City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190214
Work Completed
Dec 20, 2011 7:00 PM

II.4 That this Board seeks input from stakeholders and the city on how this Board can work with the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee, the Somerville Community Corporation, the Somerville Housing Authority, and others to promote affordable housing initiatives citywide, particularly permanent housing for formerly homeless families.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Six Alderman Rebekah L. Gewirtz, Ward Three Alderman Thomas F. Taylor, Alderman At Large Dennis M. Sullivan, Alderman At Large John M. Connolly, Ward Seven Alderman Robert C. Trane, Ward Five Alderman Sean T. O’Donovan, Ward Four Alderman Walter F. Pero, Alderman At Large William A. White Jr., Ward One Alderman William M. Roche
Category:ResolutionFunctions:Resolution

Body

That this Board of Aldermen hereby seeks input from stakeholders, and the city, on how the Board of Aldermen can work collaboratively with the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC), the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC), the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA), and others to promote affordable housing and other housing initiatives throughout the city, and in particular, permanent housing for formerly homeless families.

 

Meeting History

Oct 14, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting

Amendment: The Approved text is above, deleting a reference to 162 Highland Avenue and adding the Housing Authority to the Resolution.

RESULT:APPROVED AS AMENDED
Nov 29, 2010 6:30 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

Alderman Taylor spoke about the need for a master plan for affordable housing. Mr. Ercolini stated that the city has a plan and he discussed areas of opportunity, future goals and organizations that are interested in working with the comprehensive plan. Chairman Gewirtz noted that the Administration is suggesting a slowdown, so as not to interfere with the comprehensive plan, however, she would like to move this issue forward. Residents spoke about the political will to move forward and asked that the Zoning and Planning Boards acknowledge that affordable housing is a priority. A suggestion was made that affordable housing be statutory and that it be a criteria for development. Gentrification and anti-displacement strategies were discussed along with inclusionary zoning and linkage fees. Alderman Pero suggested that the Law Department draft legislation on this matter for referral to the Legislative Matters Committee.

Alderman Pero’s motion that the City Clerk forward a copy of Item 190214 to the Housing Committee of the Comprehensive Planning group to make them aware that the Board of Aldermen is also working on this matter and to request that the Housing Committee of the Comprehensive Planning group keep this Board, and its Committee on Housing and Community Development, apprised of its work, was approved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 12/14/2011 7:30 PM
Dec 13, 2010 6:30 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

The committee discussed linkage and inclusionary zoning as they relate to affordable housing and Mr. Ercolini discussed the city's efforts to promote affordable housing.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 12/14/2011 7:30 PM
Dec 14, 2011 7:30 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. LeWinter spoke about her department's plans and informed the committee that the city will receive 44% less funding for this department, next year.

Alderman Gewirtz's motion that the Committee on Housing and Community Development be informed of the impact of cuts to the city's Housing Department, was approved.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Dec 20, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED