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Date:
May 15, 2019
Time:
7:00 PM
Location:
Town Hall
Address:
210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Contact:
781-741-1494
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Hingham Community Housing Forum

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Town of Hingham has embarked upon an effort to prepare a Housing Plan that will present a proactive housing agenda of Town-sponsored initiatives to meet pressing local housing needs.

The Town of Hingham has embarked upon an effort to prepare a Housing Plan that will present a proactive housing agenda of Town-sponsored initiatives to meet pressing local housing needs. 

Hingham, as well as many other communities in the Boston region, has been confronting a combination of demographic and economic forces that have potential to affect community character including increasing housing costs, a limited range of housing options, and an aging population among others. As the Housing Plan will document, there are segments of the community which are struggling due to limited financial means or other unmet special needs. More recent and projected demographic shifts will continue to challenge Town efforts to address housing priorities which are so tied to issues of social equity and economic development.

This planning effort represents a proactive approach on the part of the Town to achieve the following local affordable housing and community planning objectives:

  • Provide updated documentation on important demographic and economic trends that have a bearing on future local and regional housing needs.
  • Provide a detailed analysis of the local and regional housing dynamic, analyzing how market prices affect residents’ ability to pay based on various income levels and target populations.
  • Analyze potential regulatory and development opportunities to help diversify local housing to address the range of identified local housing needs. 
  • Identify what resources are available to support affordable housing development and how the Town can most strategically leverage local investment. 
  • Offer a useful educational tool regarding affordable housing and galvanize local public support for new housing initiatives. 
  • Demonstrate the community’s intent to proactively address local housing issues to the state and other funding entities. 

The Hingham Affordable Housing Trust is sponsoring a Community Housing Forum to present what the Town has learned thus far regarding the shifts in demographic and housing trends and needs. The meeting will also include a special program to gain the perspectives of participants on the Town‘s future housing agenda.

The meeting will be held in Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street, on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Emily Wentworth at the Hingham Land Use and Development Department at (781) 741-1494. This is the first of two public meetings. Light refreshments will be served.