The Arlington Affordable Housing Trust announces the kickoff of a summer of community engagement to inform its five-year action plan, beginning with a communitywide affordable-housing survey >> The deadline was extended to Tuesday, July 5.
The community-informed plan aims to help the trust prioritize actions and strategies to create and preserve affordable housing in Arlington.
The survey is the first of several opportunities for community members to inform the trust on the types of affordable-housing activities that should be prioritized.
Goals of trust
The plan will communicate the work, goals and priority initiatives of the trust to the community.
It will specify one or more areas of focus for the trust based on available and anticipated resources combined with community-informed goals for the production and preservation of affordable housing and will ensure that trust resources are used to further the town’s goals and objectives in addressing local housing needs and related community goals.
The plan will also be informed by two other town plans -- fair housing and housing production.
Community engagement is a key component of the plan. The trust has designed an intensive summer engagement plan to learn from the community about their goals for affordable housing in Arlington, with a particular focus on residents who are most likely to need or benefit from affordable housing and are typically underrepresented in public meetings, engagement and decision making.
The survey will be available through June 30, during which time the trust will also implement a street intercept survey at key public events, transit stops and centers of activity.
Later this summer, the trust will conduct focused listening sessions with key demographic groups, convene and share the feedback with town boards and committees, and hold public forums to present and discuss the plan.
“We particularly hope to engage community members who have the greatest stake in affordable housing, but may be under-represented in typical public meetings,” said Trust Chair Karen Kelleher in a June 16 town news release. “We need their input to build an effective action plan and will benefit from having them involved in implementing it.”
The trust fund's trustees was established to create a separate fund “to provide for the preservation and creation of Community Housing in the Town of Arlington, as such term is defined in Section 2 of M.G.L. c.44B, the Community Preservation Act (CPA).”
The trustees acts on the powers set forth in M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 55C. All voting members of the eight-member Trust are residents or representatives of local housing organizations and have experience in areas of expertise applicable to advancing the purpose and goals of the Trust, such as real estate, social services, banking, and law.
More background about the trust and a form to receive public notices from the trust are available on the trust’s page of the town website.
This news announcement was published Friday, June 17, 2022.
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