Note: Abadur Rahman graduated in spring 2014.
Abadur Rahman, a second-year Master of Urban and Regional Policy student, worked for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) during the summer through his fellowship with the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston’s Public Policy Summer Fellowship program.
During his fellowship, Abadur assisted research and planning efforts on a number of important projects. For instance, he helped coordinate the “Metro North Tour,” which featured new housing and local business development in nine Metro North cities and towns. The purpose of the tour – part of an event series established by Commonwealth Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki – was to highlight opportunities in the region where lower land costs, a history of mixed-use development and a desire to grow could help to create housing and jobs and foster economic vitality.
Abadur assisted the tour by identifying housing opportunities and creative/innovative businesses in ‘Metro North’ communities to showcase and draft event briefs for Secretary Bialecki. He also drafted a PowerPoint presentation showing collaboration between EOHED, EOEEA and MassDOT, among other materials for the Multi-Family Housing Summit.
During his tenure at DHCD, Abadur also assisted with developing and mailing building permit surveys for tracking Governor Deval Patrick’s 10,000 multi-family housing goal. He also identified housing opportunities for a task force that DHCD leads, which is comprised of public and quasi-public housing agencies.
Additionally, Abadur attended three conferences: Planning ahead for growth, Planning & Community Development Conference 2013, and Multi Family Housing Summit.