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Posted on: March 6, 2018

Amherst Housing Authority Notice of Vacancy and Process to Jointly Elect

Amherst Housing Authority News Item

The Amherst Housing Authority (AHA) has provided notice to the Select Board that a vacancy exists on the elected Board of Commissioners.  The vacancy will be filled by vote of a majority of the remaining members of the AHA and the Amherst Select Board, and will serve until the next local election following the April 2, 2018 appointment.

The vacancy will be filled at a joint meeting of the Select Board and the remaining members of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on April 2, 2018. This election will take place at 6:45 pm, during the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting in the Town Room on the second floor of Town Hall, and will be broadcast live by Amherst Media on channel 17. Amherst Residents interested in serving must submit a Letter of Interest to the Select Board office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 and be present for the joint election on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm.

Letters of Interest may be submitted by email to or via hard copy to Select Board, Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. Amherst MA 01002. The full policy on process is provided below. Questions? Please contact the Select Board/Town Manager’s Office at 259-3001/3002 or

The mission of the Amherst Housing Authority (AHA) is to: preserve and to expand decent, safe and affordable housing for low and moderate income households, elders, and persons with disabilities; support programs, services and resources that promote economic self-sufficiency, and improve community quality of life, tenant empowerment and responsibility; maintain quality of service delivery and ensure equal opportunity in housing; and operate programs and deliver services that maximize financial and human resources while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The Amherst Housing Authority (AHA) receives funds from both the state of Massachusetts and the federal government.

The AHA is a public agency operated with state and federal funding and is overseen by a five member Board of Commissioners. The AHA holds monthly Board meetings. These are public meetings, governed by Roberts Rules of Order, and commissioners must familiarize themselves with the procedures. The meetings seldom exceed two hours. One of the regular tasks of these meetings requires commissioners to sign off on expenditures as well as certificates of compliance with various state and federal policies. Commissioners must read the material sent out before the meetings in order to make informed decisions about these matters.

The AHA administers various programs at multiple sites. Commissioners must become familiar with both the federal mobile voucher program as well as the various housing properties that the AHA administers. Commissioners are required to learn the many regulations and terminology of the State and Federal housing programs administered by AHA. Commissioners are required to take a four to five hour on-line board training module. As public officials, commissioners are also required to take an on-line course that addresses the many issues involved in complying with the conflict of interest laws of the state.

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