Posted onOctober 27, 2022|Comments Off on Housing for Adults with DD/IDD – Survey Available
From Newton Thompson of the Affordable Housing Trust –
The Medfield Affordable Housing Trust was created by Town Meeting approval in 2017 for the purpose of preserving and creating affordable and community housing in the Town of Medfield for the benefit of low and moderate income households.
To that end, one of the Trust’s outstanding goals is to foster and support the creation of housing for local adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (DD/IDD). To help achieve that goal, the Trust members have recently engaged a consultant, Cathy Boyle, President of Autism Housing Pathways, to advise the Trust on the level of need and interest for such housing in the Medfield area.
In order to determine local need and interest, a survey has been prepared by Autism Housing Pathways (“AHP”). If you have interest in such housing in the next few years, please contact Cathy Boyle at AHPhousing@comcast.net by November 11th for access to the survey.
Based on the survey response, the consultant will conduct up to 3 respondent focus groups (which may be done virtually) to discuss housing options.
We greatly appreciate your help in this important Town initiative.
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Hi all – Local preference opportunities exist for the first lease-up so please spread the word that the lottery for affordable units starts August 17th with applications due 10/17/22. All questions about units, qualifications, and financials should be directed to the lottery consultant.
For Lottery Information and Applications go to www.sebhousing.com or call (617) 782-6900×1 and leave a message
Affordable Housing Lottery – Aura
Aura at Medfield is a brand-new, 56 unit rental apartment community located in Medfield at 50 Peter Kristof Way. There will be 14 affordable apartments ready for occupancy starting in the Summer of 2022. All affordable apartments will be rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income through this application process. Apartments feature wood-inspired flooring, in-unit laundry, and large walk-in closets. Kitchens offer stainless steel appliances and center islands with quartz countertops. Building amenities include a large entertainment lounge, a communal office area, fitness facility, and a yoga studio. Outdoor amenities include a deck with gas grills, a pizza oven, putting green, and fire pits, as well as an indoor dog washing station and outdoor off-lease play area. The building consists of four floors and has an elevator.
14 units available:
Eight 1 Bedrooms @ $1,908
Five 2 Bedrooms @ $2,104
One 3 Bedroom @ $2,290
*Rents subject to change in 2023. Rents include the cost of hot water. Tenants are responsible for the cost of all other utilities. There is parking on site.
MAXIMUM Household Income Limits
$78,300 (1 person)
$89,500 (2 people)
$100,700 (3 people)
$111,850 (4 people)
$120,800 (5 people)
$129,750 (6 people)
Application Deadline: October 17, 2022
Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be delivered, or postmarked, by 2 pm on this date.
Applications postmarked by the deadline must be received no later than 5 business days from the deadline.
Public Info Session: September 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm via Zoom
Go to Zoom.com, Join, or call (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 818 9317 7595, Passcode: 088159
Lottery: October 27, 2022 at 6:00pm via Zoom
Go to Zoom.com, Join, or call (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 857 2736 5609, Passcode: 276410.
For Lottery Information and Applications, or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, go to www.sebhousing.com or call (617) 782-6900×1 and leave a message or postal mail SEB Housing, 257 Hillside Ave, Needham MA 02494. For TTY Services dial 711. Free translation available. Traducción gratuita disponible.
This is from the METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL’s (MAPC) monthly newsletter that came today, and contains great information on accessory dwelling units (ADU). I think ADU’s make sense for Medfield as a way to both create the small housing units that are missing from our current housing stock, while also likely reducing our property taxes.
It would require a zoning change, but if implemented, it would add a lot of wealth to current home owners by effectively creating a new buildable lot on their existing property next to their home, all at little cost to the town because the owner builds the ADU. If the ADU’s are limited to a small enough size, they will not likely be suitable for families, so will mainly be occupied by single individuals or couples. However, ADU’s would increase density, so the town would need to decide whether it wants the increased density that the ADU’s would cause.
The ADU’s would be built by each property owner, so no cost there for the town to have the ADU’s appear. The town would just need to open the door to the ADU’s by changing our existing zoning.
The Town of Medfield’s special town meeting (STM) is Tuesday, June 21 at 6 PM at the Medfield High School to consider whether the town should proceed with the Trinity Financial proposal for the development of the former Medfield State Hospital site.
FIRST IS THE FOLLOWING FROM THE TOWN WEBSITE, FOLLOWED BY A LETTER FROM THE MODERATOR:
2022 Special Town Meeting
The Medfield Board of Selectmen called a Special Town Meeting for Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00PM in the Medfield High School Gymnasium (an outside location will also be available) for a vote on the proposed Medfield State Hospital redevelopment.
Last Day to Register to Vote at the Special Town Meeting: Friday, June 10, 2022 by 8:00 PM.
Medfield, MA Rockport Mortgage has closed a $21.3 million, HUD Section 223(f) refinance loan. The transaction will preserve affordability of 82 out of the 103 units at the rental housing development for 30 years.
