A photograph of the Greater Boston skyline.

Increasing Multifamily Housing Near Transit in Massachusetts

Despite economic growth from 2009 to 2020, housing supply in Greater Boston fell short of demand, and at the same time, housing prices increased 53 percent. In a recent report, “Zoned Out: Why Massachusetts Needs to Legalize Apartments Near Transit,” researchers from Boston Indicators and the Brookings Institution identified the problems that result from overly restrictive zoning in Boston’s suburbs and proposed the adoption of a statewide policy to allow the production of moderate-density housing such as townhomes and small multifamily buildings located within a half mile of all transit stations in Massachusetts.



COVID-19 Risk Factors Among HUD-Assisted Renters

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching effects on societal health and well-being.


Matthew Desmond’s 2016 book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City tells the story of two neighborhoods, one a predominantly white trailer park community and the other a predominantly African-American community in Milwaukee.

The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2020

For more than 30 years, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) has compiled an annual State of the Nation’s Housing report that reviews present housing conditions in the United States and analyzes long-term trends.

Rent-to-Own Program Rehabilitates Abandoned and Foreclosed Properties

A partnership between a community development financial institution and a community development corporation is meeting two needs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



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