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MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 12 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 […]

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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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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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August Data Viz: Paycheck Protection Program

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. August’s visualization examines how Paycheck Protection Program loans are spread across Massachusetts. Almost every municipality has a business that received a loan, but the percentage of […]

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Race & Equity Experts Discuss “The Diversity Deficit”

Our municipal workforce is much less diverse than the region it serves. For younger employees of color, the imbalance is even more extreme. That’s what MAPC found in “The Diversity Deficit: Municipal Employees in Metro Boston.” The research analyzes the demographics of municipal employees in 164 Metro Boston cities and towns. These employees are overwhelmingly […]

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The Diversity Deficit: MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity

The Diversity Deficit MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity  The people who work in Greater Boston cities and towns are overwhelmingly whiter and older than the communities or region they serve, according to new research released by MAPC today.   Clerks, police officers, librarians, firefighters, teachers, municipal maintenance workers: residents interact with […]

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July Data Viz: The Pollution Proximity Index

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. July’s visualization explores the levels of air pollution from vehicle emissions across the region. Most people in the region live near a major roadway, but exposure […]

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COVID-19 Layoff Housing Assistance – NOW by Municipality

Date: June 15, 2020 Unemployment is at a historic high in Massachusetts. For the moment, a $600 supplement added to unemployment payments is softening some of the financial blow for those receiving benefits. But the supplement – and the relief it provided – is due to expire, with the relevant portions of the federal CARES Act that funded […]

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