Housing Production Plan and Policies
The Arlington Housing Production Plan (HPP) was adopted by the Arlington Redevelopment Board and Select Board in summer of 2016. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) approved the HPP on November 7, 2016. The HPP positions the Town of first and foremost better meet local market-rate and affordable housing needs and demand, and in doing so work towards the Chapter 40B 10% statutory minimum. Towards that end, the HPP consists of three major components: a housing needs and demand assessment; an analysis of development constraints, capacity, and opportunities in town; and an implementation plan consisting of housing goals and strategies to achieve them. The Housing Plan Implementation Committee is charged with implementing the actions identified in the Housing Production Plan.
The Department of Planning and Community Development tracks Arlington’s progress in meeting the Chapter 40B 10% statutory minimum of affordable housing units in comparison to surrounding communities. As of 2018, Arlington’s Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) percentage is 5.6% (ratio of affordable units as approved by DHCD to total housing units as reported by the Decennial Census). Although units have been added to the SHI, Arlington has only increased its SHI percentage by 0.1% between 2001 and 2018.
Rental Housing Programs in Arlington
The following is a list of the Town’s housing programs. All programs have income eligibility limits. See below and each agency's website for details.
Apartment Rental Program
The Town works closely with the non-profit Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA), a non-profit community development corporation, to develop and manage affordable housing. HCA currently owns 90 units of rental housing for families and small households, within two family houses and larger buildings scattered throughout Arlington. Units vary in size from one to four bedrooms. Rents start at about $1000/month. For more information or an application, contact HCA, at 781 859-5294, or www.housingcorparlington.org
Arlington Housing Authority Public Housing
The Arlington Housing Authority owns and operates 175 units of affordable family housing, and roughly 500 units of affordable elderly housing (must be 60 or older). Family housing has 2 or 3 bedrooms, and elderly housing has one bedroom. Residents pay 30% of their income for rent. For more information or an application, contact the Arlington Housing Authority, located at 4 Winslow Street, 781 646-3400, or www.arlingtonhousing.org
Another location for affordable housing for the elderly and disabled, where tenants pay 30% of their income for rent. Applicants must be at least 62 and income eligible. Call the owners directly at 781 641-1410.
There are 17 affordable rental units at Brigham Square, located at 30 Mill Street, ranging in size from studios to two-bedroom apartments. For more information call 781 643-4910.
This project is located at the site of the former Symmes Hospital, off Summer Street. It has 26 affordable rental units, studio to three-bedroom size. For more information call 781 859-5807.
Other Resources for Homeownership and Rental Opportunities
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association's MassAccess Housing Registry for homeownership and rental opportunities.
North Suburban Consortium for homeownership and rental opportunities.
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance's Massachusetts Affordable Homes for homeownership opportunities.
Department of Housing and Community Development's affordable units for sale.
Ready Renter Program connect owners of deed-restricted apartments with eligible households.
First Time Homebuyers
Affordable Condominiums for First Time Homebuyers
Arlington’s zoning requires all new developments with six or more units to include 15% affordable to low and moderate income households. Purchase prices are typically around $200,000, with resale prices restricted. Purchasers are selected by lottery, and must attend a class for First Time Homebuyers (see below).
First Time Homebuyers Down Payment Assistance and Counseling Program
Arlington is part of a Consortium of 7 municipalities that together run a program providing assistance to first time home buyers. The Homebuyers Counseling program is open to people of any income. Income eligible families can also qualify for down payment assistance and deferred second mortgages (a second mortgage for up to 20% of the purchase price with no repayment for 5 years). For more information, please click here
Emergency Housing Assistance
The Housing Corporation of Arlington provides small grants to individuals facing an immediate crisis with their housing. It can pay back rent to prevent eviction, or security deposits to get someone into a new home. For more information, or to receive an application, contact the Housing Corporation of Arlington, 781 583-6147.
Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC)
The Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) is the organization that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless individuals and families. All individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in Arlington are encouraged to receive an assessment through the Coordinated Entry program. Any person with a tie to Arlington who is currently experiencing homelessness is eligible to complete an assessment. The assessment is offered on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday at the Somerville Homeless Coalition, One Davis Square, Somerville. Call 617 623-6111 for more information.
Balance of State CoC meetings are held on the first Wednesdays of the month from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The meetings are open to the public. To learn more about the CoC and resources available, visit the CoC website.
Income Eligibility (2019)
All affordable housing programs have maximum income limits. Other requirements regarding minimum income and credit may also apply. Following are the 2019 income limits.
Rental Housing through the Housing Corporation of Arlington (2019)
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First Time Home Buyer and other Rental Housing
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