At its January meeting, the LWVA steering committee voted to join the Amherst Affordable Housing Advocacy Coalition. This new coalition is a group of organizations and individuals that will advocate for affordable housing initiatives when they come before the various town boards. It also plans to provide information about housing issues and long-term solutions.
LWVA has had a local position on affordable housing since 1966. The most recent version, adopted in 2001, continues to provide a solid basis to support efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in Amherst. By joining the coalition, the League hopes to be able to advocate more effectively for its goals in this area.
The Town's most recent initiative has been the creation of the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. Its web site includes links to its strategic plan for the next several years, as well as a 2015 Housing Market Study and a 2013 Amherst Housing Production Plan.