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Housing Plan Profile: Boston, MA

Plan title: Leading the Way III, all reports and updates available on the Department of Neighborhood Development's website.

Issued: March 2009

Overview: This plan was written by a housing advisory panel convened by Mayor Menino in 2008. The plan is an extension of two previous comprehensive housing campaigns and addresse four key areas: Housing Boston's Workforce; Reversing the Rise in Homelessness; Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis; and Preserving & Stabilizing Boston's Rental Housing.  Building on previous plans, the emphasis is on increasing the overall supply of housing in this high-cost city, through the rapid turn-around of foreclosed and vacant properties, zoning strategies allowing greater residential development, and efforts to stabilize properties in poor condition or in danger of foreclosure.
Erie-Ellington Homes
Photo courtesy of ULI Development Case Studies

Selected Strategies:

Financing Sources Identified:

Written by the Leading the Way II Housing Advisory Panel, convened by the Mayor.

The lead agencies are the Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Housing Authority, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority; other partners identified include the Inspectional Services Department, MassHousing, Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.

The timeline identified spans three fiscal years, and production goals and preservation goals are specified throughout. The target population includes households earning up to 120 percent of the area median income (AMI), although 90 percent of resources benefit households earning less than 80 percent AMI, including people experiencing homelessness.