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Maureen E. McDonagh, Director of the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic has been named to a new task force convened by Mayor Martin J. Walsh set to take on a challenge that has stymied Boston’s leaders for years: how to create more housing for low- and middle-income residents in a city beset by soaring rents and home prices.

Walsh announced the formation of the group composed of academics, developers, planners, tenants, and landlords in April, 2014.

“All of Boston’s residents deserve access to good quality housing,” Walsh said. “We will get there. We will make sure the city is a place that everyone in the community can call home.”

Walsh has charged the task force with producing a plan by early summer that sets concrete goals to meet the city’s housing needs along with strategies for reaching them. Among many challenges, he said, the group will need to find a way to control development costs while encouraging private developers to build homes and apartments for low-income families and the elderly.

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