Massachusetts Toolbox

Massachusetts Toolbox

Policies in the Massachusetts Toolbox are grouped into six categories, each of which reflects a role that the state and local governments can play to ensure the availability of a full range of housing choices for Massachusetts families. Select a category to view the policies and learn more.

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The Development Process In Your Community



Creating A Housing Needs Assessment

Building Local Support for Affordable Housing

Effective Zoning and Land Use Strategies

Preserving or Creating Affordability in Existing Properties

Finance Basics and Funding Strategies

Basics of Homeownership

Photo credits (L to R): Baker Street, Foxboro MA, Courtesy of MHP

Cady Brook — Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)

Atlas Lofts in Chelsea, developed by Mitchell Properties is a mixed income adaptive reuse of an historic box factory – now 53 apartments. Photo courtesy of MHIC.

Temple Landing (fka United Front Homes), a neighborhood redevelopment by POAH in New Bedford. Photo courtesy of MassHousing

Acre High in Lowell developed by Coalition for a Better Acre, photo courtesy of MHIC. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Lowell Mayor James Milinazzo called the project a “jewel in the Acre.”

Charlestown Navy Yard Rowhouses houses 50 units of affordable residences built on the edge of Boston Harbor. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, (c) 2001.

Orchard at Cold Spring Commons, located in Belchertown, provides deed-restricted homeowner housing for low- and moderate-income households in an area with limited affordable housing options. Photo Credit Greig Cranna, Courtesy of MassHousing


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