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Housing News Roundup

To keep in touch with what's going on at the local level, MHP regularly summarizes and links to housing stories that have appeared in newspapers around the state.

Worcester: State OKs WHA's work rule in state public housing WORCESTER - Nearly 400 families living in state-subsidized apartments managed by the Worcester Housing Authority will soon be required to meet work or school requirements to avoid eviction - a smaller-scale version of a sweeping change quashed by the federal government last year.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, May 6, 2015
Newton: Mayor urges use of smart growth law to boost housing NEWTON --- In a recent budget address, Newton Mayor Setti Warren urged aldermen to take advantage of the state's 40R smart growth zoning law to create districts near public transportation that would allow for multi-family and mixed-use projects.
Publication: Boston Globe, May 2, 2015
Arlington: Nonprofit's walk annnual walk nets close to $50K ARLINGTON --- The Housing Corporation of Arlington took to the streets recently for its 14th annual walk for affordable housing and raised close to $50,000 while also honoring a board member and past president who passed away in 2013.
Publication: Arlington Advocate, May 1, 2015
Vineyard: Community discussion on housing TISBURY --- A standing-room only crowd filled the senior center last month to hear a community discussion on how to increase the island's supply of affordable housing. The Island Housing Trust had one of its best years ever creating units but citizens are concerned there isn't enough housing for working people and got together to discuss ways of finding land and building more housing. MHP's Susan Connelly represented the state on the panel and discussed the challenges that smaller, rural communities have at building housing at scale.
Publication: Martha's Vineyard Times, Apr 30, 2015
Winchester: Woburn-line site eyed for multi-family housing WINCHESTER --- Town land-use counsel Mark Bobrowski gave selectmen a heads up earlier this month that the firm of Stockard, Engler and Brigham are interested in buying a property on Cambridge St. near the Woburn line and asking the town for a Ch. 40B permit so it can develop 96 units of rental units.
Publication: Winchester Star, Apr 30, 2015
State: Auditor pinpoints costs of homeless in motels WEYMOUTH --- The use of motels by the state as temporary shelters has resulted in 10 communities hosting 68 percent of homeless families receiving assistance, according to a report by the state auditor's office. The report also said the cost of transporting displaced children to the school system they came from (required by federal law) costs communities $13 million per year and may amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 10 communities that host the most homeless families on motels - Weymouth, Brockton, Holyoke, Danvers, Allston-Brighton, Chicopee, Waltham, Malden, Leominster and Greenfield.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Apr 23, 2015
Bolton: Rental 40B resurfaces as 42 clustered units for sale BOLTON --- A 150-unit Ch. 40B housing proposal that was first floated in 2002 has resurfaced again, this time as 42 detached homes that will be clustered together to create more open space. Known as Craftsman Village, selectmen have signaled their support for the smaller project, which will be developed by Mark O'Hagan.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Apr 17, 2015
Arlington: Hires firm to fight 219-unit 40B on Mugar land ARLINGTON --- The town of Arlington has hired a firm to represent them in their opposition to a 219-unit Ch. 40B housing development being proposed for land in East Arlington owned by the Mugar family.
Publication: Arlington Advocate, Apr 16, 2015
Methuen: Sr. housing gets waiver, family housing probably not METHUEN --- After previously waiving its rural zoning exemptions to allow 250 units of senior housing, the City of Methuen has indicated that a developer's plan to use Ch. 40B to build 123 homes for families does not fit the city's overall development plan and is inappropriate for the rural part of town for which it is proposed.
Publication: Lawrence Eagle Tribune, Apr 15, 2015
Wrentham: Girding to hear about 4 multifamily proposals WRENTHAM --- Town officials are gearing up to hear details about four large affordable housing development proposals, three of which are expected to rental developments of over 200 units. The fourth proposal - a plan for the former Crosby Valve site near downtown - is in the early stages, selectmen say.
Publication: Attleboro Sun, Apr 15, 2015
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