Tim Warren, The Warren Group and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member
City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development
Jessica Boatright, Deputy Director for Neighborhood Housing Development
Description of Fellowship
Carl Hedman worked for the Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development in the Neighborhood Housing Division, the team that oversees the City’s investment in affordable housing development and preservation. Rising costs to build affordable housing are making it increasingly challenging to meet the needs of a City in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. With this in mind, Carl’s first task was to research cost containment guidelines for affordable housing development in Boston. Drawing on this work, he developed a series of recommendations for the City’s fiscal year 2020 funding awards aimed at maximizing the number of affordable units funded and incentivizing deeper affordability. Carl also supported work to revise and expand the Acquisition Opportunity Program, the City’s primary tool for meeting it’s 2030 goal of preserving 1,000 naturally affordable units from private market speculation and deed restricting them. In that work, He developed a set of recommendations with the goal of making the program more responsive to market conditions and encouraging greater program participation.