Northampton Housing Needs
Assessment and Strategic Plan
Mary Clare Higgins, Mayor
Prepared by the Northampton Housing Part...
Benefits
• Serves as a local resource/reference on wide range of
housing issues including characteristics, trends, market
...
Benefits
• Assists City and developers in obtaining grant and loan
funds for affordable housing
• Proposes actions that th...
Guiding Principle
"Support a wide variety of
housing types that
increase rental and
homeownership units to
create and pres...
What is Mfordable Housing?
Subsidized affordable housing/Chapter 40B definition:
• Deed restricted
• Mfirmatively marketed...
What housing is affordable in
Northampton?
• Of the 12,282 year-round housing units, 1,452 units or
11.8°/o are currently ...
Demographic Trends
• Population stability with small recent declines in
population and slow fttture growth
• Increasing nu...
Housing Trends
• Slow but steady growth
• Decrease in number of
persons per unit
• About half rental housing
but limited g...
Priority Housing Needs
• Homelessness
prevention
• Shelter system/
Housing First
model
• Producing and
•
preservtng
afford...
Producing and Presetving
Mfordable Housing-- Needs
1. Rental housing for individuals
2. Housing rehabilitation
3. Presetva...
Housing Goals
1. Create new housing
along range of
income levels -
ownership & rentals
2. Preserve and sustain
existing af...
Goal # 1: Organizational
Strategies
• Conduct community
education
• Capitalize the Mfordable
Housing Trust Fund
• Monitor/...
Goal # 1: Regulatory Strategies
• Adopt inclusionaty zoning
• Ease restrictions on developtnent near
city and village cent...
Goal # 1: Regulatory Strategies
• Rewrite TDR
ordinance
• Revise parking
•
requtrements
• Explore form-based
•
zontng
• Es...
Goal# 1: New Housing
Production Strategies
• Continue to pursue
nontraditional housing
models
• Fund small infill
developm...
Goal # 2: Promote the
Aff/Sustainability of Existing Housing
• Monitor and
maintain SHI units
• Convert existing
housing t...
Goal # 2: Help Preserve
Affordable Market Units
• Sustain and expand
housing rehab
programs
• Sustain and improve
existing...
Goal # 3: Continue Active Support for
Efforts to End Homelessness
• Continue to facilitate/support the Three-
County Conti...
Next Steps
• Conduct public meeting to present draft and
obtain feedback
• Adoption of Plan by Northampton Housing
Partner...
For more information, visit the City's web site at
Northampton Housing Needs
Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan
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Northampton Housing Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan 11-2010

  1. 1. Northampton Housing Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan Mary Clare Higgins, Mayor Prepared by the Northampton Housing Partnership • Gordon Shaw, Chair • Lynne Wallace, Vice Chair • Martha Ackelsberg • Jen Dieringer • Margaret Murray • Richard Abuza • Betsy Sierstna Technical support fron1 Peg 1.eller, Housing and Community Development Senior Planner; Teri Anderson, Director of Community and Economic Dev.; and Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Development Karen Sunnarborg, Consultant; photos courtesy of Dietz & Cotnpany Architects, Inc. and Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc. Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 1
  2. 2. Benefits • Serves as a local resource/reference on wide range of housing issues including characteristics, trends, market conditions, resources and priority needs • Assists the City in making funding decisions including CPA and CDBG funds • Assists the City in promoting affordable housing • Provides information to non-residents, including developers, on housing needs in Northampton Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 2
  3. 3. Benefits • Assists City and developers in obtaining grant and loan funds for affordable housing • Proposes actions that the City can take to meet the range of local housing needs • Establishes accountability for proposed actions by indicating the entities that are responsible for implementation • Provides information on the implementation of each strategy • Helps increase the City's Commonwealth Capital score Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 3
  4. 4. Guiding Principle "Support a wide variety of housing types that increase rental and homeownership units to create and presetVe a range of affordability and choice in housing options." Sustainable Northampton Comprehensive Plan Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 4
  5. 5. What is Mfordable Housing? Subsidized affordable housing/Chapter 40B definition: • Deed restricted • Mfirmatively marketed • Available to households earning at or below 80°/o of area median income with housing costs of no more than 30°/o of income Community housing: Mfordable to households earning at or below 100°/o of area median income Workforce housing: Mfordable to households earning between 80°/o and 120°/o of area median income Northampton Ilousing Needs Assessment/Strategic Ilousing Plan 5
