Jobs and Housing

Increase the livability, affordability and safety of Greater Boston neighborhoods

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Jobs and housing are at the center of our efforts to create thriving neighborhoods. We firmly believe that strong neighborhoods make a strong region.  We work with our public, philanthropic and community partners to ensure that residents have access to jobs and stable housing in transit-rich, safe and walkable communities.  Our efforts are aimed at empowering residents of low-income Boston neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency.  To accomplish this, we invest in strategies that foster business and job growth, promote community economic development and increase access to jobs.  We see housing as a key stabilizing force for families and communities, and a core component of our region’s competitiveness. Our housing efforts focus on affordable housing for vulnerable populations and complement our jobs strategy by promoting housing near transit to enhance access to jobs and services. 


The Foundation makes targeted investments to strengthen urban and low-income commercial districts, and advance small business and entrepreneurial innovation and growth. These efforts, supplemented by investments in workforce partnerships with deep employer engagement, aim to increase job opportunities for residents in low-income Boston neighborhoods.

We take a multi-tiered approach to promote housing solutions.  At the state level, we advocate for policy change and support the capacity of the affordable housing sector to provide housing solutions for vulnerable populations. At the community level, we focus on housing that is closely connected to other areas of families’ lives and invest in transit-oriented development opportunities such as the Fairmount/Indigo Corridor.  At the household level, we invest in affordable housing for low-income families, the elderly and the disabled.

View the Prezi presentation to learn more about our approach.

Desired Outcomes

The Foundation seeks to support the retention, creation and growth of 50 small businesses along the Fairmount Corridor with corresponding increases in revenues and employment by 20% by 2015, and to gain employment for 500 low-income residents in key and expanding regional clusters. 

We also seek to contribute toward the production of 7,500 housing units, which represents over 15% of the 46,124 unit projected housing shortage in Greater Boston. Our particular emphasis is on affordable and transit oriented development units with additional work promoting the turn-around of foreclosed properties.  

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Latest News

Affordable housing supply not keeping up with population growth and demand
Date: November 13, 2015
The cost of new construction in Greater Boston has gotten so high and is growing so rapidly that the region is at risk of spiraling in a permanent housing deficit, according to The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2014-2015: The Housing Cost Conundrum.
Boston Foundation announces $160,000 in planning grants for Health Starts at Home initiative
Date: June 08, 2015
The Boston Foundation has announced planning grants of $40,000 each to four health and housing coalitions that seek to improve children’s health and housing stability, while decreasing costs associated with homelessness, rehousing, and healthcare.


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