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MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension

Today, Governor Baker announced a serious response to the looming eviction crisis, including much-needed funds for rental assistance to at-risk tenants, assistance for landlords, funding toward legal assistance in court, and expansion of mediation services to keep housing cases out of the courtroom in the first place. As the regional planning agency for Greater Boston, […]

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The Crisis Continues: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap October Update

We estimate that 45,000 renter households and 35,000 owner households with a worker on standard unemployment assistance will have trouble covering their housing costs and basic needs this month. The rent gap for these households could exceed $40 million in October alone. We also know that tens of thousands of other households are also in […]

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October Data Viz: Changing Forms of Municipal Government

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. October’s visualization examines data from the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 releases of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Municipal Directory. In just two years, Massachusetts municipalities have made over […]

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Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan Program

Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) Program Six Greater Boston communities will receive technical assistance to create and begin to implement racial equity action plans over the next year. The towns of Bedford, Natick, and Stoughton and cities of Framingham, Lynn, and Revere will participate in the Racial Equity Municipal Action […]

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“Small Steps: Dances of Resilience” Premieres Sept. 9-11

Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Documentary from MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo premieres September 9, 10, & 11 In the beginning, Small Steps on Climate Change was a dance and embodied movement performance intended to inspire Metro Boston to view climate change as an opportunity to create stronger, collaborative, healthier, and more vibrant communities. In the […]

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September Data Viz: Completing the 2020 Census

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. September’s visualization revisits the 2020 Census and examines response rates across the region. With just one month left before counting efforts close, some communities are still […]

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New Analysis: How Much COVID-Related Housing Assistance Will MA Municipalities Need?

New Data | The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap How Much COVID-Related Housing Assistance Will MA Municipalities Need? Published: August 25, 2020 Where in Massachusetts will residents need housing assistance once the state’s eviction moratorium ends? Everywhere, shows a new MAPC analysis of unemployment and housing data.   454,954 people across the state are collecting unemployment benefits […]

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MAPC Publishes Unemployment Rapid Response Plan

Photo Credit: Jon Taylor MAPC Publishes Unemployment Rapid Response Plan Last week, MAPC published “A Community and Regional Rapid Response Plan: Significant Labor Force Disruptions’ and Unemployment,” which includes an analysis of critical needs for those unemployed due to COVID-19 and a detailed action framework for municipalities and the region to address the crisis. The […]

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Call for Participants: “Living Together” Documentary

Download Call for Participants Call for Participants: “Living Together” Documentary MAPC and filmmaker Mariona Lloreta are seeking participants for a short film that will feature residents of Greater Boston. The “Living Together” documentary will highlight the experiences of those living in the region and connect those experiences to MetroCommon 2050, Greater Boston’s next regional plan. […]

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Local Officials: Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism Our nation’s long-simmering tensions over systemic racism and police violence have resulted in important protests and conversations this summer, making one thing clear: now is a time for action. All of our residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our streets, and we can take […]

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