The Assabet Regional Housing Consortium (ARHC) is a collaboration among member communities Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Devens, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Littleton, and Stow. Metro West CD serves the member towns by assisting with the municipal function of affordable housing, including proactive monitoring, resident assistance, program administration, project development, technical assistance, and regional activities. The regional approach affords each community access to quality housing services at a lower cost than they could obtain on their own.

Examples of recent efforts include:

  • Conducting Senior Housing Forums for community residents at member town Councils on Aging;
  • Community Housing Fair including mini-workshops on affordable housing topics
  • Assistance with developing Emergency Rental Assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 emergency as well as developing and administrating general Rental Assistance Programs for low-income residents at risk of losing their housing due to escalating costs or lost income.
  • Technical Assistance reviewing Housing Production Plans and proposed Senior Housing Bylaws
  • Strategic Planning Technical assistance to Housing Trusts and Partnerships

The collaboration was initially formed among the five towns of Bolton, Boxborough, Hudson, Littleton, and Stow in 2013 through an Inter-Municipal Agreement. Hudson, as the lead community in the Consortium, issued an RFP for third-party consulting services. Metro West CD was selected through the process and awarded a 3-year Contract for Consulting Services with Hudson in 2017. The ARHC undertakes the RFP process every three years, and Metro West CD was again awarded the contract through an RFP Process in 2020. The current contract runs through 2023 and now includes nine participating communities.