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Watch supports New Affordable Housing Proposal-

by Metro West Collaborative Development

 Metro West CD proposes to purchase multi-family homes for renovating and permanently deed restricting as an effort to provide refurbished affordable rental housing for individuals and families.

The goal of the proposal is to amass enough units to be able to apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other Dept. of Housing and Community Development resources to leverage Waltham's CPA funds to undertake a significant level of rehabilitation.

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will be voting on a proposal to convert 26 apartments on the south side into affordable units.  This proposal would cost $2 million and be matched by $10 million in private and state funding.  It would NOT be new development but taking existing high rent and/or substandard housing and bringing up to state code, deleading it for use by families, and putting a rent restriction on it going forward.   This project would be using Waltham CPC funds that are set aside for affordable housing and have to be used for that purpose.

For more information about the proposal, please read the attached document

To show your support, please:

1.  Attend the Community Preservation Committee Meeting June 6 at 7pm at City Hall

2. Contact your city councillor.



Results of the Waltham Rental Voucher Lottery available here

Video of Lottery:



WATCH invites you to a meeting of the Tenant Action Group

at WATCH, 24 Crescent Street, Suite 201, Waltham

Come join other tenants to:

- Learn more about how to apply for affordable housing

- Learn about how to weatherize your home for FREE to save in energy bills

- Take action together to improve the overall housing situation for tenants in Waltham.


For more information, CALL Genoveva at 781-891-6689 ext. 208 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Free  *  Refreshments provided *  Childcare and translation available- call to let us know your needs.


WATCH wins funding for a Rental Voucher Program 

for low-income Waltham residents


- 3 year rental voucher for lowest income households.

- Rent goes to Waltham landlords.

- Voucher will ensure that tenants rent payment will be 30% of their income.

- 50 households will be helped.


Funding for Affordable Housing & Rental Assistance
through Waltham’s Community Preservation Committee

The Community Preservation Act (CPA), passed in Waltham in 2007, 
formed the CPA Fund.  The money comes from a city property tax surcharge of 2% 
and is matched by the state. At least 10% of the funds must go to: community housing, 
open space, and historic preservation.  

 The fund is overseen by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC).

Very little of these funds have been spent on housing and $3 Million would 
need to be spent to meet the minimum 10% required to be reserved for housing.

The MA legislature has affirmed that rental assistance, in the form of 
rental vouchers to ensure housing affordability, is an approved use of CPC funds. 
Tenant assistance programs can help mitigate the affordable housing crisis 
short-term, while towns plan long-term affordable housing development.



Article in Banker & Tradesman



This proposal has been endorsed by:



For more information on WATCH's Tenant Action Group, contact Genoveva,

Community Organizer at 781-891-6689 ext. 208-8919



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