Massachusetts Opportunity Communities Initiative

In response to a state level opportunity mapping initiative in Massachusetts, the State has recently embraced a new subsidy program to develop affordable rental housing in high opportunity areas. The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (a State affiliated nonprofit affordable housing entity) has committed $5 million in zero percent interest, second mortgage financing to support affordable rental housing in high opportunity areas. The agency utilized the opportunity maps produced by Kirwan (in addition to our housing model) in deciding which communities were eligible for the targeted funds. In addition to this new program, legal aid organizations are also considering an “adopt a zip code” program to target legal aid resources into opportunity deprived areas identified in the analysis.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.