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Jamaica Plain resident and housing activist Betsaida Gutierrez on her front porch.

Jamaica Plain resident and housing activist Betsaida Gutierrez on her front porch.

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Elders feel effects of housing prices

Some safe, others vulnerable as gentrification progresses

For older residents in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, experiences and feelings vary as housing prices rise and their neighborhoods change around them. Some are vulnerable to displacement, while others have found stable, affordable housing. Longtime homeowners have the luxury of contemplating whether to sell, some happy for the significant financial opportunity but hesitant to push a neighborhood shift that often results in fewer people of color.