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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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MAPC releases town-by-town data on housing assistance needed due to COVID-19 financial crisis

With unemployment at an all-time high, nearly every city and town will see a significant need for housing aid once CARES Act, eviction moratorium expire For immediate release: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 BOSTON – A regional planning agency in Boston has released municipal-level estimates of the housing assistance that may be needed in Massachusetts due […]

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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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Greater Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live Near High-Polluting Roadways

Greater Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live Near High-Polluting Roads Linked to increased COVID-19 risk Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live close to high-polluting roadways, demonstrates a new study released by MAPC today.  Forty-five percent of the region’s Black residents, 47 percent of the region’s Asian residents, and 54 […]

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June Data Viz: Unemployment Under the Federal CARES Act

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. June’s visualization examines how the Federal CARES Act’s $600-per-week increase in unemployment benefits impacts unemployed Massachusetts workers. While it temporarily raises the potential benefits for all, […]

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Reflection: Art in the Time of COVID-19

REFLECTION FROM MAPC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE HORTENSE GERARDO Art in the Time of COVID-19 The COVID-19 quarantine has transformed my remaining time as MAPC’s Artist in Residence (AiR) and my work as a professional playwright and professor: social distancing measures meant my spring and summer performances couldn’t go on as scheduled. My initial response was […]

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Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19

Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19 By any measure, the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout has had a devastating impact on the arts and cultural community. Museums, galleries, and concert halls are shuttered. Dance and pottery studios alike are closed. Public art and creative placemaking projects are on pause. Even arts education […]

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MAPC Presents to the Governor’s Reopening Task Force

The Road to Reopening & Recovery For the past two months, MAPC has been actively engaged with state and local leaders to curb the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19. With our colleagues at the Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC), we repurposed Homeland Security funds to buy ventilators for some of our smaller hospitals. […]

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Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap Date: May 13, 2020 Each week brings troubling news about the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and MAPC has been working to stay on top of new information as it emerges. We published our first research brief about the housing security implications of widespread layoffs on April 2 […]

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