The Greater Boston Housing Report Card serves as an annual assessment of housing conditions in Greater Boston and what needs to be done to meet the region’s goals for current and future housing production. For most of our analysis, we define Greater Boston as the communities that comprise the following five counties: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk—as shown in the map below. In doing so, we take stock of which communities within the Greater Boston region have taken actions to increase the supply of affordable housing—including actual production of units as well as adopting best practices that will lead to future production. We also explore the consequences of failing to meet the region’s housing demand in terms of increasing racial segregation and thereby limiting opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups. The goal is for this report card to serve as both a key resource of housing information within the region as well as an annual “call to action” among the housing and community development sectors that includes an appeal for more and better data on housing production and zoning regulations. In addition to updating stakeholders on recent trends, we hope to foster productive debates around the solutions identified in the report that can lead to the development of policies and practices across sectors to address the region’s housing challenges over the next decade.
The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019