Housing experts and advocates are frustrated because of the many barriers that exist to creating more multi-family housing. A new survey of 100 cities and towns in Greater Boston could guide us towards solutions. The report, titled “State of Multi-family Housing in Greater Boston,” focuses specifically on regulations that restrict or promote multi-family housing. In her latest op-ed, Susan asserts that by gathering current policy data and looking at which communities have grown their housing supplies and which have not, this new report will help us increase the efficacy of future policy creation.
Happening June 18: Transit and Housing: The Ties That Inextricably Bind Them. Join Gen2Gen Steering Committee Member, and CHAPA Senior Policy Analyst, Sean Tierney as he leads a discussion with Jarred Johnson, Director and COO of Transit Matters, a Boston-based nonprofit transit advocacy group, and Jennifer Raitt, Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Arlington and formerly of MAPC. Learn more about what you can do in your community to advocate for policies that will improve our city centers and the lives of our neighbors.
BBH has broken ground on the second phase of The Coolidge at Sudbury apartments, which will provide an additional 56 affordable units for seniors. On Friday, May 3, Susan Gittelman, Executive Director of B’nai B’rith Housing, state and town officials, and board members of B’nai B’rith Housing joined friends and supporters for a festive groundbreaking ceremony at The Coolidge at Sudbury’s fully occupied first phase building.
In an effort to produce more affordable housing, municipalities are exploring tools like inclusionary zoning and density bonus incentives. However, in the absence of significant data, density bonuses are not well-understood and can be difficult to deploy effectively. Susan stresses the importance of supporting communities in order to achieve the results that are so desperately needed.