Affordable Housing Trust

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members
  • Sarah Like Rhatigan, Chair
    Term expires: September 13, 2016
  • Glenn C. Cardozo, Jr.
    Term expires: July 1, 2016
  • Susananne Haber
    Term expires: July 1, 2016

  • Michael J. Price
    Term expires: September 13, 2015
  • Elizabeth Valenta
    Term expires: July 1, 2017
  • Douglas P. Gillespie, Board of Selectmen Representative
    Term expires: September 13, 2016
Overview
Approved at the 2011 Annual Town Meeting, the Weston Affordable Housing Trust was originally recommended by the Housing Partnership after reviewing a town-sponsored survey, meeting with consultants, and considering the positive experience of other towns in the development of affordable and moderately priced housing.

Polices & Preferences
The Housing Partnership has also developed a list of Policies and Preferences for Affordable Housing (PDF) in Weston that was unanimously approved by the Selectmen and by the Community Preservation Committee when they recently endorsed the establishment of a Weston Affordable Housing Trust as recommended by the Housing Partnership.

Purpose
The Affordable Housing Trust is a separate legal entity, operated by Trustees appointed by the Selectmen, to work with the Selectmen and other town committees to seize market opportunities and take other initiatives to preserve and increase moderate and low-income housing consistent with the town’s interests and the previously mentioned Policies and Preferences for Affordable Housing (PDF).

Responsibilities
The Trustees will be required to advise the Selectmen before making any significant financial commitment, but will be able to acquire property by gift or purchase, borrow funds if necessary, and renovate and lease or sell property for affordable housing without need for a Town Meeting vote for each particular project.

Use of Funds

Any use of Community Preservation Act funds or other Town funds to support the activities of the Affordable Housing Trust will require the approval of a Town Meeting.

Contact Information
For more information, email or call 781-786-5020.