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.
Housing Trust Meetings
- Thursday, May 13, 7:00PM via Zoom
- Tuesday, April 20, 6:30PM: Racial Equity and Housing: An Interactive Forum with Reparations for Amherst & Whitney Demetrius, Director of Fair Housing Engagement for CHAPA. Join Zoom Meeting.
- Tuesday, May 25, 6:30PM: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Housing: An Interactive Forum. Detail forthcoming.
1) Initiating a combined RFP process for the development of affordable housing development at the East Street School and Belchertown Road properties.
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.
|Committee Member||Year Appointed||Term Expires|
|Paul Bockelman, Ex Officio|
|John Hornik, Chair||2016||2022|
|William Van Heuvelen||2019||2021|
Resources & Past Projects
DEVELOPMENT OF A 40R SMART GROWTH OVERLAY DISTRICT
40R SMART GROWTH FOURTH COMMUNITY FORUM
A fourth community meeting was held on October 14, 2020.
40R SMART GROWTH THIRD COMMUNITY FORUM
The objective of the third meeting was to gather feedback on a Downtown 40R district and begin to develop design guidelines that preserve the character of the community. Community members asked questions and evaluated the location of the proposed 40R district, the design guidelines.
FALL HOUSING FORUM
Presentations by Town Manager Paul Bockelman, Housing Trust Chair John Hornik, State Representative Mindy Domb, and State Senator Jo Comerford.
Presentation compiled by Chair John Hornik. In July 2019 several new members were appointed to the Trust. Chair John Hornik provided all members an orientation to the Trust, its functions, responsibilities, current, and past projects.
Contract outlining the creation of a housing advocacy coalition through the Citizen's Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) municipal engagement initiative.
40R SMART GROWTH SECOND COMMUNITY FORUM
At the second meeting on June 4, 2019, consultants Karan Sunnarborg and David Eisen identified three possible sites for 40R districts in the Town of Amherst. Community members evaluated each location with site selection criteria. Community members also identified other sites to explore.
40R Smart Growth First Community Forum
Representatives from MassHousing, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, and Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) attended the first community meeting on April 4, 2019 to provide information and answer questions on such issues as what is Chapter 40R smart growth zoning, how has this zoning tool been used in other comparable communities, and how could it potentially benefit Amherst.
Site Study, Conceptual Designs, and Cost Analysis by Kuhn Riddle Architects for the East Street School project. Summary report of November 1, 2018 Housing Forum included.
MassHousing Contract with Karen Sunnarborg for Development of 40R Smart Growth Overlay District
In 2019, The Town of Amherst received a Planning for Housing Production grant from MassHousing for and contracted consultant Karen Sunnarborg and Abacus Architects + Planners to analyze new zoning and affordable housing development opportunities to better promote a greater diversity of housing choices under smart growth principles through the creation of a 40R overlay district.
MassHousing Planning for Housing Production (HPP) Application
A grant application to MassHousing to support Trust initiatives such as feasibility analysis 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.
Fall Housing Forum Presentation
Presentation prepared for the November 1, 2018, Housing Forum by Dave Ziomek, John Hornik, Rita Farrel. Community members gathered to hear about the Trusts and specifically the East Street School project and participated in a brainstorming session facilitated by Trust and League of Women Voters (LWV).
Housing Trust Strategic Plan FY18-22
Produced with the assistance of consultant Jennifer Goldson this plan outlines 5-year goals for the Trust to pursue including: to foster the development of affordable housing, support homelessness prevention initiatives, and to expand the availability of direct housing assistance.
Working the Amherst Housing Puzzle: A Community Problem Solving Forum
About 60 people attended this forum to discuss the challenges faced by the Town in trying to increase its stock and diversity of affordable housing.
This study had 3 overarching goals:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity
Valley Community Development
Community Action Pioneer Valley
Look4Help Public Resource Directory was created in response to a community need for a centralized online tool to facilitate communication of available resources, service information, referrals, and a coordination of services.
The Look4Help website provides a free on-line searchable listing of supportive local resources, and includes detailed, up-to-date information about organizations and their programs. Look4Help lists the services of non-profit organizations, government agencies, health and human services, medical and mental health providers, and others.