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Housing Policy Development and Research

The Policy Development and Research Division supports the work of the Mayor's Office of Housing through:

  • preparing plans and reports required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • developing programs and policy
  • assisting with grant-writing
  • analyzing research and policy, and
  • mapping and data services.

It also oversees the citizen participation process for the City of Boston’s annual grant allocations from HUD.

HUD Required Plans and Reports

Plans and Reports

Every year, we submit an Action Plan to HUD. The plan covers how we will use federal funds to fix the issues we discuss in our Consolidated plan.

Draft Action Plan PY2022 (7/1/22 to 6/30/23)

Action Plan PY2022

Action Plan PY2022 Appendix

Summary of the Action Plan

Action Plan PY2021 (7/1/21 to 6/30/22)

Action Plan PY2021

Action Plan PY2021 Appendix

Action Plan PY2020 (7/1/20 to 6/30/21)

Action Plan PY2020 

Action Plan PY2020 Appendix

Action Plan PY2019 

Action Plan PY2019

Action Plan PY2019 Appendix

Action Plan Archives

HUD requires the City of Boston to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. 

The Federal CARES Act provides substantial funding to the City of Boston for responding to, and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to spend the funds that HUD provides to the City from the CARES Act, we must complete a "Substantial Amendment" to our 2019 HUD Action Plan. We have completed such amendments for $20,039,341 in CDBG funds, $449,562 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds, and $28,543,879 in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds.

DOCUMENTS:

To apply for federal grants, we create a Plan for the City's development needs over five years. HUD reviewed and approved the plan in August of 2018.

Related documents
Consolidated Plan (July 2018 to June 2023)

We create a report at the end of each program year that describes what we've been able to accomplish with federal funding. We provide this report to the public, and to HUD.

PROGRAM YEAR 2020 (JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021)

Submit your comments online.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program, American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) Funding

The City of Boston was awarded $21.6 million in HOME Investment Partnership Program – American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funds meant to increase housing stability by assisting individuals, households, or other vulnerable populations who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Notice CPD-21-10  establishing a required planning, engagement, and analysis process that must be completed and approved before HOME-ARP funds are made available.  The City of Boston drafted a plan to meet those requirements and it is posted for public comment through 5:00 PM on August 18, 2022.  Comments are welcomed and encouraged.

Read the HOME-ARP Plan

Read the HOME-ARP Summary in: 

To receive updates about Boston’s HOME-ARP funds and other HUD related plans, sign up for our Policy Newsletter.

Hearings and Public Comments

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH) to provide an opportunity for public input on certain documents and plans. 

View upcoming hearings and documents in comment periods

Policies

Our policies page includes links to all policies that govern our development of housing.

Visit our policies page

Fair Housing and racial equity

In 2015, HUD, under President Obama, released new regulations, requiring an Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) plan. In 2017, the City of Boston began to create a plan, but the Trump administration eliminated these regulations in mid-2020.  Despite this change in HUD policy, the City moved forward with a plan. The Biden administration is now restoring regulations requiring an AFFH plan. In January 2022, after a multi-year process incorporating significant input from the community and fair housing advocates, Mayor Michelle Wu signed an Executive Order adopting the Assessment of Fair Housing for the City of Boston.

The plan also serves, for the purposes of meeting HUD Fair Housing requirements, as the City of Boston’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.

2022 Assessment of Fair Housing

2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

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