BHA proposes increasing housing opportunities for elderly applicants
New Elder Advantage/Designated Housing Plan out for public comment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 9, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle is pleased to announce a new draft Designated Housing Plan for its federally funded elderly/disabled public housing developments. The Plan governs the percentage of elderly and non-elderly disabled households living in BHA’s 36 federal elderly/disabled public housing developments located throughout Boston.
A number of recent studies have highlighted the need for additional affordable housing for the elderly on both the local and national level. Under the proposed Plan, the ratio of elderly to non-elderly disabled heads of household in the federal elderly/disabled public housing developments would increase to 80% elderly/20% non-elderly disabled. In conjunction with this shift, BHA will provide three hundred thirty (330) Section 8 vouchers to the non-elderly disabled who are not housed as a result of the Plan so that there will be no net loss of affordable housing to the non-elderly disabled. All BHA residents and applicants affected by the proposed Plan will be notified well in advance of any changes.
The draft DHP will be available for public comment for a 45-day period from November 8-December 23, 2014. The draft can also be viewed in the Planning Department of the Boston Housing Authority at 52 Chauncy Street. A public hearing will be held on Monday December 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., in the Training Room at the Amory Street Development at 125 Amory Street, Boston. After the public comment period, the Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval.