Volunteers needed for the Bedford Housing Partnership and Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

Submitted by the Bedford Volunteer Coordinating Committee

Do you want to help fund and promote affordable housing projects, programs, and policy with a Bedford focus? The Bedford Housing Partnership and the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust each currently have two openings for new volunteer members.

The Bedford Housing Partnership (BHP) implements fair and affordable housing programs and encourages the growth and maintenance of the supply of affordable housing within the Town of Bedford. 

This community-based Town Board is comprised of nine full members appointed by the Select Board for three-year terms. The BHP typically meets once a month. 

The Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) is a seven-member board that works toward the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Bedford for the benefit of low and moderate-income householders. It is organized under Mass General Laws. The MAHT meets as needed. 

The Bedford Housing Partnership’s primary responsibilities are to develop criteria for eligibility and assist in the determination of eligible applicants for affordable housing, investigate methods of land acquisition and sources of funding for land acquisition and affordable housing development, review all affordable housing projects, and make recommendations, identify problems and potential barriers to implementing the Town’s fair housing goals and recommend solutions, and assist in the education and dissemination of affordable housing and literature.  

MAHT’s main role is to administer affordable housing programs and projects using funds sourced from grants, fees, donations, and the Bedford Community Preservation Committee as allowed by M.G.L. chapter 44. 

The Bedford Housing Partnership and the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust are great opportunities for citizens who care about supporting, educating, and promoting affordable housing in Bedford. 

BHP members do not have to come from any specific discipline or have a particular expertise; all are welcome. The BHP and MAHT offer an opportunity for anyone who wants to help advance affordable housing programs and policy in Bedford. 

For more information on this board, please visit www.bedfordma.gov/652/Housing-Partnership. For more information on Bedford’s volunteer process, including links to VCC contact information and the volunteer application, please visit www.bedfordma.gov/658/volunteer-coordinating-committee.

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