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Three Causes of Boston's Decade-Long Rise in Family Homelessness... and Recent Signs of Progress

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Luc Schuster and Anise Vance

Against a backdrop of economic growth and relative affluence, Boston’s homeless family population grew significantly over the last decade. While we’ve made some very recent progress (see last section of this brief for detail), family homelessness grew by nearly 75 percent since 2007, according to a recent report from the Boston Foundation. Three key trends that likely played a role in this increase:

  • The number of families in poverty increased, especially during the Great Recession.
  • Housing costs have risen and fewer affordable rental units are available.
  • Public funding for housing programs has been cut.

BPDA's Alvaro Lima on Boston Immigration

Friday, April 28, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
Alvaro Lima, the Director of Research at the Boston Planning and Development Agency joins the Boston Foundation to chat about the foreign born community in Boston, their contributions and the challenges they face.

In 4 Charts: Refugees in Massachusetts

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Anise Vance
1. Massachusetts accepts almost two thousand refugees yearly.

As a wealthy state with a relatively strong system of public supports, it’s important for Massachusetts to play a role in welcoming refugees fleeing war, persecution and natural disaster. Since 2009, the number of refugee arrivals to Massachusetts each years has averaged between 1,400 and 1,900. Since 2007, a total of 16,116 refugees have settled in Massachusetts.

Boston's Foreign Born Population, A Breakdown

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
As one of the top 25 cities in the United States for the settlement of foreign born individuals, Boston’s immigrant population is critical to our city’s success. In fact, were it not for new immigrants, Boston’s population would be roughly on par with its population in the 1980s.

How the District Analysis Review Tool (DART) Enables Better Research

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
The District Analysis Review Tool, or DART, facilitates a deeper understanding of student and teacher performance across every school and district within the state. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) makes DART data accessible online so that researchers, parents and other interested parties can more easily investigate things like: how many students attending Boston Latin are economically disadvantaged (363) or what percentage of African-American students at Boston Arts Academy scored proficient or higher on their English Language Arts Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test (95%).
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