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Committees: Hingham Affordable Housing Trust

Projects:

Request for Proposal & Qualifications: Design Plans, Specifications, and Permitting Services for Affordable Housing at the so-called Selectmen's Parcel. (6/16/2014)

80 Beal Street

Current Affordable Housing Opportunities:

Derby Brook Condominiums (PDF, 8MB)

Recommended Links

Hingham Housing Authority
Department of Housing and Community Development
MassHousing
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Citizens' Housing and Planning Assn (CHAPA)
Society of Saint Vincent De Paul
Wellspring Multi-Service Center

Affordable Housing Trust

The Hingham Affordable Housing Trust Fund aims to further the following goals:

  • The Trust seeks to preserve affordable housing through a variety of means which will benefit both current homeowners and potential new residents.
  • The Trust will propose, support and develop affordable housing that contributes positively to the character of the town, considering both Hingham’s history and its future.
  • The Trust will engage in education and advocacy with the goal of promoting the diversity of Hingham’s population.

Please see Article 39 of the Hingham Town By-Laws for information about the Hingham Affordable Housing Trust.


2013 Annual Report

The Hingham Affordable Housing Trust was created by a Town Warrant Article in 2007. The Trust is one of several state-authorized affordable housing trusts that work with Massachusetts and Town agencies to preserve existing housing opportunities and increase future housing for low and moderate-income persons. Increasing the stock of affordable housing benefits many different constituencies, including Town employees without the resources to live in the Town they serve, older Hingham residents on fixed incomes, former residents seeking to return to Town, young adults raised in Hingham but unable to afford a Hingham residence, and other persons with a stake in the community and a desire to live in it. To this end, the Trust co-sponsored the 2008 article that authorized the Town's purchase of Lincoln School Apartments. The Trust is the sole member of LSA, LLC, and appoints two members to the Board of Managers.

The Trustees are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and include one member of that Board. The Trust has a range of powers, including the power to receive money and property and to undertake projects to improve affordable housing opportunities in Hingham. The Trust's mission statement is as follows:
• The Trust seeks to preserve affordable housing through a variety of means which will benefit both current and potential new residents.
• The Trust will propose, support and develop affordable housing that contributes positively to the character of the town, considering both Hingham's history and its future.
• The Trust will engage in education and advocacy with the goal of promoting the diversity of Hingham's population.
This past year the Trust sold the property at 80 Beal Street to a developer thereby assuring the Town of the creation of two (2) affordable housing units in 2014. Looking forward to 2014, the Trust is working on the development of the Selectmen's Parcel that abuts Bare Cove Park. Town Meeting instructed the trustees to create an additional twenty to forty affordable units on the property, including a mix of incomes. The Trust has issued an RFP for design, engineering, and permitting services for this property.
The Trust anticipates submitting and obtaining approval for a LIP application, a Local Initiative Program Application from the state, including a request for a local preference. With the approval of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Trust will proceed to work with the Town Boards to assure a quality development.

We are pleased to report that Lincoln School Apartments has maintained high occupancy with little turnover. It has undergone the required inspections by HUD and received excellent grades. Anticipated upgrades to the air conditioning and the elevator will be addressed in 2014.

The Trust appreciates the cooperation of the Board of Selectmen, the Community Preservation Committee, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as other Town boards and officials. The Trust also appreciates input and assistance from Town citizens, all of whom are welcome to attend its meetings. Please visit the link to our website at the Town of Hingham at http://hingham-ma.gov.

Tim White, Chair
Irma Lauter
Kevin Connelly
Susan Crowley
Patrick Gaughen
Dan Jacobson
Nancy Kerber
Rev. Gary Ludwig
Peter Vanderweil
Necia O'Neill, Administrative Secretary


 

Board of Trustees (Appt. By Selectmen, ART 21 ATM 2007)
Term Expires
Susan Crowley 2014
Laura Burns 2014
Rev. Gary Ludwig 2012
Nancy Kerber 2014
Kevin Connelly 2014
Daniel Jacobson 2013
James O´Brien 2013
Timothy White 2013