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South End Affordable Housing Tour

Corcoran Center
South End Affordable Housing Tour with Vince O'Donnell

National Low Income Housing Profiles by State

National Low Income Housing Coalition
Our Housing Profiles provide a one-page snapshot of the information advocates need to make the case for socially just housing policy. The State Housing Profiles are perfect to take with you when meeting with a state elected official or U.S. Senator. Take the Congressional District Housing Profile for your congressional district with you when you meet with your U.S. Representative.

MA Self-Guided Eviction Tool

Greater Boston Legal Services
This completely free guided interview is for Massachusetts tenants who are being evicted. It is estimated to take between 25 and 90 minutes for a typical tenant to use on their own. It will help you make sure that you respond to your landlord's eviction case correctly.

State Support for Local School Construction: Leveraging Equity and Diversity

Lauren Mittman, Nikhil De, and Philip Tegeler
Historically, state support for suburban school construction facilitated white flight and metropolitan segregation. The least we can do today is think more carefully about the impacts of future school construction funding. PRRAC has prepared a policy brief on this question, based on a state-by-state survey of current practices.

Best Practices for RAD "Choice-Mobility" Implementation

Poverty & Race Research Action Council
The Rental Assistance Demonstration has become the most significant public housing redevelopment program in the U.S., bringing new funds to support aging properties around the country. One essential element of the program is that, after conversion, all tenants have a right to request a portable Housing Choice Voucher, and move to a community of their choice (thus opening up their apartment to another eligible family on the waiting list). Few housing authorities have worked out plans for implementation of this Choice-Mobility feature of the program, so we have developed a guidance document for PHAs and advocates, based on extensive policy research and interviews.

Fifty Years Of “The People v. HUD”

Poverty & Race research Action Council (PRRAC)
HUD has benefited enormously from strong civil rights advocacy, and many of HUD’s most important regulatory guidelines have emerged from this advocacy. We offer this selected timeline as a tribute to this ongoing history and, we hope, an inspiration to a new generation of civil rights and tenant activists.

COVID Community Data Lab

Boston Indicators
We’re scanning the best available data sources to analyze how our communities have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in early March. (Since public health experts are covering the dynamics of the virus spread, we focus here mostly on non-virus-related areas.) We’re looking at non-traditional sources like call volumes to the state’s 211 social service call center and road traffic through Mass Pike toll gantries. None of them are perfect, and there’s a lot of other data we wish we had. But taken together these sources paint a picture of how much our day-to-day lives have been altered across a few key domains.

COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard

Eviction Lab
Safe, stable, and decent housing has always been central to ensuring health and stability. Today, with the United States focused on containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the broader and longstanding issue of income and housing insecurity has quickly become paramount to the health of an entire nation.To better understand the steps states have taken to prevent homelessness during and after the pandemic, the Eviction Lab and Columbia Law School’s Professor Emily Benfer have developed a policy scorecard for each state, distilling the contents of thousands of newly-released emergency orders, declarations, and legislation into a clear set of critical measures included in, and left out of, state-level pandemic responses related to eviction and housing.

Housing Matters

Urban Institute
Housing Matters is an online resource for the most rigorous research and practical information on how a quality, stable, affordable home in a vibrant community contributes to individual and community success.

DataTown

Massachusetts Housing Partnership's Center for Housing Data
The site compiles community-level information from various data sources for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, and visualizes that data in graphics and charts so it's easy to understand, print out and bring to a community discussion.

Homes for Families: Family Housing Resource Guide Massachusetts

Brooke Murphy, UMass Boston Master of Public Administration Graduate Student
All of the resources, terms, definitions, subsidies and programs one should know to create affordable family housing in Massachusetts.

Green + Healthy Property Management: A Guide for Multifamily Affordable Housing

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
LISC created this Guide to help affordable housing owners define and pursue measures to reduce the use of energy, water, and harmful chemicals in their properties, reduce waste generated on site, create healthier living environments for residents, and reduce the carbon and environmental footprint associated with residential properties.

Equitable Development / Brownfields Planning

Groundwork USA
Groundworks USA's technical assistance team offers customized strategy, tools, and peer support for those in brownfield-affected communities seeking a more inclusive planning and redevelopment agenda in which everyone can prosper.

Building Blocks: Connecting People, Places and Policies

Enterprise Community Partners
A podcast for thought-provoking conversations about the current issues, trends, ideas and big questions facing the affordable housing and community development field in the United States.

Housing Toolbox for Mass Communities

MHP
Strategies and best practices for the creation and preservation of affordable housing, with guides, tools and resources for local boards & committees, planners, municipal staff, developers, and volunteers.

The Cost of Affordable Housing: Does it Pencil Out?

Urban Institute and the National Housing Conference
This interactive online tool illustrates how charging rents affordable to low-income families makes it difficult to finance affordable housing without subsidy.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Mapping Tool

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mapping tool from HUD allows communities to explore race disparities and fair housing considerations in their area

Assessment of Fair Housing Tool

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Local governments can use this tool to assess their communities' compliance with the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule

Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience

Enterprise Community Partners
Guidebooks includes strategies for protecting buildings and residents during natural disasters

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule Guidebook

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Guidebook explains the new AFFH rule and how to plan communities in compliance with fair housing guidelines

MassHousing HomeOwnership Video Series

MassHousing
Video series is designed to help would-be home buyers and organizations who assist homebuyers

Addressing Community Opposition to Affordable Housing Development: A Fair Housing Toolkit

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
Learn about how to effectively address the concerns of those opposed to affordable housing development in their communities

Consolidated Planning/CHAS Data

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy data can be used to explore the extent of housing problems and housing needs, particularly for low income households.

The Impact of LIHTC in Massachusetts

Affordable Housing Rental A.C.T.I.O.N.
Factsheet covers the positive impact of LIHTC in Massachusetts from 1986-2013

2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

Enterprise
Criteria required to become a certified green community from Enterprise

American Housing Survey

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Survey data collected by the U.S. government on housing

Preserving, Protecting and Expanding Affordable Housing

Change Lab Solutions
The toolkit provides information on housing market trends and research on the links between rising housing costs and poor health outcomes.

Massachusetts Housing Toolbox

Massachusetts Housing Partnership and CHAPA
This website explains strategies that local officials and volunteers can use to garner support for affordable housing

How Housing Matters

Urban Land Institute, MacArthur Foundation
Website showcases research demonstrating the importance of affordable housing

Fair Housing Toolkit

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
The Fair Housing Toolkit brings together available resources to help appointed and elected leaders, municipal planning, housing and development officials, developers, citizen board members, and other volunteers understand how to affirmatively further fair housing.

Low Impact Development Toolkit

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Development methods including rain gardens, bioretention, pervious pavement, and green roofs. The toolkit also includes model bylaw language and an LID codes checklist.

Mixed Use Zoning Toolkit

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
This basic guide to mixed use zoning presents the fundamentals you need to plan a mixed use bylaw.

Pre-Development Design Toolkit

Enterprise
This toolkit will guide you through seven steps to take during the pre-development phase, each of which will help you better design your affordable housing development.