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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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Artists Step Up: Crisis Management and the Creative Sensibility

Artists Step Up: Crisis Management and Creative Sensibility Header Photo Credit: Jason Cruz Where a Covid response is innovative and cohesive, you’ll likely find artists and cultural organizations in the mix – if not in the lead. How are Lynn, Salem, and Worcester’s creators inventing new ways to help their communities through the crisis? LYNN […]

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How to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat In the Time of COVID

How to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat In the Time of COVID Extreme heat is striking the MAPC region this summer and creating challenges as communities try to stay cool. Not only can the heat be deadly, but also it disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color burdened with many other inequities. This summer […]

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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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Report: How Can Downtowns Survive MA Reopening?

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 New Brief Outlines Steps Needed to Ensure Small Businesses Survive Re-opening and Thrive in Post-COVID Era Cities, towns, state must all work together to create a friendly regulatory framework and provide reopening assistance; Allowing curbside vending, mass-purchasing of PPE and testing supplies, and repurposing public spaces can help […]

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