Our Mission

Abundant housing for all is an urgent moral imperative throughout Massachusetts.


The Problem

Massachusetts has a severe housing shortage. We aren’t building enough homes to keep pace with demand, especially near jobs and transit. What’s more, 50 years after the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, much of what we have is still largely segregated by income and race.

Our Goals

We want to create, sustain, and enhance…

  • Abundant housing for all
  • A housing market that lets people move when they want, where they want, not when they have to
  • Communities with ethnically and economically diverse residents
  • Development patterns that facilitate low-carbon lifestyles

Our Solution

We are advocates for:

  • More housing near transit and jobs
  • Robust tenant protections to prevent displacement
  • Reform of exclusionary zoning rules
  • Sustainable development practices and communities
  • Robust funding of social and subsidized housing
  • We believe that when communities, builders, and planners come together, in good faith, to find positive solutions, we can address our housing crisis while minimizing negative impacts to our community.

Our Actions

We will:

  • Convene pro-housing groups around the state to help shape their messages and become more effective
  • Nurture diversity within grassroots pro-housing groups
  • Coordinate support for statewide and local legislative and regulatory initiatives

Our Board

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Burhan Azeem, Treasurer

  • Grew Up: Staten Island, NY
  • Currently: Cambridge
  • Employer: daytoday Health
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Jonathan Berk

  • Grew Up: Swampscott, MA
  • Currently: South End
  • Employer: Patronicity
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Molly Goodman, Board Clerk

  • Grew Up: Jamaica Plain
  • Currently: Jamaica Plain
  • Employer: Allston Brighton CDC
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Beyazmin Jimenez, Vice President

  • Grew Up: Lawrence, MA
  • Currently: Jamaica Plain
  • Employer: Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
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Jarred Johnson

  • Grew Up: Oklahoma City, OK
  • Currently: Somerville
  • Employer: TransitMatters
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Jesse Kanson-Benanav, President

  • Grew Up: Saint Paul, MN
  • Currently: Jamaica Plain
  • Employer: B’nai B’rith Housing
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Jacob Oppenheim

  • Grew Up: Annandale, VA
  • Currently: South End
  • Employer: EQRx