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EPNet and the Housing Committee team up for reGen Boston: 


Committee Chairs
Jason Skidgell / jskidgell@faainc.com
Matt LaRue AIA / mlarue@hmfh.com
The Housing Committee is part of the Civic Engagement Commission.

Upcoming Events

June 25, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Accessory Dwelling Units (aka ADUs, Additional Dwelling Units, granny flats, in-law-apartments) are small units within, attached to, or on the same property as a regular home. This is an old concept that is gaining ground throughout the country as a new way to increase affordable housing and allow homeowners to age in place. How does it work, though? What local zoning regulations need to change? How many new units are we talking about? What does it cost to build or renovate for an ADU? Join a discussion on how the ADU movement is taking shape in Boston and surrounding communities while exploring innovative models for truly affordable construction.

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

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Updates

Join the Housing Committee for a discussion on Accessory Dwelling Units. It is part of the BSA’s Designing Boston...
On May 31, Governor Charlie Baker signed the largest housing bond bill in the state's history into law, authorizing $1.8...
A Better Cambridge is thrilled to host this Boston-metro community conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of the highly...
The 2018 Housing Awards, presented by the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community, emphasize the...
Join the Housing Committee and Emily Cadik, executive director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, to discuss...
The provision of affordable housing is a colossal challenge with an urgent and acute need for new solutions. In...
The Plugin House demonstrates the possibilities of backyard homes and smaller living to provide housing affordable to all....
Co-presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, The Loeb Fellowship, and the Office of...
Donald Taylor-Patterson, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Research Assistant and 2018 MUP Candidate, will present...
Each year the Boston Society of Architects/AIA sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts,...

Past Events

May 9, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tax Policy Join the Housing Committee and Emily Cadik, executive director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, to discuss the latest on...
April 17, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tax Policy on Tax Day Join the Housing Committee for a video conference with Emily Cadik, executive director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit...
February 27, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance on Great Neighborhoods Bill With momentum building for substantial housing production and zoning reform...
October 2, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Creativity, Architecture and Community Development with the Rose Fellowship

Join us for inspiring, first-hand accounts from six Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows who have spent the last three years integrating design thinking, community engagement, and systems change into affordable housing and community development organizations across the country. Each fellow brings a unique perspective from working and learning alongside partners in their communities. They will share what has challenged them, where they have found inspiration, and what impact we can see from their work.
Michael Chavez, Project Development Manager at YouthBuild Boston and a former Rose Fellow with the Fairmount CDC Collaborative, will moderate a conversation with the fellows and audience after the presentations about the universal lessons learned from doing this kind of work.
Alexis Smith, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Brighton MA
Annie Ledbury, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Oakland CA
Brita Carlson, A Community of Friends, Los Angeles CA
James Arentson, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, Slayton MN
Joshua Budiongan, Jefferson East Inc., Detroit MI
Stephen Klimek, The Cornerstone Group, Minneapolis MN

July 13, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

On July 13, the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab will host a workshop and informational session in partnership with the BSA Housing Committee to support the City of Boston's Additional Dwelling Unit Pilot Program. The Pilot Program seeks to streamline the process for homeowners looking to carve out a rental unit in their homes, along the way creating affordable housing options and generating rental income for homeowners. Through a miniature design charrette, the Lab and the BSA hope to generate design ideas and examples that will help homeowners visualize these additional units.

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