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Housing and Transportation Costs

This indicator reports the cost burden and affordability of housing plus transportation. Rising housing prices is a challenge facing many communities, especially those that have had success in building vibrant, economically thriving... Read More

This indicator reports the cost burden and affordability of housing plus transportation. Rising housing prices is a challenge facing many communities, especially those that have had success in building vibrant, economically thriving neighborhoods and downtowns. Without targeted strategies, once-affordable areas become too expensive for low- and moderate-income households, forcing them to seek less expensive housing on the urban fringe. This results in much higher transportation costs for individuals and families, as well as worsening traffic, air pollution, climate change, and negative impacts on health and quality of life.

Data for this indicator comes from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) Housing + Transportation Affordability Index (H+T Index). The H+T Index reports the percentage of income spent on housing and transportation costs plus the percentage of Regional Typical and Regional Moderate households spending less than 45% of their income on these expenses.

Devens, Massachusetts

Devens is actively working to provide additional affordable housing options for this region of Massachusetts. Our Reuse Plan calls for at least 25% of our housing stock to be affordable to Low-Moderate Income and special needs populations. As of 2017, Devens has 24 low-income deed restricted units of affordable housing,1... Read More

Devens is actively working to provide additional affordable housing options for this region of Massachusetts. Our Reuse Plan calls for at least 25% of our housing stock to be affordable to Low-Moderate Income and special needs populations. As of 2017, Devens has 24 low-income deed restricted units of affordable housing,1 moderate -income deed restricted unit, and 14 units of housing that are reserved for Veterans (special needs), for a total of 39 units. We currently have 157 units of housing total in Devens so currently, we are meeting the 25% requirement. We have approved an additional 107 homes, of which 27 will be deed-restricted to low and moderate income units - but these units have yet to be constructed. Once constructed, Devens will still maintain 25% of its housing stock serving affordable and special needs populations. With Devens as a regional employment center, it is our hope that as more housing is built, more people who work in the area, will also be able to live in the area, thereby reducing the financial burden of transportation costs.