2020 census shows town’s SHI down to 9.1% from 9.6% – i.e. 41 more affordable housing units needed to get to 10% safe harbor

Email yesterday from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, shared the 2020 census figures on the number of dwellings in the Town of Medfield (4,450), meaning that the town is now 41 affordable units short of the 10% Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) goal that provides safe harbor from unfriendly 40B projects. –


Hi all – Our HPP consultants were able to pull out our 2020 census year round housing units from the recently released redistricting data. With that we fell from 9.6% to 9.1%.

Just a reminder that the AHT and PB are reviewing the draft HPP update now and we have a joint AHT/PB/BoS presentation penciled in for Sept 21 (to be confirmed later). 



Sarah Raposa, AICP
Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Barry Fradkin <barry@jmgoldson.com>
Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 3:28 PM
Subject: 2020 Census and SHI
To: Sarah Raposa <sraposa@medfield.net>
Cc: Jennifer Goldson <jennifer@jmgoldson.com>

Good afternoon Sarah,

We did some digging into the 2020 Census redistricting data and pulled out the new population and housing numbers for each municipality in Massachusetts. Although we cannot provide official Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) figures – DHCD will be able to give you this information at some point –  we know our clients are eagerly awaiting the 2020 Census data to understand how they stand on the SHI and wanted to give you a sneak peek at this initial data release.

Jenn asked me to share the following statistics for Medfield – please feel free to reach out with any questions!

MunicipalityTotal Population (2020)Year-round Housing Units (2020)Occupied Units (2020)% Occupied (2020)Vacant Units (2020)% Vacant (2020)Year-round Housing Units (2010)SHI Units (as of 12/2020)% Subsidized (2010)% Subsidized (2020)
Medfield        12,799            4,450       4,34698%      1042.3%               4,220          4069.6%9.1%

We hope you find this information useful and look forward to continuing our work together!



Barry Fradkin, GISP

Community Planning Analyst



Boston, MA




Winner of the 2020 APA-MA Comprehensive Planning Award

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