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Investment in new and existing housing is a critical need in rural towns, where a mismatch exists between current housing stock and current needs. A lack of housing production, old housing stock, changing demographics (smaller households and an aging population), and competition with short-term rentals and second homes in some areas, has led to a shortage of decent, affordable housing that meets the needs of residents.

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FRCOG staff can provide technical assistance to assist our communities in identifying their housing needs, barriers to creating more affordable housing, and strategies for achieving housing goals.

Examples of the types of projects we can help with include:

  • Housing Plans to identify the needs of a community and Housing Production Plans consistent with MGL Chapter 40B
  • Zoning updates that include provisions for affordable housing
  • Using Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for affordable housing
A Composite Image Of Four Distinct Housing Types. The Upper Left Corner Displays A Wood-sided Former Single-family House That Has Been Converted To A Two-family; The Upper Right Corner Displays A Brick Corner Building In Shelburne That Has Commercial Space On The First Floor, And Apartments On The Top Two Floors. The Lower Left Corner Shows A Ranch Home That Has Been Retrofitted With A Ramp To Make The Home Accessible. The Bottom Right Shows A "tiny Home" In Greenfield.

Resources

Publications

Housing plans identify the housing needs of a community and outline the strategies a town can take toward meeting those needs. In recent years the FRCOG has assisted the Towns…

Vacant and abandoned buildings can be a financial drain on towns, can pose health and safety issues for residents and…

The Franklin County Regional Housing Study is an implementation project recommended by Sustainable Franklin County – A Regional Plan for Sustainable Development that was completed in 2013. Sustainable Franklin County…

Staff
Andrea Donlon headshot.

Andrea Donlon

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Sr. Land Use and Natural Resources Planner

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Kimberly MacPhee headshot.

Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM

Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager

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Megan Rhodes

Megan Rhodes

Housing and Livability Program Manager

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