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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.
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.
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.
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.