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What do you see are Westborough's most important housing needs?

Not only do we need affordable housing for young families, but also to allow our seniors to continue to live in the community we all love. Affordable housing will further enrich our town.

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The desire to ensure seniors can afford to remain in town is a clear priority for the Town, as reflected in the feedback from residents.

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We need some sort of rent control for our seniors. They are being pushed out of their homes or apt do to rent increases. They get a raise in SS of maybe 20 dollars and their rent comes up 60 to 100. Not... Read more...

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What else do you, as a valuable community member, want us to know?

I have worked with affordable housing in Westborough for 25+ years on the Housing Partnership, and have seen McMansions crowd out homes for work force and young families. We need a diverse community, welcome... Read more...

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Thank you for your work and commitment to the town! You make an excellent observation that we must have affordable housing options for our workforce and young families.

The mission of the Westborough... Read more...

What do you see are Westborough's most important housing needs?

Housing units for low and middle income families. We need to keep the long term residents but be able to attract new / young families.

5 supporters

The focus of the Trust is to create, support, maintain, and preserve housing for low and moderate income households. In addition to subsidized affordable housing, the Trust can participate in programs... Read more...

What housing types will best serve the needs seniors, millennials, young families, & empty-nesters (own/rental; size; location; amenities; etc.)?

There is a need for accessible, low income housing for younger adults with disability.

4 supporters

Great feedback! We will include accessible housing in our planning.

What housing types will best serve the needs seniors, millennials, young families, & empty-nesters (own/rental; size; location; amenities; etc.)?

I’ve always thought we needed more smaller homes-a 1 floor cape with basement maybe There is definitely a need for more 2 bedroom AFFORDABLE homes I think there are plenty of HOA neighborhoods that can... Read more...

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We have received several comments that having more smaller homes in town can help our housing diversity and affordability. We will share this feedback with the Master Plan Advisory Committee's Subcommittee... Read more...

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What do you see are Westborough's most important housing needs?

Many people want to live in Westborough but say they can't afford it. And some leave because the cost of staying in their current home or apartment or condo becomes too high. I look forward to seeing how... Read more...

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Because the Trust can participate in programs that help households with incomes between 30% and 130% of our area median income, the Trust can help ensure a wide range of affordability.

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What do you see are Westborough's most important housing needs?

I think that it's important for people from all walks of life to be able to live in Westborough and part of our evolving culture. Like much of the area, Westborough used to be very homogenous from an ethnic... Read more...

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Great insight. We are gathering and will publish information about the changing ethnic diversity in our community in addition to the economic data.

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What housing types will best serve the needs seniors, millennials, young families, & empty-nesters (own/rental; size; location; amenities; etc.)?

There needs to be housing for people with psych issues and mental impairments with supervision... just putting them into elder housing isn’t fair to them or the other residents.

3 supporters

Thank you for this suggestion. Supportive housing should be considered based on the needs of our community.

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What do you see are Westborough's most important housing needs?

Affordability

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What questions do you have about affordable housing or about creating the Westborough Affordable Housing Trust?

Keep historical homes updated. Help Families and Seniors by supporting Affordable Housing in Westboro,Mass

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The research of our Working Group identifies needs senior and workforce housing affordability. The Westborough Affordable Housing Trust will be able to identify projects and programs to help with both... Read more...

We want our efforts to help our community. How do you think improving housing affordability will benefit our community?

To my mind, affordability leads to diversity. While Westborough is a close-knit community, we are welcoming to all people (or at least I want to think that we are or that we are all working towards this... Read more...

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One of the positive benefits of broader housing affordability is support for a more cultural and economic diversity. In the FAQs, we have links to articles and studies that discuss the positive impact.... Read more...

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What else do you, as a valuable community member, want us to know?

It would be helpful to do the math and provide more tangible numbers regarding affordable housing. Specifically, if one is earning 80% of the median income, using average interest rates, 20% down payment,... Read more...

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Rent is considered "affordable" when the rent plus utilities is less than 30% of the household Gross Income. In Worcester County, the Average Median Income for a family of four is $85,600. If your household... Read more...

What questions do you have about affordable housing or about creating the Westborough Affordable Housing Trust?

Instead of relying on new developments or apartment complexes for Affordable housing, can the town buy existing homes for sale and leverage them? Then we won't have an impact to schools, or traffic and... Read more...

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Yes! The Affordable Housing Trust will be able to repurpose existing housing units as affordable. It is often a cost-effective way to meet the housing needs of the community.

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What housing types will best serve the needs seniors, millennials, young families, & empty-nesters (own/rental; size; location; amenities; etc.)?

I am fortunate to have purchased an affordable unit (40B) here in one of Westborough’s 55+ developments. My unit is ~ 1,500 sq. feet and provides enough room for family to visit and I also have room to... Read more...

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It is great to hear a success story about how access to affordable housing been good for your quality of life and your financial security.

What housing types will best serve the needs seniors, millennials, young families, & empty-nesters (own/rental; size; location; amenities; etc.)?

Tiny Houses or < 1000 sq ft homes - probably 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Intentional communities built around communal shared spaces (green space, community garden, community shed, etc.). Prefer ownership over... Read more...

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Great suggestion. We have shared your suggestions with the Master Plan Advisory Committee's Housing Subcommittee as well. Tiny Houses may be able to play a role in our community for affordability and sustainability.

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