The Commonwealth Housing Task Force
The Commonwealth Housing Task Force is a diverse group of business, civic and community leaders dedicated to promoting a consensus housing agenda focused on solving Massachusetts pressing housing needs. CHTF utilizes data and research to advocate for local and state policies supporting density and affordable housing as a means to:
- increase Massachusetts economic competitiveness;
- manage the inflow of new residents; and
- retain residents currently being pushed out of the state due to rising housing costs.
Over the last 14 years, the Commonwealth Housing Task Force (CHTF) has played an important role in increasing opportunities for housing production across Massachusetts. CHTF was instrumental in passing the 40R Smart Growth legislation 10 years ago.
In recent years, the work of CHTF has been focused on supporting local communities interested in implementing 40R, public housing reform, and expanding opportunities.
The Boston Foundation believes that given the current economic climate and housing market CHTF has the opportunity to again play the kind of important role that it played 11 years ago with 40R to impact housing production in Massachusetts. Demand for housing is strong, the economy is recovering, and Boston in particular is seen as a desirable place to live and work. At the same time, the change in administrations in Boston and in the Commonwealth provides new opportunities as incoming leaders determine their priorities.
In 2015 the Boston Foundation announced the reboot of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force. Since that time, the Foundation has been working with the CHTF co-chairs and Executive Committee on the development of an updated policy agenda and task force structure for the CHTF.
Commonwealth Housing Task Force Leadership
Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation
Lawrence S. DiCara, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Rachel Heller, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Housing and Planning Association
Michael P. Hogan, President & CEO, A.D. Makepeace Company
Executive Committee Members
Rebecca Koepnick, Director, Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation
Keith Mahoney, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation
Please direct inquiries to:
Lucy Ellis, Program Associate
Neighborhoods and Housing
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-1608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Commonwealth Housing Task Force Forums
Greater Boston Housing Report Cards
Greater Boston's affordable housing crisis is nothing if not well-documented. Over the last twelve years, there has been significant research about the state of housing production in the Greater Boston Region.
In 2001, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, along with several other partners, provided a first-ever accounting of the housing stock in the region. This report identified a significant need for more affordable housing units.
In 2003, the Boston Foundation and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) commissioned a five-year assessment project called Greater Housing Report Cards to be done by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. They are designed to carefully measure the progress toward meeting the region's housing goals.
Click the covers below to download PDF copies of the reports.