Housing & Community Development

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The livability and affordability of Boston’s neighborhoods is crucial for families to create strong foundations needed to achieve economic success and thrive in our competitive innovation economy. Affordable housing is a building block of vibrant communities and the Boston Foundation focuses on increasing neighborhood stability through its production and preservation.

In addition to affordable housing, safe, vibrant communities are top priorities for the Boston Foundation. Every year, the Foundation, in partnership with the The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, publishes the Greater Boston Housing Report Card, which focuses on the link between housing and the economy. The Foundation also convenes the Commonwealth Housing Task Force, a group of housing experts that monitors in Massachusetts the growth of Smart Growth Housing districts--which are supported by state funding that the Task Force helped secure.

The Boston Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of the built and natural environment through public policy research and advocacy and the informed participation of Boston’s residents. The Foundation has made a major investment in the Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative, a group of neighborhood-based organizations that are creating dynamic, diverse centers in Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park near train stations on the Fairmount/Indigo Line. One urban village that has been completed is Dudley Village, which offers affordable rental housing and commercial space in the Dudley Street neighborhood. The Foundation also partnered with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to develop comprehensive community plans for three neighborhoods under the Resilient Communities/Resilient Families initiative, to which the Foundation has also contributed. Support has also been provided to organizations including the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants.