The 2019 Greater Boston Housing Report Card is a collaboration between The Boston Foundation, Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Planning, UMASS Donahue Institute, and MHP Center for Housing Data. The report looks at the state of housing in Greater Boston, specifically around supply and demand, production, segregation, and local control.
Visit the website for a concise summary of each chapter and to explore interactive maps and tables on community data.
Researcher Amy Dain reports on two years of research into the regulations, plans and permits in the 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston. The research was commissioned by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and funded collaboratively with: Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing, and Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
A list of 9 essential factors to think about when considering land for housing development.
A 2018 white paper by the Pioneer institute on the state of ADUs in local Eastern Massachusetts bylaws and ordinances.
This document was created by Mass Housing as a guide for third-party monitoring agents of affordable housing in Massachusetts.
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
The database is a resource that tracks technical assistance (TA) program awards and grants from state agencies related to housing and planning from fiscal year 2016 - 2018. The database includes all 351 communities, even if they have not had a recent grant or technical assistance. In addition to tracking grants and TA, the database also has information about the community, such as the last reported percentage of qualified housing on the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI), Housing Choice Initiative designation, and whether the community has passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA).
The resources below are (1) A letter from DHCD Undersecretary, Janelle Chan, introducing and explaining the database, (2) a comprehensive list and description of all 14 TA programs tracked, (3) A print friendly PDF of the database, and (4) The actual excel sheet of the database so users can sort the data more easily. The next update of the public database will be in June 2019.
For more information about the database, please contact Chris Kluchman, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Housing Choice Program Director at Chris.Kluchman@mass.gov.
MHP created this guide in 2018. Local Action Units (LAUs) are affordable housing units created as a result of an intentional action taken by a community, without a comprehensive permit, and which meet the requirements for inclusion on the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI). The goals of this document are: 1) to describe methods that communities are using to create LAUs; 2) provide technical guidance on how communities can ensure that all LAUs are affordable and will be eligible for inclusion on the SHI, and 3) outline requirements and best practices for ongoing compliance monitoring.
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.
For its 2005 guidebook on developing housing on public land, MHP commissioned housing consultant John Ryan to produce a useful checklist of what needs to be done to develop affordable housing on public land.