Amherst Affordable Housing Trust Fund

The Trust's mission, as an instrument of town government, is to promote the town's affordable housing priorities as determined through the most recent town housing plan, particularly to create safe, decent, and affordable housing for our most vulnerable populations. 

NEWS

November 1, 2018 Housing Forum at 7 PM

Crocker Farm Elementary School Auditorium

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CURRENT PROJECTS

1) Exploring opportunities for affordable housing development at the East St. School property. Currently waiting for assessment of wetlands and groundwater at the site to determine feasibility of building.

2) Developing a Town Housing Policy to set affordable housing as a common goal shared by the entire town government. 

3) Supporting a proposal for an Inclusionary Zoning Policy change that will allow more affordable units in future developments where a special permit is requested. 

4) Homelessness Prevention Program. The Housing Trust encouraged development of this program. Family Outreach of Amherst successfully applied for CDBG funds to support it. 

AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS AT PRESIDENTIAL APARTMENTS
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Click here to view an application

Committee Member Year Appointed Term Expires
Sidonio Ferreira 2017 2020
John Hornik, Chair 2016 2018
Tom Kegelman 2015 2019
Jay Levy 2017 2020
Laura Quinn 2017 2020
Nancy Schroeder 2017 2019
Douglas Slaughter, SB Member  2016 2018
Greg Stutsman 2016 2018
Vacancy   2019

TRUST RESOURCES


2018
MassHousing Contract with Karen Sunnarborg
Contract outlining the scope of work and timeline for the consultant working with the Trust. Tasks include identifying sites for development, preparing and conducting an outreach strategy, preparing a site analysis strategy,  conducting a public forum, and identifying and creating a Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay District. 

MassHousing Planning for Housing Production (HPP) Application 
A grant application to MassHousing to support Trust initiatives such as a feasibility analyses for parcels that could be acquired by the Trust, a public education and discussion forum, and to bring on a 40R consultant to work with the Town. 

2017
Housing Trust Strategic Plan FY18-22 
Produced with assistance of consultant Jennifer Goldson this plan outlines 5-year goals for the Trust to pursue including: to foster development of affordable housing, support homelessness prevention initiatives, and to expland availability of direct housing assistance. 

Working the Amherst Housing Puzzle: A Community Problem Solving Forum 
About 60 people attended this forum to discuess the challenges faced by the Town in trying to increase its stock and diversity of affordable housing. 

2015
Comprehensive Housing Market Study 
This study had 3 overarching goals:
  • to identify populations excluded from Amherst because of housing affordability
  • to understand the impacts on the housing market from student housing needs
  • to review existing land use regulations which hinder development of market-rate housing
2014
UMass/Town of Amherst Housing and Economic Development Plan 
The Town Gown Steering Committee engaged consultants to prepare a housing and economic development plan. The scope of the work was to recommend interventions for UMass and Amherst to pursue in order to create a stable balance in housing and economic growth, allowing both the University and Town to prosper. 

2013
Amherst Housing Production Plan (HPP) 
The HPP is a study which examines the specific impacts of demographic changes, particularly shifts in student population, relative to the dynamics of the housing market conditions in order to determine the current and future housing needs of the community. 

2010
Chapter 4 (Housing and Demographics) of the Town’s Master Plan 
Prepared by the Town, this Master Plan provides a blueprint for the future, guiding the community's long-term development. The Housing Plan offers an overarching goal to increase access to housing that is affordable to and meets the physical needs of the broadest spectrum of the community, and minimizes environmental impact. 



 

EXTERNAL LINKS

Craig's Doors

Craig’s Doors – A Home Association, Inc. was founded in the summer of 2011 to assist those who do not have a home, with a primary mission of developing affordable housing. Our goal is to create and develop a model of supportive single room occupancy housing for those in our community who are the most vulnerable. In the fall of 2011, Craig’s Doors took over the running of the Amherst Emergency Shelter and renamed it Craig’s Place   Website


MassHousing Partnership

Housing Toolbox - Strategies and best practices for the creation and preservation of affordable housing, with guides, tools and resources for local boards & committees, planners, municipal staff, developers, and volunteers.

ONE Mortgage - If you are a first-time homebuyer, the ONE Mortgage Program is for you. ONE Mortgage offers you the comfort of knowing your mortgage is financially sustainable.

Glossary of Affordable Housing Terms


CHAPA - Citizen's Housing and Planning Association

Chapter 40B Resources - Chapter 40B, also known as the Comprehensive Permit Law, was enacted in 1969 to help expand the number of communities and neighborhoods where households with low and moderate incomes could secure a safe and affordable home. 

Accessible Housing Registry -The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people to find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.


DHCD - MA Department of Housing and Community Development

A Guide to Obtaining Housing Assistance - This reference guide is for Massachusetts residents seeking information on housing for low and moderate income families and individuals. 


MassHousing

Mortgage Calculator - By providing financial information, you can calculate how much you can afford to spend on a home. Keep in mind that many additional factors play a part in the loan qualification process. We recommend that you use the worksheets provided to assess your financial situation prior to using the affordability calculator.

First Time Homebuyer Guide - The homebuying process might seem complicated or unmanageable. But knowing all the key parts to buying a home will help you plan for challenges and avoid mistake This step-by-step guide will help you navigate the winding path towards homeownership.