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: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Year: 2020
    Description:

    Historical and Archived Reports

    The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has sponsored groundbreaking research since the 1970s. Research priorities have differed over the years, with varying mixes of housing studies, housing technology research, demonstrations, HUD program evaluations, and policy reports that remain relevant today. These historical documents are now available to the public; providing access to original research that continues to help inform modern-day policy decisions. The reports displayed on this page are from our collection of scanned historical reports and archived publications. Use the drop down menu below to browse reports by publication year.

  • Author: CHAPA, DHCD, MHP | Year: 2020
    Description:

    In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, local governments across Massachusetts are seeking ways to help residents who have lost their jobs or have had experienced significant reductions in their income. Housing organizations worked together to provide information and technical assistance to municipalities through webinars and their web sites. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), and Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) created a survey instrument to get information from local governments about an emerging trend – locally funded Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs. Included as an appendix is a table of contact information from over 60 respondents so that program operators and municipalities can share information about their programs and lessons they are learning. During the survey response time, many communities were considering programs and others had just established the programs. This report includes data collected between May 8, 2020 and May 26, 2020. 

  • Author: The Boston Foundation, Suffolk University, Analysis Group | Year: 2020
    Description:

    This study measures the levels of discrimination in the Greater Boston rental housing market based on race and income level. Data from this study show that high levels of discrimination exist throughout the pre-rental application process against both Black people and individuals using housing vouchers,21 beginning with the very first interaction between a prospective tenant and the person advertising housing (referred to throughout as “housing provider”22). In the vast majority of cases, real estate professionals perpetuated the discrimination. Policy makers should heed the findings from this study and work to enact measures that can curb housing discrimination.

  • 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.