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Committees: Hingham Affordable Housing Trust

Projects:

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.


2012 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.

The Trust was advised in mid 2009 that the Amego property at 80 Beal Street was for sale. This site was a former group home and includes approximately three acres of land abutting the selectmen’s parcel on Beal Street. A joint decision by the selectmen and the Trust was made to purchase this property to develop affordable housing. The Trust issued an RFP for design, engineering and permitting services for this property. A Hingham firm, Strekalovsky Architects was awarded the contract. 

The Trust submitted and obtained 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 Development the Trust submitted a 40B application with the Zoning Board of Appeals to develop the site.  The ZBA approved the 40B application.  The Trust then issued an RFP to develop the project and selected a developer.  A purchase and sale agreement was signed and the Trust anticipates a closing early in 2013.

 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.  Finally the Trust regretfully accepted the resignation of long time member and former chair Jim O’Brien, whose commitment and passion the Trust will miss immensely.  Please visit the link to our website at the Town of Hingham at http://hingham-ma.gov.

Tim White, Chair                        Laura Burns

Kevin Connelly                          Susan Crowley

Patrick Gaughen                       Rev. Gary Ludwig

Nancy Kerber                            Peter Vanderweil

Dan Jacobson                           

                       

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