This project was canceled in March 2009. See "Project News" below.
Provide grants or forgiveable loans to Newton homeowners who create long-term affordable housing by adding legal accessory apartments within the footprint of an existing home, or bringing existing an accessory apartment up to current code. Maximum funding: $90,000 for each of 3 accessory apartments.
|$320,550||CPA funds appropriated|
|$274,134||funds returned unspent|
|$46,416||spent on project management|
Housing Programs Manager
Planning & Development Department
City of Newton
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton Centre, MA 02459
30 November 2005 - proposal
31 January 2006 - CPC funding recommendation
6 March 2006 - Board order (appropriation)
22 October 2007 - proposal to extend pilot phase by reallocating limited funds from grants to program administration and outreach; no new funds requested
7 December 2007 - CPC recommendation
19 February 2008 - Board order approving reallocation of remaining available funds
March 2009 - When project sponsor and manager Community Living Network closed its doors as an independent nonprofit organization, the CPC and Planning Dept. agreed to end the project. The Planning Dept. will evaluate the project's experience and in the future may propose another program with similar goals.
Summary of project work and outcomes - After extensive community outreach and consultation with potential applicants, no homeowners who met the program's income requirements andwhose properties also met the program's zoning and permitting requirementsrequested grants to create permanently affordable accessory apartments.