Because of the Town’s past inability to create enough community housing, the project can move forward through a State approval process with minimal oversight by the Town. The Board of Selectman is hoping to make the process “friendly” and to negotiate some aspects of the project; and has asked The Manchester Affordable Housing Trust for its comments.
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In August, the Manchester Housing Authority (MHA) and the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) hired a housing development advisory consultant to evaluate the existing MHA properties and assess opportunities and alternatives for renovation and perhaps expansion.
On Monday, August 10, starting at 6:30 p.m., our land management boards along with the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee are meeting together (virtually, of course!) to review the status of various land planning initiatives as well as to participate in a workshop on the 40B process. As always, the public can listen in as well – dial and login information can be found on the agenda posting for the meeting.
It is no secret that Manchester faces a huge shortage of affordable housing. Of the roughly 2,300 housing units in Manchester, only 110 are listed on the state’s inventory of subsidized units, less than five percent of the total number. Of these, 84 units are owned and managed by the Manchester Housing Authority (MHA).
The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development has initiated a pilot program that aims to attract private dollars in the renovation of buildings owned by housing authorities. The MHA board voted unanimously to pursue this new possibility.