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News in brief: New housing portal, Maimonides selling building, meet the Brookliners riding PMC

Maimonides School is selling its former elementary school building at 2 Clark Road, pictured at bottom right. Photo courtesy of Newmark
June 18, 2024

The town has announced the launch of a new Housing Case Inquiry portal, which allows residents to contact the town about housing challenges in order to get help from the appropriate department.

As part of the town’s new Housing Stability Office, which was created by Town Meeting in June 2023, the portal can help with everything from “rental assistance programs to housing discrimination concerns and infrastructure conditions,” the town said in a news release.

“This new resource is a critical step in facilitating access to the housing support systems already available in our community,” town administrator Chas Carey said in the release. “We understand navigating these resources can be confusing, and we want to ensure all residents feel empowered to seek the help they need.”

The portal will link residents to both town departments and external resources in the Brookline community depending on the concerns submitted by residents.

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Brookline town departments will be unable to provide direct assistance with rentals, or protection from foreclosure and eviction, but will “work diligently to explore all options” according to the release.

Assistant town administrator for operations Tiffany Oliva acknowledged that there may be a “learning curve” as the town attempts to streamline service from the portal but said that her team will be monitoring the process and gathering the data to keep improving it.

The release of the HCI portal marks the second phase of launching the housing stability office, with the upcoming third phase expected to see funds utilized to fix gaps in the town’s existing social service network across the coming fall and winter.

Maimonides selling building on Clark Road

The Maimonides School is selling a building it owns at 2 Clark Road, according to a listing published by the real estate firm Newmark.

The 34,670 square foot building, built in 1997, was previously used as the lower elementary school by Maimonides, a modern orthodox Jewish day school.

In more recent years, since 2019, it’s been leased by the Public Schools of Brookline for early education classrooms and administrative offices. That lease is ending this summer, according to school officials.

Maimonides and Newmark did not respond to requests for comment.

“With the property poised for delivery in a vacant state, it offers an array of possibilities including academic reuse, residential conversion or commercial repositioning,” the listing says.

Brookliners take on Pan-Mass Challenge

Of the 6,500 bicycle riders taking part in this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge, 83 of them are from Brookline.

Held on August 3 and 4, the annual ride features routes between 25 and 211 miles. It’s the 45th edition of the charity ride, which is the single largest contributor to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and its fundraising will cross $1 billion this year.

To learn more, register to ride (one-day routes are still available through July 1), or donate to a rider, visit

Here are Brookline’s riders so far:

Jean Abouhamad, James Adams, Reg Anderson, John Baillieul, Christopher Bassett, Lew Berk, Katie Bhattacharya, Cliff Brown, Janet Buhlmann, Megan Burns, Madeleine Cary, Nicholas Cary, Rhonda Cherry, Nathan Cohen, Greg Collins, Will Cunningham, Robert DeAngelo, George Demetri, Susan Dolphin, Eliot Ebert, Benjamin Ebert, Alan Einhorn, Eric Emmons, Charles Farber, David Feinberg, Michael Ferguson, Chet Geschickter, Sam Gibson, Kristie Gill, Max Gold, Roger Goldstein, Peter Granoff, Sharon Grimberg, Erin Haley, Adam Harris, Leah Harsfield, Damon Hart, Samantha Hersh, Alessandra Hobler, Brian Hochleutner, Arielle Isaacson, Catie Jones, Lisa Kantor, Katrina Kropa, Quentin Kruel, Lenny Kvitnitsky, Yosef Landesman, Karen Landy, Peter Levin, Joel Lewin, Sharon Liszanckie, Christopher Looney, Nicholas Loring, Nathan Ma, Melinda Mann, Tracey McLeod, Mackenzie Owades, David Paresky, Catherine Parker, Steve Plumb, Daniel Rabb, Ben Saada, Emily Saperstone, Nancy Saperstone, William Sellers, Stewart Silverman, Dana Smith, Eric Smith, Martin Solomon, Michele Sommer, Christine St Pierre, Philip St Pierre, Mel Stoler, Robert Stone, Beth Stone, Eliezer Van Allen, Ilan Wapinski, Noah Warner, Jackson Watson, Kai Wucherpfennig, Neda Yousif, Tyler Zon, Leonard Zon.