Affordable housing programs
The high cost of housing has long been one of the Boston area’s most intractable problems. High housing costs undermine the region’s ability to attract and retain the talented people on whom its economy depends – erode the living standards of working families – and impose a particularly heavy burden on low-income households and the elderly.
Harvard supports local efforts to address the problem of affordable housing in several ways. Harvard students are also engaged in efforts to address local housing problems.
Several research centers at Harvard have also worked with local officials, community organizations and others in the Boston area to analyze problems related to affordable housing, and to develop new solutions. For example, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston has done extensive research on the impact of local land use regulations on housing costs.