Neighborhoods + Housing

Working to make Boston and its surrounding communities affordable, accessible and responsive to community vision and needs



The Neighborhoods strategy supports communities adjacent to Boston’s Fairmount Indigo Commuter Rail Line to build their collective capacity to advocate for equitable development policies and become a political force recognized by state and local policymakers. We achieve this primarily through advancing the development of the Fairmount Indigo Network.

commuter rail car stopped at Talbot Station

The Fairmount Indigo Network, or FIN, is a collective of 35 nonprofit organizations working together to ensure that neighborhoods along the Fairmount line have access to all of the resources their communities need. By engaging member organizations representing a wide variety of community interests such as transit advocacy, education, economic development and environmental issues, the Fairmount Indigo Network is consistently and effectively positioning the Fairmount neighborhoods to ensure equity and quality of life for their residents.

Soni Gupta

Contact Director of Neighborhoods & Housing Soni Gupta to learn more about this work.


The Housing strategy works to fundamentally reform the systems that impede housing production and destabilize low-income families by:

  • Supporting the reform of state and city policies so that the private market can meet demand for more affordable and market-rate housing
  • Demonstrating how stable housing can be a platform to improve quality of life for low-income families and save taxpayer dollars – and promoting these models to policymakers and advocating for policy change


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crowd of people with signs saying protect and expand affordable housing
CHAPA housing rally at Faneuil Hall. Photo courtesy CHAPA.

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is a nonprofit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities in Massachusetts. CHAPA encourages the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to people with low to moderate incomes and fosters diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development. CHAPA’s core activities span four main areas: housing advocacy, research, community education and training, and coalition building. CHAPA has been a key advocacy partner of the housing strategy, supporting the reform of state and city policies that prevent housing creation so that the private market can meet demand for more affordable and market-rate housing.

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Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA) promotes healthy and diverse communities, protects critical environmental resources and working landscapes, advocates for housing and transportation choices, and supports equitable community development and reinvestment. MSGA and its partner organizations have also been key voices in the growing pro-development YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard Movement) movement.