  6. 6. What housing is affordable in Northampton? • Of the 12,282 year-round housing units, 1,452 units or 11.8°/o are currently included in the state's Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI). Also, 93 units are eligible for inclusion, bringing the percentage to 12.7°/o (10.9°/o without Hathaway Farms). • Planned development should push Northampton beyond 12°/o, but expiring affordability restrictions threaten to eliminate some units from SHI in the future. • The number of affordable units needed will increase over time based on housing growth, projected to be almost 13,000 for the next census. Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 6
  7. 7. Demographic Trends • Population stability with small recent declines in population and slow fttture growth • Increasing number of households -- substantial increase in smaller families, more non-family households and more single-person households • Aging population • Fewer children • Somewhat lower incomes on average in comparison to the county and state Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 7
  8. 8. Housing Trends • Slow but steady growth • Decrease in number of persons per unit • About half rental housing but limited growth in rental units • High housing prices despite poor market conditions Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 8
  9. 9. Priority Housing Needs • Homelessness prevention • Shelter system/ Housing First model • Producing and • preservtng affordable housing Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 9
  10. 10. Producing and Presetving Mfordable Housing-- Needs 1. Rental housing for individuals 2. Housing rehabilitation 3. Presetvation of existing affordable rental stock 4. Rental housing for small families 5. First-time homeownership for small families 6. Housing for at-risk and special needs populations 7. Nontraditional models that meet local needs (such as artist live-work space and workforce housing) Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing P lan 10
  11. 11. Housing Goals 1. Create new housing along range of income levels - ownership & rentals 2. Preserve and sustain existing affordable housing 3. Work to end homelessness Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 11
  12. 12. Goal # 1: Organizational Strategies • Conduct community education • Capitalize the Mfordable Housing Trust Fund • Monitor/report on implementation of this Plan • Formalize the affordable housing review process Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Ilousing Plan 12
  13. 13. Goal # 1: Regulatory Strategies • Adopt inclusionaty zoning • Ease restrictions on developtnent near city and village centers • Promote mixed-use development in more locations • Revise cluster zoning provisions • Modify accessory aparttnent requiretnents Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Ilousing Plan 13
  14. 14. Goal # 1: Regulatory Strategies • Rewrite TDR ordinance • Revise parking • requtrements • Explore form-based • zontng • Establish a new mixed-use • • tnnovattons zone Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 14
  15. 15. Goal# 1: New Housing Production Strategies • Continue to pursue nontraditional housing models • Fund small infill development • Establish a subsidy guarantee program • Make suitable public property available • Provide down payment and closing cost asst. Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 15
  16. 16. Goal # 2: Promote the Aff/Sustainability of Existing Housing • Monitor and maintain SHI units • Convert existing housing to affordability • Rehabilitate the Grove Street Inn • Promote sustainable • energy conservatton Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 16
  17. 17. Goal # 2: Help Preserve Affordable Market Units • Sustain and expand housing rehab programs • Sustain and improve existing SRO units • Create a climate of public support for landlords Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 17
  18. 18. Goal # 3: Continue Active Support for Efforts to End Homelessness • Continue to facilitate/support the Three- County Continuutn of Care • Continue to participate in WMNEH • Support hotnelessness prevention progratns • Support Housing First efforts • Work on econotnic developtnent and poverty issues Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 18
  19. 19. Next Steps • Conduct public meeting to present draft and obtain feedback • Adoption of Plan by Northampton Housing Partnership • Obtain endorsements/approval from the Mayor, Planning Board and City Council • May submit Plan to the state at some point under Housing Production requirements Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 19
  20. 20. For more information, visit the City's web site at Northampton Housing Needs Assessment/Strategic Housing Plan 20
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