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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 Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) 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

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Neighborhood Development
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Boston, MA 02108

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

Upcoming hearings

The City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development is holding a second public hearing seeking citizen input on the housing and community development priorities for the Program Year 2021 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) Action Plan. This is in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR 91.105(b).

The Action Plan is submitted annually to the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It serves as the City's application and plan for using $28 million in HUD resources from:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a virtual hearing held on April 27, 2021, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Interpretative services in Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin will be provided. To request another language, including American Sign Language, email at least seven days prior to the hearing date. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

To access the hearing link, visit our hearings and public comment page on April 27.