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, 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: Amanda Newman | Year: 2020
    Description:

    This brief highlights key ideas for how the workforce development system can promote workplace health and safety during the pandemic. It is important to note that workforce professionals are themselves navigating a crisis, responding to historic unemployment and serving the public as resources rapidly decline. This brief also includes ideas for public and philanthropic funders who seek to support the workforce development field to advance workplace health and safety.

  • Author: YW Boston & Boston Foundation | Year: 2020
    Description:

    Over the past two years, YW Boston has had the incredible opportunity to partner with the Boston Foundation and a number of their grantees. The Boston Foundation funded ten nonprofits’ participation in InclusionBoston. Through the generous support of the Boston Foundation and the participation of this nonprofit cohort, YW Boston was able to extrapolate learnings that can benefit nonprofit leaders, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioners, funders, and anyone wanting to continue to engage in DEI work. As a result of this partnership, YW Boston and the Boston Foundation published Facilitating Organizational Change: Lessons from Nonprofit Participation in InclusionBoston.

    The goal of our Facilitating Organizational Change report is to provide tools, learnings, and context through which individuals and organizations can begin or deepen their diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Specifically, this paper introduces the InclusionBoston model and explores the impact of this model on racial DEI within nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area. 

  • 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