r-Polito Administration has identified inadequate housing production as one of the core challenges facing the Commonwealth’s families and economy. Massachusetts home prices have increased at the fastest rate in the nation, and metropolitan Boston rent prices rank among the highest in the country.
The Commonwealth must build more diverse housing stock to support our growing economy and to provide our changing population with housing choices. Municipalities are drivers for whether or not housing is built because of their role in zoning and permitting, and cities and towns must be partners if the Commonwealth is to successfully overcome these housing challenges. Municipalities are encouraged to adopt best practices and zoning that supports sustainable housing production that will reinforce our environmental agenda.
The Middlesex 3 Coalition recognizes that we must take action to diversify our housing stock in our region to meet the needs of now and the future. The Baker-Politio Administration has created the Housing Choice Initiative, a multi-pronged effort to align resources and data to create a single point of entry for communities seeking to increase their housing supply.
Source: Mass.gov Housing Choice Initiative
On November 15, 2019 the Middlesex 3 Coalition was joined by Chris Kluchman, Housing Choice Program Director at Massachusetts Housing Partnership/Department of Housing and Community Development where she explained the Housing Choice Initiative and the legislative reform that is being proposed to plan and build a diverse housing stock in the Commonwealth.
On November 14, 2019 the Middlesex 3 Coalition was the first economic development organization in Massachusetts to support the Housing Choice Initiative.
Please find supporting documents on the Housing Choice Initiative below.
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