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: Solidarity Economy Initiative | Year: 2017
    Description:

    A new report released by the Solidarity Economy Initiative examines eight cases across lower-income communities of color in Massachusetts. Authors Penn Loh and Sarah Jimenez find that aspirations for transformation are spreading from Springfield and Worcester to Lynn and Boston. Communities are organizing to resist and reform the current system, while building alternatives that go beyond capitalism. They are incubating worker-owned coops, community land trusts, and community-controlled capital. They are modeling an economy and democratic governance based on collective care and putting people and planet over profit. Communities are dreaming big, of building regional ecosystems that can scale up transformative impacts.

  • Author: National Low Income Housing Coalition | Year: 2017
    Description:

    Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) published a new report called “A Place to Call Home: The Case for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing.” The report provides a national overview of the need for and benefits of affordable housing and community development investments. The report is accompanied by a new toolkit to support advocacy efforts, including factsheets, sample op-eds and statewide data on the economic impact of investments by HUD and the USDA Rural Housing Program

  • Author: Thomas Byrne, PhD; George Smart, LICSW | Year: 2017
    Description:

    A new study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and Pine Street Inn “demonstrates the importance of housing stability and case management as key determinants of health.”  Estimating Cost Reductions Associated with the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness found that every dollar spent on flexible support services for chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing saved $1.61-$2.43 in health care costs.

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    Author: Metropolitan Area Planning Council | Year: 2017
    Description:

    A new report released on February 28 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) shows that Greater Boston continues to struggle with  significant disparities in access to housing, education, jobs, income, and health across the region.

    In 2011 MAPC released The State of Equity in Metro Boston, an inventory of cross-sectoral indicators that measured inequity in the region through the various stages of life, from birth to old age. That report sparked a robust public conversation about this critical topic and informed collaborative regional eorts to address the disparities that were documented. Now—in 2017—this report updates those measures, where possible, and provides new indicators to give a more current picture of disparities and opportunity.