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Our work at Neighborhood Development

We want to make Boston the most livable city in the nation. Find out how we plan to do it.

We work with communities to improve Boston’s neighborhoods through investing public resources. Our main jobs are to create housing options, support tenants, and manage the City’s real estate.

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Boston, MA 02108

Our Divisions

Our Divisions

The Office of Housing Stability (OHS) helps residents find and maintain stable, safe, and affordable housing.

HOUSING CRISIS SUPPORT

OHS helps tenants in housing crisis due to fire, natural disaster, eviction, or condemnation. They also have information on emergency resources for tenants. Their goal is to put residents on the path to housing stability.

TENANT AND LANDLORD INFORMATION

They provide information to tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities.

PROGRAM AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

They develop tenant and landlord resources and programs. They want to promote the creation and preservation of stable and affordable housing in Boston.

ADVOCACY AND POLICY

They research, draft, and put in place policies that aim to prevent displacement. Their goal is to keep our communities intact.

The Boston Home Center helps Boston residents buy, improve, and keep their homes. 

THE BOSTON HOME CENTER OFFERS:

They also market brand new houses developed for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers.

The Housing Innovation Lab is working to increase housing affordability. The lab tests innovative housing models and accelerates the pace of innovation in the housing sector.

The Housing Innovation Lab puts people at the center of their work. They engage both internal and external partners to move the work forward. The Lab also experiments early and often, taking a prototype-driven approach to policy making.

HOUSING INNOVATION LAB PROJECTS INCLUDE:

The Neighborhood Housing Development Division ensures that public funding is wisely invested in strong affordable housing developments. These developments serve both their local neighborhoods and the citizens of Boston.

Affordable Housing Preservation is part of Housing Development. They fund loans for developers who want to buy and fix up old housing. Developers can also buy land through a Request for Proposal process. Learn more about how we sell our land to developers.

THE DIVISION WORKS WITH PARTNER AGENCIES TO:
  • keep affordable housing options on the market
  • create open spaces in the City
  • fix up abandoned properties, and
  • offer housing services to low-income and homeless residents.

This office creates our annual budget, which is about $100 million. They also oversee more than 4,700 loan accounts totaling more than $300 million.

For more information, call 617-635-5626, or email Loans.DND@cityofboston.gov. Helpful documents are included below.

SUBORDINATION POLICIES

A detailed documents of our policies.

APPLICATION FOR SUBORDINATION

The application includes a checklist of policies and procedures.

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

You may need to get this signed by Inspectional Services if you want to subordinate a loan.

AFFIRMATION OF COMPLIANCE

Some of our loans are partially forgivable. To qualify for forgiveness, you'll need to sign and notarize this form.

CASH FLOW CALCULATION FORM

Some of our loans require annual cash flow payments. This form must be filled out and returned with the borrower's annual financials.

Policy Development and Research (PDR) 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), and prepares HUD required plans and reports. 

PDR also supports the word of DND through:

  • program and policy development
  • grant-writing assistance
  • research and policy analysis, and
  • mapping and data services.

Real Estate Management and Sales (REMS) is responsible for:

  • the maintenance
  • site assessment, and
  • disposition of the City’s tax foreclosed and surplus property.

These properties can include vacant parcels, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial properties. REMS manages the process through which land and buildings are disposed. That often involves:

  • community meetings
  • crafting and issuing Requests for Proposals, and
  • overseeing the review selection process of bidders.

In addition, REMS is responsible for the care and custody of the Strand Theatre.

The Supportive Housing Division provides funding for housing and supportive services for:

  • homeless populations
  • those at risk of homelessness, and
  • housing for people with HIV/AIDS.

The Supportive Housing Division manages over $30 million in federal grants. The division funds nonprofits to provide services for households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with HIV/AIDS.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES:

Expert sources

We work on issues across Boston’s many neighborhoods. Our staff are a great resource for journalists and researchers.

We can provide information on:

  • federal and state housing policies
  • real estate trends with City-owned property
  • foreclosure crisis
  • affordable housing
  • community gardens and other uses for City-owned land
  • housing the homeless, and
  • the causes of homelessness in Boston.

For more information, or to set up an interview, call Alexander Sturke at 617-635-4802, or email alexander.sturke@boston.gov.