Friday, October 29, 1999
Excerpts from affordable housing forum
On April 21 at Town Hall, at an information forum, Kate Racer, an associate director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Edith Fruscione, chairman of the Concord Housing Authority (CHA), and Marshall Derby, chairman of the Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB) emphasized the benefits of strong partnerships between towns and developers.
Racer firmly stated that in cases where no local agreement is reached and an Local Initiative Program (LIP) developer appeals to the DHCD, her agency will more likely side with the town if a clear commitment to develop affordable housing has been made and progress is underway. She added, however, "Towns with a record of resisting all approaches to affordable housing development should not expect help from the state in such cases. In the eyes of the state, you don't have to be at ten percent. If you're making a good-faith effort, we'll pay attention."
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