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MAPC Releases Original Short Film “At Home”

At Home, an original short film that reveals the human side of the region’s housing crisis, is now available for viewing and sharing. Clocking in at just over five minutes, At Home was created to help decision-makers and constituents feel some of the urgency of solving our housing problem, and to inform their decision-making. Mariona […]

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Getting to Yes: Zoning Under Housing Choice [Video]

Recently-passed Housing Choice legislation made it easier to pass multifamily zoning in Massachusetts–but how can municipalities build support for housing initiatives? The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Friday, June 4. Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community […]

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[Video] Webinar: Housing Choice

How will recently-passed Housing Choice legislation impact zoning in your city or town? In this webinar, we share what we know—and what we don’t. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Thursday, May 6 at 1 p.m. […]

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Announcing MetroCommon May

MetroCommon 2050 is the next land use and policy plan for the people who live and work in Greater Boston. At its core will be bold, actionable recommendations. These recommendations – especially for state and local government – will play a critical role in reaching our goals in the next 10, 20, and 30 years.   […]

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Explore Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets

New Data Tool: Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets From low-density suburbs to premium-priced urban districts to neighborhoods with a mix of small multifamily and single-family homes, neighborhoods in Greater Boston can look wildly different – even neighborhoods in the same city of town. What’s more, where you live can influence the opportunities available to you. […]

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Housing Choice at a Glance

Housing Choice at a Glance How will recently-passed Housing Choice legislation impact zoning in your city or town? We’ve compiled a summary of the changes: Housing Choice refers to a number of changes to the state’s zoning law, MGL Ch. 40A that were enacted at the end of the recent legislative session through the Economic […]

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February Data Viz: Exploring Housing Markets in Greater Boston

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. February’s visualization provides a sneak peek into MAPC’s upcoming research release on housing submarkets. Our region is not made of one housing market, but many, and […]

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Evictions and COVID-19: The Responsibility of the Large Landlord

The possibility of a pandemic-related “eviction tsunami” has been widely discussed of late, as is the role that federal and state policy must play stemming it. Less prominent has been the discussion of the role that must be played by landlords in general – and, as our recent research has found – large landlords in […]

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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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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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