MHP created this guide in 2018. Local Action Units (LAUs) are affordable housing units created as a result of an intentional action taken by a community, without a comprehensive permit, and which meet the requirements for inclusion on the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI). The goals of this document are: 1) to describe methods that communities are using to create LAUs; 2) provide technical guidance on how communities can ensure that all LAUs are affordable and will be eligible for inclusion on the SHI, and 3) outline requirements and best practices for ongoing compliance monitoring.
This is a 2018 update of a 2013 publication on how to envision, shape, get support and succeed with your community's local housing trust. Here's what to look for in this new edition:
- Important changes to the statute
- More and varied examples of trust activities and resources
- Additional information about trust activities and best practices.
For its 2005 guidebook on developing housing on public land, MHP commissioned housing consultant John Ryan to produce a useful checklist of what needs to be done to develop affordable housing on public land.
Published in 2004, MHP created this guide to help community members effectively organize a housing partnership.
Published in 2003, the Housing Needs Workbook is designed to assist communities in assessing local housing needs for families, seniors, special needs populations, and owners and renters.
Written in partnership with the state Attorney General’s Office, this publication explains how communities can use receivership to stabilize properties and neighborhoods.
This publication is a companion to MHP's Municipal Affordable Housing Trust guidebook and is intended to help municipal official delve into the details of how to operate new or established housing trusts.
This is a 2013 update of a 2009 publication on how to envision, shape, get support and succeed with your community's local housing trust.
An updated version of the "CPA and Affordable Housing" guidebook with eligible uses based on the 2012 amendments to the original legislation. This guidebook is intended to be a comprehensive resource for CPC members and other involved citizens.
In March 2017, MHP, in cooperation with the state Department of Housing and Community Development, MassHousing and MassDevelopment, published an updated version of the Ch. 40B Handbook for Zoning Boards of Appeal. This new version incorporates all new guidelines issued by DHCD since the first version in 2008.