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2016 Greater Boston Housing Report Card - Further Reflection

So we shared with you a few days ago the release of The Boston Foundation’s 2016 Greater Boston Housing Report Card: The Trouble with Growth – How Unbalanced Economic Expansion Affects Housing, along with some highlights of the report card. Now that we’ve all had a few days to digest the report, we have a few more thoughts on the impact a lack of affordable housing has on our region’s poverty rate. Please take this to heart.
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2016 Greater Boston Housing Report Card - Good News and Bad

Today the Boston Foundation released the 14th annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card. The theme of this year’s report is “The trouble with growth.” And indeed the challenge of creating enough housing to accommodate all the individuals and families who live in the area and who are drawn here by the strong economy, has never been greater. 

As has been chronicled in previous Report Cards and by other organizations like MAPC and MHP, we simply do not have enough housing to house all the workers in Eastern Massachusetts, which pushes purchase prices and rents higher and higher.
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A great Annual Meeting but Collaborate Boston wins the night

Another Annual Meeting at the Boston Foundation has come and gone, and the celebration was a blast. But good food and drink were most certainly not the highlights of the night.

"I thought last night’s annual meeting was a truly inspiring night," said Sandra M. Edgerley, Foundation Board Chair. "It was pretty incredible to have 500 people gathered together - a mix of grant recipients, special honorees, staff, donors, public officials, just a real gathering of the entire community to celebrate the impact that The Boston Foundation has had over the past year, and to think about our path ahead, our path going forward."

Foundation President & CEO Paul Grogan got the crowd going with an update of the work we've accomplished in 2016 - our 101st year, as of this fall! - and gave an overview of what we're looking forward to, from great research on rates and reasons for incarceration in Boston, homelessness, and Greater Boston's ongoing issues around a lack of affordable housing, to our newest grant program, Open Door Grants, in which you really just need a great idea.

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Five schools invited to apply for the 2017 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools

Next spring marks the fourth annual awarding of the Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools. Established in the fall of 2013 by Boston Foundation donors Robert and Elizabeth Pozen, the Prize recognizes and awards schools with innovative models, programs, and practices that consistently boost students’ achievement. Last month, five schools in Greater Boston were invited to apply for the 2017 Prize: the Paul Revere Innovation School in Revere, the Carlton Elementary School in Salem, the Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville, and the Eliot K-8 Innovation School and  Gardner Pilot Academy in Boston.

Awarded annually, the Pozen Prize recognizes a Greater Boston school that has demonstrated sustained academic excellence and includes an $80,000 award to the chosen school. In previous years, the Prize focused on Commonwealth charter schools in Greater Boston; it was meant to complement the EdVestors “School on the Move” award, given each year to a Boston district school that has demonstrated exemplary improvement in educating students. Previous winners of the Pozen Prize include the Match High School (2016), Brooke Charter School Roslindale (2015), and Boston Preparatory Public Charter School, which won the inaugural Pozen Prize in 2014.

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Geography of Incarceration Part II

If you weren't at the Boston Foundation Thursday morning, you were in the wrong place. We hosted a fantastic forum, titled The Geography of Incarceration: The Cost and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates in Vulnerable Neighborhoods.

We also formally released a report by the same title that digs deep into the issue. You can read the entire report here, and watch the entire video of the forum here. A great data presentation by Ben Forman, Research Director at MassINC and the report's principal author, runs from the 8:04 mark till the 23:04 mark. And a lively panel discussion runs from 23:06 till roughly 1:20:19.

Panelists included Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, State Representative and former prosecutor Evandro Carvalho, and John Larivee, President & CEO of Community Resources for Justice.
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