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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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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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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 Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations

MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today released the the following statement: “President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by a racist tweet, represent a […]

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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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