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to improve state policy, foster effective community conversations and ensure that we meet our housing needs throughout Massachusetts.

The Data Feed

Our latest analyses of housing stats, migration trends, other related data and policy topics as well as anything we find interesting from our fellow data geeks.

DataTown

DataTown is the Center for Housing Data’s new interactive website. DataTown compiles community-level information for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, and visualizes that data in graphics and charts that are easy to understand, print out and bring to a community discussion. DataTown allows you to download the underlying data as well. And we've just added a new feature - the ability to create graphics that compare communities!

We built DataTown for you so check it out at mhp.net/datatown, and email lmunson@mhp.net with what you loved and how we can make it better.

Check out TODEX

It's short for Transit-Oriented Development Explorer and we've developed a user-friendly tool that allows you to review densities at all 261 Greater Boston transit stations and picture the great opportunity we have to build more housing and reduce traffic congestion.

Policy Archive

To foster a deeper understanding of housing and its relationship to economic growth, we maintain a library of resources which including our own reports, recent news releases and related studies and articles on housing and growth from around the U.S.

The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing In Greater Boston Executive Summary | June 2019

Researcher Amy Dain examined the regulations, plans and production in 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston. The study was funded by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA) and the following organizations: Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing, and Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Housing Choice Initiative Small Town Grants - FY2019

On Oct. 11, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $984,000 in funding to 12 communities under its Housing Choice Initiative (HCI) Small Town Grants Program. These grants were available to small towns with a 2016 population under 7,000. Here is a list of communities and the housing and infrastructure projects that will be supported. MHP is providing staff and financial support to HCI.

Housing Choice Initiative Community Grants - FY2019

On Oct. 11, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $4 million in grants to 19 communities. These grants were exclusively available to 69 communities that were designated by the state as eligible for the Housing Choice Initiative (HCI) due to their housing production and use of best practices. Here is a list of the communities and the housing and infrastructure projects that will be supported. MHP is providing staff and financial support to HCI.

Getting Your Facts Straight

Presentation by MHP Center for Housing Data co-directors Callie Clark and Tom Hopper on how to use data to tell your community's story. Presented on day one of the MHP Housing Institute, June 6, 2018.

Contact Us

Calandra Clark, Director of Policy

Calandra Clark

Director of Policy

Calandra (Callie) Clark joined MHP’s public affairs staff in 2008 and worked in policy analysis, research, messaging and communication strategy. In early 2017 she became Co-Director of MHP’s newly created Center for Housing Data and in 2019 became the Director of Policy.

Callie has extensive experience in policy analysis and web strategy and in crafting presentations for legislators, local public officials and other public audiences. She has a bachelor’s degree in international development from Clark University and a master’s degree in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.

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Tom Hopper, Director of Research & Analytics

Tom Hopper

Director of Research & Analytics

Tom Hopper joined MHP in 2006 and worked in risk management, operations and analytical development over the next decade. In early 2017 he became Co-Director of MHP’s newly created Center for Housing Data and in 2019 became Director of Research & Analytics.

Tom has developed database systems, designed metrics, and created data tools and analytical reports that provide insight into project financial performance, credit quality, and risk management. He has led public policy research efforts on topics such as transit-oriented development, housing production, land use, gentrification and housing costs. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in city planning from Boston University, and a master’s degree in urban informatics from Northeastern University.

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