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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). We also prepare HUD-required plans and reports. 

Our division supports the work of Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) through:

  • program and policy development
  • grant-writing assistance
  • research and policy analysis, and
  • mapping and data services.
Still have questions? Contact:
Neighborhood Development
26 Court Street
8th, 9th, and 11th Floors
Boston, MA 02108-2501

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. 

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing