The US Census collects data on new housing units from local governments in a data set called the Building Permit Survey (BPS). A recent analysis of the US Census Building Permit Survey for Massachusetts shows there was at least a 14% under count of new housing units over the last 5 years. This document explains:
- What the BPS is and why it matters
- A summary of the analysis of the BPS in Massachusetts reporting accuracy
- How communities can help improve BPS accuracy
For more information on the data collected for the BPS analysis, please contact Chris Kluchman, Housing Choice Program Director at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), at Chris.Kluchman@mass.gov
This is a 2018 update of a 2013 publication on how to envision, shape, get support and succeed with your community's local housing trust. Here's what to look for in this new edition:
- Important changes to the statute
- More and varied examples of trust activities and resources
- Additional information about trust activities and best practices.
A list showing what should go into a development agreement between a developer and a municipality.
Example components of comparative criteria in an RFP.
From the Center for Housing Policy, a 2013 white paper on public opinion of affordable housing and recommendations for language and messaging.
MAPC's housing data portal is intended to support communities in their housing production plans, assessing needs, and create housing data profiles
An outline of engineering tasks during pre-development, including site survey, site engineering, structural engineering, and responsibilities.
An outline and overview of the architectural design process including steps in the process, responsibilities and timeline.