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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.

HUD Income and Rent Limits

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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