Reports

Reports

The Mel King Institute report library houses research reports and policy briefs relevant to the community development sector from organizations all over the country.

  • Author: The Boston Foundation, Boston Indicators | Year: 2020
    Description:

    Boston’s got a lot going for it, but we’re gradually becoming a city of high-income, childless professionals. We’ve also seen growth in the number of lower-income families, in part driven by those who are fortunate enough to get off of waitlists and secure subsidized housing. But we’re losing other families who can’t afford the city’s rising housing costs, and our middle class is hollowing out. This report dives deep into these trends in three parts by analyzing:

    PART 1: BOSTON'S DECLINING SCHOOL-AGED POPULATION

    PART 2: THE GROWING MISMATCH BETWEEN CITY AND SCHOOL DEMOGRAPHICS

    PART 3: THE INCREASING ISOLATION OF STUDENTS OF COLOR AND LOW-INCOME STUDENTS IN BOSTON SCHOOLS

  • Author: MAPC Team: Tim Reardon, Director of Data Services Sarah Philbrick, Socioeconomic Analyst II Jessie Partridge Guerrero, Research Manager | Year: 2020
    Description:

    Finding a home to rent or buy in Greater Boston is stressful. Prices are high, available units are scarce, and competition is stiff. For families with children looking for units with three bedrooms or more, the process can be especially challenging. 

    These results shed light on a topic of great concern to many people around the region, and demonstrate there is no one cause, and no one solution, to the lack of family housing in Greater Boston. The challenges facing families are symptomatic of the region’s broader housing crisis resulting from the underproduction of housing of all types, at many price points, across all communities. The needs of families cannot be addressed in isolation, but require comprehensive action to produce more housing to meet the needs of all the region’s residents today, and tomorrow. 

  • Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University | Year: 2020
    Description:

    Despite slowing demand and the continued strength of new construction, rental markets remain extremely tight. Vacancy rates are at decades-long lows, pushing up rents far faster than incomes. Both the number and share of cost-burdened renters are again on the rise, especially among middleincome households. These conditions reflect fundamental market changes since the recession, including an influx of higherincome households, constraints on new supply, and substantial losses of low-cost rentals. With only limited federal support, state and local agencies are doing what they can to expand the affordable housing supply. What is needed, however, is a comprehensive response from all levels of government to address the scale of the nation’s rental affordability crisis.

  • Author: PolicyLink & FSG | Year: 2020
    Description:

    Advancing Frontline Employees of Color, identifies 23 evidence-based practices for advancing racial equity and fostering working environments where all people feel valued and can thrive.