Affordable Housing Trust

Members
The trustees appointed by the Board of Selectmen are:
  • Van Ellet
  • Ruth Harrison
  • Stanley Parese
  • Anne O'Connor
  • Thomas Sheldon
  • Patrick Quinn
  • Liz Costley
Email sent to Affordable Housing Trust will be received by all members.

Formation
The Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, as authorized by Massachusetts General Laws chapter 44, Section 55C, was established by Article 22 of the May 15, 2012 Annual Town Meeting (PDF). A town may appropriate funds from the Community Preservation Fund to an affordable housing trust, as authorized by Mass. Gen. Laws chapter 44B, Section 5(f). The Trust was initially funded by Article 23 (PDF) with a $200,000 appropriation from the Community Preservation Fund.

Purpose
The purpose of the Williamstown Affordable Housing trust shall be to provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Williamstown for the benefit of low and moderate income households.

Deceleration of Trust
The Declaration of Trust was approved by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund trustees at their meeting of December 5, 2012, as authorized by the Code of Williamstown, Chapter 6, Section 6-14, which was adopted by Article 22 of the May 15, 2012 Annual Town Meeting (PDF). The declaration of Trust is recorded at the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds at Book 1501, Page 747.
AHT Action Plan
The AHT Action Plan was adopted by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund trustees at their meeting of November 7, 2012.
Richard L. DeMayo Mortgage Assistance Program
The Trust approved updated guidelines for the Mortgage Assistance Program (PDF) at their September 9, 2015 meeting.