The League of Women Voters of Amherst submitted the following statement in support of the Amherst Single Room Occupancy (SRO) project.
The League of Women Voters of Amherst supports the Valley Community Development Corporation's application to the Department of Housing and Community Development for project eligibility determination under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program for 132 Northampton Road.
We have carefully followed this project since its inception. The critical need for housing units in our town is well-documented elsewhere. The Town has committed to providing stability of place and services to 28 individuals at the extremely low-and low-income levels of 30, 50 and 80% of the Area Median Income Levels, including some units for the homeless. The Town has also demonstrated financial support and garnered funding sources totaling approximately $750,000 for the project. In line with our policy, the Town has worked with neighbors regarding neighborhood impact by holding public hearings, forums and district meetings that have resulted in some changes in the proposal details.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of policy issues and influences public policy through advocacy and education. Since 1966 we have advocated for low-and-moderate income housing through a mix of rehabilitating structures, zoning and land use policies for housing support, open space and effective permitting systems that support a suitable living environment affordable to all.
We believe that the Valley Community Development Corporation's project is consistent with our critical community needs and urge your approval of their application.
Thank you for taking these comments into consideration.
Spokesperson, LWV of Amherst