It can take a seldom visited great aunt’s exclamation of “my how you’ve grown!” for a parent to see the growth in their own children. That’s how I felt when I recently spoke to a long lost colleague who exclaimed, “wow, you’ve got a lot going on!”
2015 was a challenging year for Metro West CD. The budget was super tight, a key staff person moved on and there was not a lot of good news on the horizon. But, we just kept stumbling forward and things have started to pick up steam. As of this writing we are:
- Interviewing with the Norwell Community Housing Trust for the possible new construction of 18 units of affordable rental housing for seniors.
- Submitting an application to the Waltham Community Preservation Committee for a $10 million acquisition/rehabilitation program to create 26 units of affordable rental housing for individuals and families.
- Helping the towns of Stow and Belmont undertake Housing Production Plans.
- Supporting two of our peer non-profits (the Weston Affordable Housing Fund, Inc. and the Lexington Housing Assistance Board) in their efforts to bring 2 and 4 units of affordable rental housing to their communities.
- Organizing a Senior Housing Information Forum in Dedham.
- Providing organizational infrastructure support to the Watertown Community Preservation Act campaign.
- Participating in meetings with housing advocates in Natick and Lexington in their efforts to identify sites and public policies to create affordable housing.
- Continuing our support of the Fernald Working Group.
- Exploring a small-scale rental housing initiative in Hudson.
2016 will bear all of this fruit if we can tend it well. Thank you for your support, encouragement and commitment.