CPA MINUTES:

Kerry Donahue
Housing Partnership Committee Chair Kerry Donahue on CPA and affordable housing.

CPA MINUTE: Kerry Donahue on Affordable Housing

“Hi, I’m Kerry Donahue, and I’m the Chair of the Burlington Housing Partnership Committee.

 
One of the biggest challenges facing our town right now is housing affordability. Young families are finding it harder than ever to afford a home, to rent or to buy, and many of our seniors would like to downsize but there’s nowhere for them to downsize to.
 
We could use CPA funding to address our housing affordability problem in many ways: For instance, we could convert an existing building to affordable housing, the way the town of Beverly did at Harborlight House, which created 30 new units for low-income seniors.
 
We could build affordable workforce housing, as Wayland did when they built The Residences at Oxbow, which included 16 units of workforce housing.
 
We could work with developers to designate affordable rental units in larger developments, like Lincoln did at Oriole Landing.
 
We could fund a downpayment assistance program like North Andover, giving grants to first-time homebuyers with strong ties to the community.
 
And we could prevent more of our smaller homes from being torn down, by purchasing them and converting them into rental properties, the way the town of Eastham has.
 
There are many other programs and affordable housing possibilities that CPA funds could be used for, so I encourage you to vote Yes on CPA on November 8.”

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