Department Mission

The creation of a diversified housing stock that is accessible, affordable and energy efficient is an important priority for the City of Boston.  The BRA implements the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) for the City to ensure that middle income affordable housing opportunities (homeownership and rental) are created.  Working in collaboration with the Department of Neighborhood Development and the Fair Housing Commission, the BRA's Affordable Housing team works to maximize the benefit of the creation of below market rate housing units.

Role at the Agency

By using public land and working with developers and also through financial assistance for development projects through the IDP Fund and relief from regulation, housing is made affordable for all ages and households and at eligible income levels.  Preferences are outlined to ensure that IDP/Affordable Housing units that are created remain available to those most in need. Applicants for IDP/Affordable Housing must meet income and asset criteria in order to be considered. To provide greater information to  constituents and interested parties a series of documents which outline process and answer questions has been provided.  Links to these materials are part of this web page.

The Housing Department, in collaboration with the BRA’s Development Review Department and Legal Division, provides support for the development of IDP/Affordable Housing as well as the required oversight, monitoring and compliance related to these units.  This work includes the following:

  • Review of Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans
  • Income Certification
  • Annual Monitoring and Compliance
  • Establishing Income and Sales Prices/Rental Rates for IDP Housing
  • Resales of IDP Housing


Members of the Housing Department have significant knowledge of affordable housing policy as well as expertise in working with the developer community, lenders, real estate brokers, and community development corporations to provide information about IDP/Affordable Housing protocol, to answer questions about the various requirements and offer training where appropriate to facilitate this work.

For more information, please contact Dana Whiteside, Deputy Director for Community Economic Development, by email or by telephone at (617) 918-4441.