Nick DeLuca | BostInno

Image via Creative Commons/ amy gizienski (CC BY 2.0)
Image via Creative Commons/ amy gizienski (CC BY 2.0)

Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that Boston is one of 12 U.S. cities awarded a grant for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The $1.35 million will be dispersed over a three year period and be used to support a Housing Innovation Lab as part of the mayor’s sweeping Boston 2030 housing strategy.

“We must do everything possible to ensure that everyone who wants to help make Boston a better place can afford to live here,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement. “Potential partners surround us, from local architects to world-leading colleges and universities. The Housing Innovation Lab will help us strengthen these partnerships and create new ones to help us solve Boston’s housing challenges.”

News of the grant comes less than a week after Walsh addressed the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, in which he made note of his plan to implement transit-oriented workforce housing along the Red and Orange Lines. Approximately 20,000 housing units of the overall goal of 53,000 could come from these two “growth zones.” Read more