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Local Public Health Officials, Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding

138 Local Public Health Officials & Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding for Local Health Departments Over 100 public health officials and municipal leaders from throughout Massachusetts are calling for a second $15 million package of emergency funding for local health departments before the end of 2020. On November 23, 138 officials from 87 communities […]

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37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year. “The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical […]

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MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable & safe

MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable and safe For immediate release: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the MBTA’s plan to address their FY22 operating budget deficit. “The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is deeply concerned about the prospect of reducing transit service in the […]

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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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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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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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Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call For Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture

Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call for Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture For immediate release: Wednesday, July 29 Three broad coalitions of municipal officials from throughout Greater Boston called on legislators to allow municipal revenue-raising tools that are heavily used in other states. The leaders of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, North Shore Coalition and Commuter Rail […]

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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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