Promoting housing & growth policies through analysis, discussion, blogging, debate
Posted on February 22, 2016
"Unlock the Commonwealth" is an ongoing initiative by MHP that provides continuing analysis of how our chronic housing shortage hinders our economy and what polices are needed to achieve housing and economic growth.
MHP's most significant report, "Unlocking the Commonwealth," recommends eight policies that would allow Massachusetts to build the housing it needs to sustain its economy. Many of these recommendations have been included in House 1111, An Act Relative to Housing Production, co-sponsored by state Rep. Kevin G. Honan and state Sen. Jamie Eldridge.
MHP has set up a dedicated Unlock the Commonwealth web site. The web site features reports on the issue and a blog. For more information, contact MHP's Calandra Clark at 617-330-9944 x336 or go to the Unlock the Commonwealth web site at www.massgrowth.net.
Most recent Unlock the Commonwealth blog entries
New UMass Dartmouth study on cost benefits of new housing is timely (March 15, 2016) NEW
Impact of boomer retirements on state's economy (Feb. 17, 2016)
Townhouses could ease rents, help Americans build wealth (Feb. 11, 2016)
State planning in Massachusetts? Back to the future (Jan. 5, 2016)
Other states permitting more multifamily housing (Dec. 21, 2015)
MHP's presentation at public hearing on housing production bill(Sept. 29, 2015)
How state sewer rules hamstring multifamily development (July 10, 2015)
Housing leader Gittelman sees hope in 2 housing bills (June 17, 2015)
Report refutes brain drain but gives housing short shrift (Jan. 14, 2015)
Recent analysis & study
Unlock the Commonwealth (Nov. 5, 2014)
This report documents how low housing production since the 1980s has caused the state's housing costs to rise faster than the rest of the nation and how this trend threatens to jeopardize the state's economy. It also urges the state legislature to consider eight recommendations that would help the Commonwealth build the housing it needs to realize its full economic potential.
Housing supply & economic prosperity (June 12, 2014)
A presentation by MHP Executive Director Clark Ziegler on the economic impacts of our declining housing production.
A white paper by MHP Executive Director Clark Ziegler analyzes why Massachusetts has struggled to compete with the rest of the U.S. and what reforms we can make in our housing, zoning and funding polices to build more housing and ensure our economic prosperity.
Visit our library for more studies by MHP, and other state and national organizations on the relationship between housing and economic growth.