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Looking for a specific report, sample RFP and other documents that explain the affordable housing process? The Housing Toolbox resource section has all the materials that appear on this site.

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019

August 15, 2019

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. 

Census Building Permit Survey Under Counts Massachusetts Housing Units

December 20, 2018

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