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: Alicia Sasser Modestino, Clark Ziegler, Tom Hopper, Calandra Clark, Lucas Munson, Mark Melnik, Carrie Bernstein, Abby Raisz | Year: 2019
    Description:

    The Greater Boston Housing Report Card serves as an annual assessment of housing conditions in Greater Boston and what needs to be done to meet the region’s goals for current and future housing production. 

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    Author: National Low Income Housing Coalition | Year: 2019
    Description:

    Out of Reach documents the significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing across the United States. The report’s central statistic, the Housing Wage, is an estimate of the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home at HUD’s fair market rent (FMR) without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs, the accepted standard for affordability. Over the past 30 years, the report has demonstrated that the cost of a modest rental home is out of reach for low-wage workers and other extremely low-income renters.

  • Author: Amy Dain; Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance | Year: 2019
    Description:

    This report commissioned by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance provides a systematic assessment of the state of zoning for multi-family housing in 100 cities and towns of Greater Boston, outside of Boston itself – to inform efforts at reforming the regulatory system. 

  • Author: Urban Institute: Alanna McCargo, Jung Hyun Choi, and Edward Golding | Year: 2019
    Description:

    The persistent racial homeownership gap and related wealth gap, have been in focus for some time. The declining black homeownership rate has reached an alarming level. The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center has been conducting in-depth research pieces on these persistent issues, and convened a planning roundtable in 2018 to collect stakeholder feedback and experiences from a national and local perspective. From that work, five themes emerged around how to begin to reduce the gap and begin to build bridges toward change. Read about the framework in this report.