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Next Level Housing Solutions:

A Call to Action

In May 2019, The Boston Foundation, Bank of America, CHAPA  and LISC joined forces to host a forum that served as a call to action for Massachusetts leaders to take our responses to the housing crisis to the next level.  We gathered housing leaders, advocates, advisors, funders, regulators and thought leaders on May 6 at Bank of America to discuss why we need to step up our responses and how to do so.

Forum Recap

Meeting notes including a summary of the presentation, main discussion points, and the call the action proposing Next Level Housing Solutions Discussion Sessions.


Clark Zeigler, Executive Director of Mass Housing Partnership (MHP) presented data on four key housing challenges to kick off our discussion.

Next Level Housing Solutions Discussion Series: July 2019 - February 2020
  • Tackling Income Inequality and Driving Racial Equity
  • Creative Policy Solutions
  • Creative Financing Solutions
  • Aligning Leaders and Solutions Across Sectors
  • Building Urgency and Political Will
  • Next Level Housing Symposium
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Why do we need Next Level Housing Solutions?

Massachusetts has a booming innovation economy that continues to grow.  But we are facing a multi-dimensional housing crisis that is eroding our middle class, deepening our income inequality and exacerbating existing racial inequity which threatens the sustainability of that growth.  Housing leaders know our current solutions are inadequate.  We must take our responses to the next level and unlock the potential our community has to meet this crisis head-on.

The number of Massachusetts households that pay more than half their income for housing is
That’s 1-in-5 households in Massachusetts.

Many of us are working on these issues in impactful ways, as partners. This conversation seeks to dovetail with and support all of these efforts, while calling upon us, together, to build the solutions and coalitions that are needed to meaningfully address the known crisis.

Through these discussions, we have proposed to continue the conversation in an effort to catalyze a broader, more robust response to our housing crisis.

How can I take my response to the Next Level?

  • Join the Conversation. Click here to join the Next Level Housing Solutions conversation.  This just means you will receive information and event updates. Learn more about the discussion series here.
  • Share your ideas.  Bring your ideas to the meetings described above or submit them anytime via  You can also volunteer to help plan and facilitate a particular discussion group.
  • Help us broaden the conversation.  Forward this notice to another community, business, thought or civic leader or influencer and ask them to join the Next Level Housing Solutions conversation.
  • Spread the Word.  Look for opportunities to share with your neighbors and your community about these challenges and work for solutions in your neighborhood, city, town or community.
What did we miss? Email your ideas – whether shared at the forum or not - to . We will aggregate and share them.


Karen Kelleher