Jillian Standish Flynn

2008 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2008
Graduate Degree:Boston University School of Management
Undergraduate Degree:Bucknell University
Areas of interest:Housing
Mentor:Sue Tracy, The Strategy Group, Inc.
Agency:Masssachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Supervisors:Mary-Anne Morrison, Director, Bureau of Rental Assistance, Amy Schectman, Associate Director, Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance, and Jessica Berman Boatright, Special Assistant to the Associate Director
Project description:One of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) primary foci for fiscal year 2009 is the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), which provides rental assistance to low-income tenants across the Commonwealth. The program is a tremendous resource for providing additional affordable housing in Massachusetts but has not been used to its fullest potential, so DHCD is planning on redesigning it. To begin this process, she spent her ten weeks at DHCD conducting 32 listening sessions with MRVP’s stakeholders, including Local Housing Authorities, Regional Administering Agencies, tenant advocacy groups, and legislators, in order to find out how they envision a reinvigorated MRVP. Based on the information she collected during these meetings and her personal experience working with MRVP at my past job, she formulated a recommendation on how to redesign the program. As DHCD moves forward with the overhaul of MRVP, they will use the document she wrote as a roadmap to guide the extensive process of rebuilding MRVP.