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Housing and Sheltering Committee
Contact
Nathaniel Malloy, Staff Liaison
Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue
Ph: 413-259-3040
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Overview 
The Committee will consider the state of housing needs in Amherst across the affordability spectrum.  It will make recommendations to the Select Board on steps the Town can take to support the creation of new housing options to address those needs, and to maintain existing affordable housing stock.  The committee will support their implementation of these recommendations as appropriate and measure progress toward their fulfillment.  The committee’s work will seek regional solutions and support regional goals for permanent supportive housing. Click here to view the committee charge.

2014 Annual Town Meeting-click the following links to review information about a municipal affordable housing trust
Article 34 - Establishing a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust
Housing and Sheltering Committee Informational Brochure (revised 4-14-2014)
PowerPoint Presentation from April 9th Public Forum
Massachusetts Housing Partnership Guidebook for Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts
Massachusetts General Law Ch. 44 Sec. 55C - Enabling Legislation

Reports and Studies

Comprehensive Housing Market Study- November 15, 2013 DRAFT
Click here to view the draft report and view maps


Housing Production Plan Available For Download
Click here to view the plan

News

Housing & Sheltering Committee Report to 2013 Town Meeting
Click here to view report

Housing & Sheltering Committee Calendar Now Online
Click here to view the calendar

Flyer For First-time Homebuyer Program in Amherst
Click here to download

Governor Patrick Unveils Multi-Family Housing Initiative
read the article
Policy Details


Minutes & Agendas 
Most Recent Agenda All Agendas 
Most Recent Minutes All Minutes 

Members

Name

Year Appointed

Term Expires

Andrea Battle 2012 2014
Vacant

Nancy Gregg, Co-chair 2012 2014
John Hornik 2012 2014
Denise LeDuc 2012 2015
Aaron Blodgett 2012 2015
Greg Stutsman, Co-chair 2012 2015
*Appointed by the Select Board: 7 members/ 3-year terms

Responsibilities Include:
1. Developing goals and objectives for addressing the needs identified in the Town’s Housing Production Plan, and in “All Roads Lead Home – the Pioneer Valley’s Plan to End Homelessness” (February, 2008)
2. Ensuring site availability for a seasonal emergency shelter at the expiration of the current temporary State shelter permit and working to ensure a seasonal emergency shelter site while needed.
3. Creating, updating and/or distributing needed outreach and education materials such as guides for housing information or homelessness resources
4. Making recommendations on proposals to Town Meeting, or proposals seeking Community Development Block Grant funds and Community Preservation Act funds, when such proposals create or support of affordable, workforce and extremely low-income housing