines of new hepatitis B cases.
  • Hepatitis C is spread through contact with blood of an infected person. Infection can occur through injection drug use and unsafe medical injections and other medical procedures. Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis C is also possible. Hepatitis C can cause both acute and chronic infections, but most people who get infected develop a chronic infection. A significant number of those who are chronically infected will develop liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Since discovery of new treatments, over 90% of people with hepatitis C can be cured within 2-3 months, reducing the risk of death from liver cancer and cirrhosis. The first step for people living with hepatitis C to benefit from treatments is to get tested and linked to care. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C but research in this area is ongoing.
  • Hepatitis D is passed through contact with infected blood. Hepatitis D only occurs in people who are already infected with the hepatitis B virus. People who are not already infected with hepatitis B can prevent hepatitis D by getting vaccinated against hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis E is spread mainly through contaminated drinking water. Hepatitis E usually clears in 4-6 weeks so there is no specific treatment. However, pregnant women infected with hepatitis E are at considerable risk of mortality from this infection.  Hepatitis E is found worldwide, but the number of infections is highest in East and South Asia. Improved sanitation and food safety can help prevent new cases of hepatitis E. A vaccine to prevent hepatitis E has been developed and is licensed in China, but is not yet available elsewhere.