The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the town's five-year housing plan.
Town planning announced that the new plan replaces the town’s 2016 housing effort, which expired last fall. Informed by data, research and community engagement, the plan shares a vision and specific ways that Arlington can lead on providing housing options for a range of people.
The plan includes a comprehensive housing needs assessment, affordable housing goals and outlines strategies for how to achieve those goals through policy and zoning changes, new programs and funding sources.
Watch ACMi's video of Jillian Harvey providing an update:
Jillian Harvey, town director of diversity, equity and inclusion, reports that the town's new community-engagement coordinator has come on board and the Mass. Coalition DEI Guide she co-authored is available.
She also provides recaps on recent DEI events, plus looks forward to future ones.
This news announcement was published Saturday, June 18, 2022.
The Massachusetts Housing Partnership has honored Jennifer Raitt with one of its Housing Hero Awards for her dedication to affordable and fair housing during her many years of public service and for the last six years with the Town of Arlington.
Raitt received the award June 8 in a virtual awards ceremony at MHP’s 15th Housing Institute, a two-day training conference for local officials and volunteers. MHP is a state organization that uses bank funds and other capital sources to support and finance affordable housing. Each year, it recognizes communities and individuals for excellence in affordable housing.
“Your expertise in both housing policy and planning are key to move housing forward in ways that strive to repair past and present harms,” said Laura Shufelt, MHP’s community assistance director, in a June 15 news release
“We have always seen you as a leading voice on fair housing, and people like you are crucial as we move forward efforts to build homes for people in Massachusetts and around the country.”
Raitt has spent most of her career in planning and community development, including six years for the Town of Amesbury, nine years at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and her most recent stint as Arlington’s planning and community development director.
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