Housing And Community Preservation Committee

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NORTHAMPTON HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT Mary Clare Higgins, Mayor Prepared by the Northampton Housing Partnership Gordon Shaw, Chair Lynne Wallace, Vice Chair Martha Ackelsberg Northampton Housing Needs Assessment 1 Maureen Carney Margaret Murray Richard Abuza Betsy Siersma Technical support from Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Development, Peg Keller, Housing and Community Development Senior Planner, and Teri Anderson, Director of Community and Economic Dev. Karen Sunnarborg, Consultant Substantial component of a Strategic Housing Plan Serves as a local resource/reference on wide range of housing issues including characteristics, trends, market conditions, resources and priority needs Assists the Community Preservation Committee in…show more content…
Northampton Housing Needs Assessment 4 area median income with housing costs of no more than 30% of income. Community housing: Affordable to households earning at or below 100% of area median income. Workforce housing: Affordable to households earning between 80% and 120% of area median income What housing is “affordable” in Northampton? Of the 12,282 year-round housing units, 1,452 units or 11.8% are currently included in the state’s Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI). Also, 93 units are eligible for inclusion, bringing the percentage to 12.7% (10.9% without Hathaway Farms). Planned development should push Northampton Northampton Housing Needs Assessment 5 beyond 12%. The number of affordable units needed will increase over time based on housing growth, projected to be almost 13,000 for the next census. Expiring affordability restrictions threaten to eliminate some units from SHI in the future. Level of Affordability – Northampton and Neighbors Level of Affordable Housing 11.10% 13.20% 11.80% 7.90% 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 Percent Affordable Housing Northampton Housing Needs Assessment 6 6.70% 3.30% 0.00% 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 Amherst/1,016 Easthampton/471 Hadley/257 Hatfield/47 Narthampton/1,252 Westhampton/0 Williamsburg/83 Community/Number of Affordable Units Percent Affordable Housing Demographic Profile Population stability with small recent declines in population and slow future growth
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