MGC Research Snapshot: Community Perspectives on Encore Boston Harbor Casino

October 2022

This report presents community perspectives on the introduction of the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and how it has affected the day-to-day quality of life in its surrounding communities. Participants expressed concerns about the effects of Encore on health. This included participants who expressed beliefs about negative mental health effects on community members and some who expressed beliefs that Encore has contributed to more problem gambling and gambling-related financial and relationship harms. Recommendations include reinvesting money into nearby communities, support and resources for people who experience problem gambling, and engaging more actively with community members. Key points for providers are bolded/italicized throughout this snapshot.