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CPA Proposals and Projects

Covid-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program 

 

Location: Citywide

 

Goals:

To provide short-term rental and mortgage payment assistance to Newton households who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The program will pay for up to 70% of a household's monthly rent or mortgage payments (up to $2,500 per month, $7,500 over three months) for households who are below 100% AMI. The program is anticipated to assist at least 300 households. While the program is primarily focused on rental assistance, it may also provide mortgage assistance to households who own existing affordable deed-restricted units.

 

Funding:

Total CPA Funding Appropriated for Rental and Mortgage Assistance

for households below 100% Area Median Income (AMI)

  $2,000,000 

 Total of Federal CARES Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Funds allocated to the program for Rental and Mortgage Assistance for

households below 80% Area Median Income (AMI)

 

$500,000

 

 

Total Program Funding  $2,500,000
 

contacts:

Amanda Berman, Director of Housing & Community Development

Planning and Development Department

1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02459

aberman@newtonma.gov 617.796.1147

Barney Heath, Director 

Planning and Development Department

1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02459

bheath@newtonma.gov 617.796.1120

Jennifer Van Campen, Executive Director 

Metro West Collaborative Development

79-B Chapel Street

Newton, MA 02458

jvc@metrowestcd.org 617.923.3505

 

Funding Process

April 14, 2020  - Pre-Proposal Presentation to the CPC 

April 27, 2020 - Full Proposal submitted for CPC review at joint public hearing on Monday, May 4, with the Planning and Development Board. The Full Proposal includes the following:

April 30, 2020 - Public Comment Received to date (Updated with additional Comments on 5/4/20)

May 4, 2020 - Project Presentation given at the joint meeting of the CPC and Planning Board. The CPC recommended approval of the project with revisions.

May 11, 2020 - City Council "Council of the Whole" to meet and review the CPC Recommendation and the following updated materials:

May 18, 2020 - City Council "Council of the Whole" approves $2 million in CPA funding for the project in Council Order #250-20(A). The following updated materials were submitted to the Council for this meeting:

June 5, 2020 - City of Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program Update

June 26, 2020 - City of Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program Update

July 31, 2020 - City of Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program Update

September 1, 2020 - Emergency Housing Relief Program Memo submitted to CPC requesting to extend length of funding from three to six months. The CPC reviewed and approved the project change at their September 15, 2020 meeting.

 Additional Information

The Community Preservation Coalition and Massachusetts Housing Partnership have developed Emergency Rental Assistance Program guidance documents for CPA programs statewide to use when considering these programs. 

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