Policy Development and Research
Policy Development and Research oversees the citizen participation process for the City of Boston’s annual grant allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Our division supports the work of the Mayor's Office of Housing through preparing HUD-required plans and reports, developing programs and policy, assisting with grant-writing, analyzing research and policy, and mapping and data services.
Fair Housing and racial equity
In 2015, HUD, under President Obama, released new regulations, requiring an Affirmatively Further Fair Housing plan. The Trump administration eliminated these regulations in mid-2020. Despite this change in HUD policy the City remains committed to completing a locally tailored fair housing plan. We are in the process of completing that work. Those involved include the:
- Department of Neighborhood Development
- Boston Housing Authority, and
- Office of Fair Housing and Equity.
The plan will reflect the information and feedback received through a multi-year process. Updates on this process will be posted here, when available.
Historically, HUD has required that the City of Boston complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The most recent version was published in 2010.