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"The Commonwealth Housing Task Force has proposed the most innovative plan to increase the housing stock in Greater Boston since the run-up in prices began two decades ago. The plan is sure to encounter roadblocks, but the broad coalition assembled by the task force ... suggests that its supporters have the staying power to change public policy."

Boston Globe editorial


The Commonwealth Housing Task Force

Mission

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.

Background

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

Convener

Paul S. Grogan, President  & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Co- Chairs

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

John Anderson
Larry Curtis
Gail Latimore
Mike Ross
Ted Tye
   Nancy Bailey
Pam Goodman
Juan Leyton
Tamara Roy
Greg Vasil 
   Greg Bialecki
Duane Jackson
Timothy Murray
Amy Schectman
Eleanor White
                          

Academic Advisors

Barry Bluestone
Chris Herbert

Directors

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
lucy.ellis@tbf.org

 

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. 

 HRC Cardinals report 01 cover  Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2002  Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2003  Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2004
A New Paradigm for Housing in Greater Boston: The Cardinal's Report
(released February 2001)
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2002
(released October 2002)
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2003: An Assessment of  Progress on Housing in  the Greater Boston Area 
(released April 2004)
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2004: An Assessment of Progress on Housing in the Greater Boston Area 
(released September 2005)
       
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2005-2006  The Greater Boston Housing Report Card, 2006 - 2007  Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2008   Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2009
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2005-2006
An Assessment of
 Progress on Housing in
 the Greater Boston Area
(released September 2006) 
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2006-2007
An Assessment of
 Progress on Housing in
 the Greater Boston Area (released October 2007) 
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2008
From Paradigm to Paradox: Understanding Greater
 Boston's New Housing Market
(released October 2008) 
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2009
Positioning Boston in a
 Post-Crisis World
(released October 2009) 
       
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2010   The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2011 HRC 12 cover  2013 Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover 
 The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2010
 Taking Stock in an
 Uncertain Time
(released October 2010)
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2011
Housing's Role in the Uncertain Economic Climate
(released October 2011) 
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2012
A New New Paradigm for Housing in Greater Boston
(released November 2012) 
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2013
What Follows the Housing Recovery?
(released October 2013)
       
2015 Housing Report Card cover Greater Boston Housing Report Card 11.13.15 cover  2016 Housing Report Card cover  
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2014-2015
Fixing an Out-of-Sync Housing Market
 
(released March 2015)
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2015
The Housing Cost Conundrum
(released November 2015)
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2016
The Trouble with Growth
(released November 2016)
 

 

 


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Administrative support for the
Commonwealth Housing Task Force
is provided by the 
Boston Foundation.

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Please direct inquiries to:
Lucy Ellis
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-1608 or 
lucy.ellis@tbf.org