Affordable Housing Trust

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The draft of the Housing Production Plan is available for public review and will be presented on September 21, 2021 to the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Affordable Housing Trust and the public is invited to attend or view via zoom or Medfield TV.

9/21/21 Powerpoint Presentation LINK

Questions or comments from the public should be sent to sraposa@medfield.net

The Plan will subsequently need to be adopted by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board and sent to DHCD for final approval.  

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Housing Production Plan Safe Harbor Certification 

Valid through May 7, 2022 (Letter)

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Housing Navigator Launches Free Affordable Housing Search Tool
On August 10, 2021, Housing Navigator launched its free affordable housing search tool. The housing search platform streamlines and improves the experience of searching for affordable housing to that of a market-rate apartment search via websites like Apartments.com and Trulia. The first release includes over 2,100 properties and over 160,000 affordable rentals in 260+ cities and towns. 

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Medfield Affordable Housing Lottery for Chapel Hill Landing, Hospital Road, Medfield (3 BR ownership units):   Application Packet

The affordable units will be sold to qualifying applicants with incomes at or below 80% percent of the area median income. Sale price is $323,700. Condo fee is $95 per month.


The key milestones for these housing opportunities: 
  • Application Period opens 7/26/2021 
  • Information Workshop 9/1/2021 
  • Application Deadline 9/29/2021 
  • Lottery 10/6/2021
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Chapel Hill Landing is a 49 unit condominium community consisting of single family homes, duplexes and triplexes. Thirteen of the units are affordable offered to eligible first time homebuyers (exceptions apply). Nine affordable units were awarded at the first lottery in June, 2019. The remaining 5 units will be awarded at this second lottery 1 of which is detached and 4 are attached duplex-style. The project is located on Hospital Road with unit addresses of Sunset Way. The affordable units include 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The detached unit has a 2-car garage and the duplex units have 1-car garages. The detached unit is approximately 2,300 s.f. and the duplex units are approximately 2,200 s.f. Appliances include a refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher and microwave, and laundry hookups.

Affordable units will be indistinguishable from market rate units on the exterior. Interior rooms, bathrooms, finishes, etc. may differ.

All units are sold in accordance with state DHCD Guidelines. The initial purchase price was established so that a household earning 70% of the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH HUD Metro FMR Area Median Income (AMI) would not spend more than 30% of its gross income for housing costs. These properties are sold below the market prices with deed restrictions. These restrictions maintain the affordability of the property in perpetuity using resale price limitations.
  • 1-person $70,750
  • 2-person $80,850
  • 3-person $90,950
  • 4-person $101,050
  • 5-person $109,150
  • 6-person $117,250
More info in the attachment.
Questions may be directed to the Lottery Agent Kristen Costa, L.A. Associates, Inc., 11 Middlesex Ave., Suite 5, Wilmington, MA 01887    www.laassoc.com (978) 758-0197 kriscosta@laassoc.com

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Medfield Meadows Rental Apartments / Condos Under Construction

Corner of North Meadows Road and Dale Street

Leasing Office: Paul McGovern paul@pgcminc.com

Affordable Units: SEB Housing at (617) 782-6900 (x1) and leave a message; https://sebhousing.com/property/medfield-meadows/

Rental Renders

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Hillside Village Rental Apartments

80 North Meadows Road

Contact: Alison Borrelli at 617-257-3012 or alison.borrelli@commonmoves.com

Link to photos: https://www.alisonborrelli.com/blank-page

HVA Hillside Village



Resources for Tenants and Landlords re: Eviction Moratorium During Covid-19 Emergency

On April 20, 2020 Governor Baker approved the Moratorium on Eviction during the Covid-19 Emergency. Unless extended by the Governor, this protection will end on August 18, 2020 or 45 days after the end of the Massachusetts state of emergency, whichever comes first. This law is intended to keep tenants from being evicted, and from having to cope with the eviction process, in the midst of our current public health crisis. However, tenants will  ultimately  still be responsible for lease payments to their  landlord. In an effort to clarify tenant’s rights and responsibilities under the law, the  Massachusetts Department of Housing and Development (DHCD)  issued more detailed guidance for tenants: https://www.mass.gov/doc/dhcd-guidance-and-form-instructions-for-tenants-eviction-moratorium/download

Additionally, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership developed a resource guide for tenants and others facing financial distress due to the emergency.  This is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese on MHP’s website: https://www.mhp.net/news/2020/resources-for-tenants-during-covid-19-pandemic

Are you Impacted by COVID-19 and Need Assistance? 

Use this link to CHAPA (Citizens’ Housing & Planning Association) for help with housing, nutrition assistance, legal aid, emergency childcare, Personal Care Assistants, tenants rights, and Unemployment, Employee Rights, and Employer Obligations

Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Resources for Renters and Homeowners:

Please use this page as a resource; DHCD will continue updating it with guidance and information related to DHCD programs.

On March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced a State of Emergency in Massachusetts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Commonwealth. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to supporting our families and residents through this uncertain time.

This includes:

  • A new $5 million special fund under the RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) program for eligible households (families and individuals) who may face eviction, foreclosure, loss of utilities, and other housing emergencies. Full details on this under the RAFT tab below.
  • Guidance to all state-aided public housing operators, including Local Housing Authorities and private operators, to suspend both pending non-essential evictions and the filing of any new non-essential evictions.
  • Guidance urging operators of private, affordable housing to suspend non-essential evictions for loss of income or employment circumstances that result in a tenant’s inability to make rent. This guidance also urges operators to establish reasonable payment plans, to notify Section 8 or public housing residents about interim income recertification to adjust rent payments, and to consider offering relief funding for residents ineligible for income reassessment.
  • DHCD is moving to temporarily suspend terminations of federal and state rental vouchers, including assistance provided under the Section 8 (DHCD portfolio only), Massachusetts Rental Voucher and Alternative Housing Voucher programs, in all cases other than those involving violent or drug-related criminal activity that seriously affects the health and safety of other residents.
  • DHCD will also automatically extend the deadline by which a household issued a voucher must identify a housing unit where they can use the voucher. The 60 day voucher search term would be extended automatically until 30 calendar days past the expiration of the state of emergency.
  • The Division of Banks has also released additional guidance for homeowners and financial institutions regarding foreclosure during the state of emergency. You can find more information on their website


Mission Statement 

The purpose of the Affordable Housing Trust shall be to provide for the preservation and creation of affordable and community housing in the Town of Medfield for the benefit of low and moderate-income households.

Members

NameTerm Ends
Jim Brand, Chair
2022
Michael Marcucci
2023
Newton Thompson2022
VACANT
Ann Thompson2023
Greg Sandomirsky2022
Kerry McCormack
2023


Current 40B proposals under permitting review are available on the ZBA's webpage. 

The Affordable Housing Trust provided comments in support of the Rosebay 40B at 30 Pound Street: LINK. Supporting analysis on the risk and timing of Rosebay relative to the letter of support from chair, Jim Brand, on behalf of the Affordable Housing Trust: LINK.


Ballot for June 5, 2017 w results