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Housing Innovation Lab

The Housing Innovation Lab tests new approaches to housing policy, programs, and design to accelerate housing production and achieve affordability for all Bostonians.

Boston is an incredible place to live—it’s no surprise that projections tell us that the city’s population is expected to exceed 700,000 people by 2030. This growth creates increased demand for housing, challenging our ability to provide affordable housing for all. The Housing Innovation Lab (iLab) is the City’s space to experiment with new methods of creating and preserving affordable housing. We want to ensure that the Boston of tomorrow does not displace the Boston of today

TO DO THIS, THE HOUSING INNOVATION LAB:
  • Prioritizes people: put people at the center of our work.
  • Engages collaborators: engage both internal and external partners to move the work forward.
  • Experiments early and often: take a prototype driven approach to policy making.
​​​​QUESTIONS WE’RE CURRENTLY EXPLORING:
  • What types of new construction methods and materials hold the most promise in decreasing construction costs while delivering a high quality product?
  • How might we support affordable co-living opportunities?
  • How might we design a new model of housing that is inexpensive to build and naturally affordable to more middle income households?
  • Housing Innovation Lab logo

  • 12 channel STREET

    9tH FLOOR

    BOSTON, MA 02210
  • OFFICE HOURS

    Have an idea about how to make Boston an affordable place for all? We want to hear it. Share your idea with us using this form or drop in to our office hours, held virtually on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m. Access our virtual office using this link. You can also call in by dialing 682-593-6921‬ (access code 193 208 500#).

Get Involved

Have an idea about how to make Boston an affordable place for all? We want to hear it. Share your idea with us using this form or drop in to our office hours, held virtually on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m. Access our virtual office using this link. You can also call in by dialing 682-593-6921‬ (access code 193 208 500#).

Students

The Housing Innovation Lab offers summer and academic year fellowships. Contact us at housingilab@boston.gov to learn about upcoming application cycles.

Professors

We love working with academic institutions. Have an idea about how we can collaborate to house our City? Share it with us using this form or send an email to housingilab@boston.gov.

  • Housing Innovation Lab logo

  • 12 channel STREET

    9tH FLOOR

    BOSTON, MA 02210
  • OFFICE HOURS

    Have an idea about how to make Boston an affordable place for all? We want to hear it. Share your idea with us using this form or drop in to our office hours, held virtually on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m. Access our virtual office using this link. You can also call in by dialing 682-593-6921‬ (access code 193 208 500#).

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