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Hingham Housing Authority ByLaws - as amended on 3/17/2017

Name Term Expires
Sharon Napier, Director  
Margie Carr, Assistant Director  
Davalene Cooper, Chairman 2020
James R. Watson, Vice Chairman 2018
Robert Keyes, Treasurer 2019
Irma Lauter, State Appointee 2020
March 2013
We are located at 30 Thaxter Street in Hingham, the former home of the West Elementary School. In 1971 the state purchased the property for $1 and in 1974 the first phase of the development was built. Housing and buildings consisted of 6 units of congregate housing and 58 apartments of c.667 housing. The second phase was built in 1990 which produced 20 more units of c.667 and 8 units of c. 705 family housing. Additional, a single family house was built on Beal Street in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health, under c. 689, housing up to 16 individuals supported by programs administered by the department.

Low Income Housing

Thaxter Park is the only low income housing in the town of Hingham that allows residents and veterans to receive local preference.

Housing Choice Voucher Program
We also administer a tenant based federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 program (HCVP). There are currently 50 participants on this program, 25 of which belong to the Housing Authority and the others we administer for other local housing authorities. These are privately owned rental properties whereby the participant selects a unit and the owner agrees to participate on the program.

Rent Capped
These units must pass an annual Housing Quality Standards inspection and the rent is capped at a fair market rent published by HUD. The participants may pay 30-40% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities; a federal subsidy is paid to the owner on behalf of the tenant making up the difference between the fair market rent and tenant's portion. Participants may live anywhere in the United States and Puerto Rico under this program.

Homeless Veterans
The Authority recently partnered with local agencies and Father Bill's to administer 5 project-based section 8 vouchers to homeless veterans. The 5 vouchers are attached to the Fort Hill property under a contract for a minimum of 20 years whereby the Housing Authority will subsidize rental payments for the residents of the house.

Self-Sufficiency Grant
Over the past 2 years, the Authority has applied for and been awarded a Self-Sufficiency grant to assist 25 families on the HCV program. The goal is for families to attain Self-Sufficiency over a 5 year period. The award allows us to pay for a Service Coordinator position to administer this program.

Affordable Homebuyer Program

The Hingham Housing Authority is also a recognized Monitoring and Lottery Agent for Affordable Homebuyer programs.

We are currently accepting applications for c. 667 housing and homeless veteran's project based housing only. Due to lengthy wait lists, a wait of 10 years plus, the c. 705 and Section 8 HCVP lists are closed.