Tools

Tools

The Mel King Institute tool library houses online resources that could be useful for the work of community development practitioners.

  • Poverty & Race research Action Council (PRRAC)
    HUD has benefited enormously from strong civil rights advocacy, and many of HUD’s most important regulatory guidelines have emerged from this advocacy. We offer this selected timeline as a tribute to this ongoing history and, we hope, an inspiration to a new generation of civil rights and tenant activists.
  • Boston Indicators
    We’re scanning the best available data sources to analyze how our communities have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in early March. (Since public health experts are covering the dynamics of the virus spread, we focus here mostly on non-virus-related areas.) We’re looking at non-traditional sources like call volumes to the state’s 211 social service call center and road traffic through Mass Pike toll gantries. None of them are perfect, and there’s a lot of other data we wish we had. But taken together these sources paint a picture of how much our day-to-day lives have been altered across a few key domains.
  • Eviction Lab
    Safe, stable, and decent housing has always been central to ensuring health and stability. Today, with the United States focused on containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the broader and longstanding issue of income and housing insecurity has quickly become paramount to the health of an entire nation.To better understand the steps states have taken to prevent homelessness during and after the pandemic, the Eviction Lab and Columbia Law School’s Professor Emily Benfer have developed a policy scorecard for each state, distilling the contents of thousands of newly-released emergency orders, declarations, and legislation into a clear set of critical measures included in, and left out of, state-level pandemic responses related to eviction and housing.
  • Urban Institute
    Housing Matters is an online resource for the most rigorous research and practical information on how a quality, stable, affordable home in a vibrant community contributes to individual and community success.
  • MassHousing
    Thinking about buying a home? MassHousing can guide you through the process.
  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership's Center for Housing Data
    The site compiles community-level information from various data sources for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, and visualizes that data in graphics and charts so it's easy to understand, print out and bring to a community discussion.
  • Brooke Murphy, UMass Boston Master of Public Administration Graduate Student
    All of the resources, terms, definitions, subsidies and programs one should know to create affordable family housing in Massachusetts.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
    LISC created this Guide to help affordable housing owners define and pursue measures to reduce the use of energy, water, and harmful chemicals in their properties, reduce waste generated on site, create healthier living environments for residents, and reduce the carbon and environmental footprint associated with residential properties.
  • Groundwork USA
    Groundworks USA's technical assistance team offers customized strategy, tools, and peer support for those in brownfield-affected communities seeking a more inclusive planning and redevelopment agenda in which everyone can prosper.
  • Enterprise Community Partners
    A podcast for thought-provoking conversations about the current issues, trends, ideas and big questions facing the affordable housing and community development field in the United States.
  • MHP
    Strategies and best practices for the creation and preservation of affordable housing, with guides, tools and resources for local boards & committees, planners, municipal staff, developers, and volunteers.
  • Urban Institute and the National Housing Conference
    This interactive online tool illustrates how charging rents affordable to low-income families makes it difficult to finance affordable housing without subsidy.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Mapping tool from HUD allows communities to explore race disparities and fair housing considerations in their area
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Local governments can use this tool to assess their communities' compliance with the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule
  • Enterprise Community Partners
    Guidebooks includes strategies for protecting buildings and residents during natural disasters
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Guidebook explains the new AFFH rule and how to plan communities in compliance with fair housing guidelines
  • MassHousing
    Video series is designed to help would-be home buyers and organizations who assist homebuyers
  • Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
    Learn about how to effectively address the concerns of those opposed to affordable housing development in their communities
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy data can be used to explore the extent of housing problems and housing needs, particularly for low income households.
  • Affordable Housing Rental A.C.T.I.O.N.
    Factsheet covers the positive impact of LIHTC in Massachusetts from 1986-2013
  • Enterprise
    Criteria required to become a certified green community from Enterprise
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Survey data collected by the U.S. government on housing
  • Change Lab Solutions
    The toolkit provides information on housing market trends and research on the links between rising housing costs and poor health outcomes.
  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership and CHAPA
    This website explains strategies that local officials and volunteers can use to garner support for affordable housing
  • Urban Land Institute, MacArthur Foundation
    Website showcases research demonstrating the importance of affordable housing
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    The Fair Housing Toolkit brings together available resources to help appointed and elected leaders, municipal planning, housing and development officials, developers, citizen board members, and other volunteers understand how to affirmatively further fair housing.
  • Enterprise
    In addition to affordability, other factors such as green and sustainable design, development connected to transit, and disaster resiliency are essential in the development of quality homes.
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    Development methods including rain gardens, bioretention, pervious pavement, and green roofs. The toolkit also includes model bylaw language and an LID codes checklist.
  • Enterprise Design
    We can’t do it alone. In this section are examples and best practices for creating lasting policy and regulatory change, and for strengthening the affordable housing and community development fields.
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    This basic guide to mixed use zoning presents the fundamentals you need to plan a mixed use bylaw.
  • Enterprise Design
    Discover some of the affordable housing industry's best financial practices. This section includes capital markets, development financing, project management and asset management.
  • Enterprise
    This toolkit will guide you through seven steps to take during the pre-development phase, each of which will help you better design your affordable housing development.