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The Town of Medfield’s Housing Production Plan needs to be keep up to date for the town to keep its current on its affordable housing plans, and also to keep its 40B safe harbor status. The town has a new draft of the Housing Production Plan that Sarah Raposa, Town Planner shared last week via an email.
I personally think the town should explore rezoning to permit accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) – small extra units on existing lots.
The draft of the Housing Production plan is available for public review and will be presented on September 21, 2021 to the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Affordable Housing Trust and the public is invited to attend or view via zoom or Medfield TV.
The Plan will subsequently need to be adopted by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board and sent to DHCD for final approval.
Posted onAugust 22, 2021|Comments Off on 2020 census shows town’s SHI down to 9.1% from 9.6% – i.e. 41 more affordable housing units needed to get to 10% safe harbor
Email yesterday from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, shared the 2020 census figures on the number of dwellings in the Town of Medfield (4,450), meaning that the town is now 41 affordable units short of the 10% Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) goal that provides safe harbor from unfriendly 40B projects. –
Hi all – Our HPP consultants were able to pull out our 2020 census year round housing units from the recently released redistricting data. With that we fell from 9.6% to 9.1%.
Just a reminder that the AHT and PB are reviewing the draft HPP update now and we have a joint AHT/PB/BoS presentation penciled in for Sept 21 (to be confirmed later).
Sarah Raposa, AICP Town Planner 459 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052 (508) 906-3027 firstname.lastname@example.org
We did some digging into the 2020 Census redistricting data and pulled out the new population and housing numbers for each municipality in Massachusetts. Although we cannot provide official Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) figures – DHCD will be able to give you this information at some point – we know our clients are eagerly awaiting the 2020 Census data to understand how they stand on the SHI and wanted to give you a sneak peek at this initial data release.
Jenn asked me to share the following statistics for Medfield – please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Total Population (2020)
Year-round Housing Units (2020)
Occupied Units (2020)
% Occupied (2020)
Vacant Units (2020)
% Vacant (2020)
Year-round Housing Units (2010)
SHI Units (as of 12/2020)
% Subsidized (2010)
% Subsidized (2020)
We hope you find this information useful and look forward to continuing our work together!
The Division of Local Services (DLS) newsletter had the following article about the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) base state matching monies coming in this year at 28.6% for the 3% CPA communities.
Medfield residents continue to pay in to fund the state payments to other towns, because Medfield has not adopted the CPA – i.e Medfield is leaving free state monies on the table. See https://www.communitypreservation.org/ for information.
The map below shows all the communities that have adopted the Community Preservation Act, including those recently adopted.
FY2021 Community Preservation State Match Distributed Donnette Benvenuto and Lisa Krzywicki – Data Analytics and Resources Bureau
On November 13th, the Data Analytics and Resources Bureau (DARB) distributed the FY2021 state match of Community Preservation (CPA) funds. The CPA trust fund receives revenues from surcharges on documents filed at the Registry of Deeds. Effective January 1, 2020 the registry of deeds increased fees on most documents from $20 to $50 and on municipal lien certificates from $10 to $25. In FY2021, there are 176 communities eligible for the CPA state match and as of November, the CPA state trust fund recorded revenues totaling $61.1 million.
Of the 176 communities eligible, 76 have adopted the surcharge at the maximum 3% making them eligible for base distribution match of 28.6% of the local CPA surcharge committed. They are also eligible for the 2nd round distribution (equity) and 3rd round distribution (surplus), which can result in an increased percentage match, up to 100%. The remaining 100 communities that did not adopt the CPA at 3% are only eligible for the first-round match of 28.6% of the local CPA surcharge committed.
Number of communities eligible for the FY2021 state match by percentage adopted:
The full distribution breakdown and decile ranking by community can be found here on the DLS website.
On the November 3rd ballot an additional 9 communities voted and approved the CPA and West Stockbridge adopted it earlier in the year. Municipal Clerks in these communities are reminded to send in the Specimen ballot, results and notification of acceptance form to DARB at email@example.com as soon as possible.
List of additional communities and percentage adopted eligible for the FY2022 CPA state match in November of 2022:
Posted onAugust 7, 2020|Comments Off on Looking for local qualified family to own a $282,920 home
Email today from Sarah Raposa –
The lottery for the house at 4 John Crowder Road has ended with no potential buyers so it will now be sold to a qualified buyer on a first come first served basis. We were hoping to find a local family so now it will open up to a more regional applicant pool. Please still forward this updated application to your networks in case there is a local family, teacher, or public safety employee that can qualify.
Sarah Raposa, AICP Town Planner 459 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052 (508) 906-3027 firstname.lastname@example.org
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield select board member. I thought that my fellow Medfield residents would also find that information interesting and useful as well. This blog is my effort to assist in creating a system to push the information out from the Town House to residents. Let me know if you have any thoughts on how it can be done better.
For information on my other job as an attorney (personal injury, civil litigation, estate planning and administration, and real estate), please feel free to contact me at 617-969-1500 or Osler.Peterson@OslerPeterson.com.