August 8, 2011 Mara Bushari

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the lack of affordable housing opportunities in the Northeast for the public workforce is fast becoming more and more of an issue.  The cost of homes, especially in Massachusetts, outpaces the wages that workers such as teachers, firefighters, police officers, and first responders receive.  This conflict has notably lowered the quality of life of these workers due to the longer commutes and heavier traffic congestion that they experience.  In fact, many cities have begun to realize the correlation between workforce housing and the well-being of a community, socially and economically.

The steep costs of housing near the workplace also can also create challenges for a business to attract and retain employees.  This issue effects an employer’s judgment to establish or continue a business in a given community.

Experts say that available housing for workers is a critical factor in improving the Massachusetts economy and an area that needs to be addressed.

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Mara Bushari

Mara is a creative thinker and strategic marketer. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University’s College of Communication and worked in international finance before joining The Bushari Team. Mara strives to exceed expectations. As Client Relations Specialist, she is a key facilitator in all team transactions, making the buying or selling process as stress-free as possible for the client. Mara learned many of her extraordinary organizational and problem-solving skills during her service in the Israeli Defense Forces, where she earned the “President’s Award” for exceptional service. In the military, Mara solidified her abilities to achieve top results in high pressure and time sensitive situations. In her spare time, Mara enjoys skiing, photography and writing.

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