Defend Affordable Housing at April 30 Town Meeting

by Carlisle citizen, CRTA member, and Affordable Housing leader and advocate Mark Levitan

Affordable Housing is under attack in Carlisle and the Carlisle Housing Authority seriously needs your help at the upcoming April 30, 2018, Carlisle Annual Town Meeting if we hope to increase the economic and social diversity of our Town. Our children deserve to grow up in a community more representative of the world they will live and work in, and our seniors need more options to stay in town.

Please join us in pledging to attend Town Meeting on April 30 at 7 p.m. and add your name to the following petition, by clicking here. Be sure your spouse or significant other attends, too!

“We, the undersigned citizens of Carlisle, support the Carlisle Housing Authority's planned Amendment at Town Meeting on April 30, 2018, to restore funding for a half-time Affordable Housing Coordinator, which has been zeroed out in the Board of Selectmen's FY 2019 Budget proposal.

“Professional staffing is essential in the complex, highly regulated field of Affordable Housing, which involves federal, state, and local housing and non-discrimination laws, a myriad of development and financial requirements, and substantial demographic and economic variables. Expert housing staff is also vital for the development of Carlisle's 2020 Housing Production Plan and the upcoming Master Plan project.

“A Housing Coordinator is fundamental to any hope of creating greater housing diversity for our seniors, for people who work in Town, and for other hard-working people of moderate income. The Amendment will reduce the current hours from 24 to 18.75 per week and reduce funding by over $10,000.”

Click here to sign the petition

For the first time ever, our Board of Selectmen has proposed a Budget that would eliminate all current staffing for an independently elected Carlisle board. The Housing Authority will be offering an amendment at Town Meeting to restore most of the funding. Our amendment will also appropriate the money directly to the Carlisle Housing Authority instead of the Selectmen (similar to how the staffs of the Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Planning Board, and other Carlisle government boards are managed).

The citizen volunteers who are elected to serve on the Housing Authority are committed to expanding the supply of affordable and diverse housing options in Carlisle. However, none of the CHA board members have a technical background in housing, so we depend on professional staff.

Click for more detail on why having a Housing Coordinator is important to Carlisle.

Candidating with Jeff Ballinger, Leonard Golder, and Rick Green on April 12, 2018

Candiating with Alexandra Chandler, Dan Koh, Patrick Littlefield, Bopha Malone on March 23, 2018

Carlisle Rising at Massachusetts Indivisible Conference, November 2017

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