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Looking for a specific report, sample RFP and other documents that explain the affordable housing process? The Housing Toolbox resource section has all the materials that appear on this site.

Local Action Units (LAUs) Guide

November 28, 2018

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.

Ch. 40B Program Guidelines and Application

December 26, 2017

Information about and application for MHP's Ch. 40B technical assistance program. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and other relevant municipal boards in the review of specific Ch. 40B development proposals.

Chapter 40B handbook for ZBAs

June 16, 2017

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.

Local Initiative Program

February 16, 2017

Department of Housing and Community Development's (DHCD) Local Initiative Program (LIP) program overview webpage. Local Initiative Program (LIP) is a state program that encourages the creation of affordable housing by providing technical assistance to communities and developers who are working together to create affordable rental opportunities.

Chapter 40B fact sheet

February 16, 2017

This fact sheet prepared by Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)provides a quick overview of the regulatory requirements and accomplishments of Chapter 40B, also known as the Comprehensive Permit Law.

Sample design guidelines (Westford)

January 06, 2017

From the "Approach to Chapter 40B Design Reviews." This is an example of design guidelines for affordable housing highlighting the design guidelines of Stony Brook in Westford.