June 26, 2024

Warren, Pressley Applaud Federal Investment in Massachusetts to Address Affordable Housing Barriers

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for the Greater Boston area, a $3 million grant under the Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) program to address key barriers to affordable housing development. 

“With these grants, the federal government is partnering with states and cities to develop new and innovative ways to lower housing costs. Building new housing is how we’ll dig ourselves out of the housing crisis, and I’m grateful to see the Biden administration make these investments in Massachusetts,” said Senator Warren (D-Mass.).

“We must use every tool to confront the affordable housing crisis in Massachusetts and across the country, and that starts with building new housing. These federal dollars will help localities in the Massachusetts 7th develop creative ways to lower the cost of housing and boost our affordable housing stock, and I look forward to seeing MAPC put them to good use.” said Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07).

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council plans to use the funding to develop a regional strategy to research and incentivize the use of innovative offsite construction methods and prepare recommendations for solicitation that may include seed funding for a manufacturing facility. 

This award is part of the first round of funding for PRO Housing, a new competitive program providing grant funding to communities actively taking steps and demonstrating progress in addressing local housing barriers. This round of funding saw applications from more than 175 communities across 47 states and territories. Later this year, HUD will open a second round of funding of $100 million.