What is Housing MA ?

Housing MA provides housing data on every municipality in the state, and generates housing needs assessment content for municipal housing planners.

Housing MA is intended to support the larger Housing Production Planning process. The Basic Needs Assessment and Housing Data Profiles are intended to ease the burden and significantly reduce the cost of the data collection, processing, and analysis needed for Housing Production Plans.

The Basic Needs Assessment automatically generates some content for Housing Needs Assessments, required for Housing Production Plans. Most Housing Production Plans will need more content and analysis.

The Housing Data Profile shows hundreds of housing-related indicators for each municipality, and compares the municipality to its neighbors, the county, the region (defined by RPA boundary), and the state. The Housing Data Profile eliminates the need for most of the data collection, processing, and analysis traditionally done for Housing Needs Assessments.

Housing Planning Assistance

MAPC helps municipalities create and implement housing production plans, creates and disseminates housing data, prepares housing publications and articles, and produces local and comprehensive community development plans and model zoning bylaws for housing diversity and affordability. Our goal is to support planning for adequate, decent and affordable housing that is near jobs and transportation networks.

If you have questions, or would like to request housing planning services from MAPC, please contact:

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Housing MA is an open source software project, its code licensed under the MIT License.

The code, licensed under the MIT License, is available on Github .


Housing MA was built by the Data Services Department of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Housing MA was generously supported by the Community Innovation Challenge Grant Program.