Event Summary: How Housing Works

Sharon Bort • December 26, 2017 • Boston, Event Summary, News

Resources: How Housing Works

Thanks to everyone who attended our last event!  Here are the slides from the event.As a topic that always seems to be relevant, we wanted to make sure you had all the resources you needed to keep learning, keep teaching, and keep growing.

These resources are brought to you by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership:

Presentations:
MHP Center for Housing Data presentation (Callie Clark and Tom Hopper)
Zoning Explainer presentation (Judi Barrett)
State Perspective and Legislative Action (Eric Shupin, CHAPA)
Get Involved Locally on Housing (Jesse Kanson-Benanav, A Better Cambridge)

Resources and Further Learning
“The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out?”
An interactive calculator from the National Housing Conference showing the true cost complexity of building affordable housing.

Watch:
Cruel Musical Chairs (or Why is the Rent so High?)
Short animation from the Sightline Institute describing why increasing the housing supply overall will work to solve the housing crisis—referenced in the MHP Data presentation.

Race: The Power of an Illusion
3-part series presented by PBS—the 3rd chapter in particular deals with how race has been treated in the US housing market.

Show Me a Hero
A nonfiction book turned HBO series detailing the decades-long fight over public housing in Yonkers, NY.

Read:
City of Millennials: Improving the Future Prospects of Our Region and Its Young Adults
A 2017 report by the Boston Indicators Project, City Awake, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce reporting on the results of a survey of young people in the region.

Building for the Middle
A research report on the housing cost pressure facing middle income households in Greater Boston, from the Urban Land Institute and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Population and Housing Projections from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Data used in MHP’s presentation to show how much more housing we need to build.

The Color of Law
For when you really want to get into the weeds on the history of fair housing in the US—a book showing how federal, local and, state policies directly created segregation in our neighborhoods and communities.

Contribute:
Note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the opportunities for local advocacy. And of course, you can always start the conversation in your own community if no one else has!

Boston
Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (Dorchester)
Jewish Alliance for Law and Action
Fenway Community Development Corporation
City Life/Vida Urbana
Cambridge
A Better Cambridge
Chelsea
Chelsea Collaborative
Newton
Livable Newton/Engine 6
Somerville
Somerville Community Corporation
Union United

Partner Organizations:
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
City Awake (Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce)
Alliance for Business Leadership
Urban Land Institute

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