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COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program

Last week, the City Council voted to approve a $2 million appropriation from Community Preservation Funds and to pool that with $500K of CDBG funds to create a COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program.

The program flyer is available for download in the following languages:

Arabic  الترجمة العربية Chinese 简体中文Japanese 日本語Korean 한국어; Portuguese português; Russian русский; Spanish español; Turkish Türk Dili;  and Vietnamese Tiếng Việt.

APPLICANTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR: 

  • Up to three months of housing assistance
  •  The program will cover 70% of a household’s monthly rent, with a maximum monthly assistance amount of $2,500 per household (or $7,500 per household for three months)
  •  Mortgage assistance is only available to those income eligible households who reside in affordable deed restricted units. The program will cover 70% of a household’s monthly deed-restricted mortgage payment, with a maximum monthly assistance amount of $2,500 per household (or $7,500 per household for three months)

DRIVE-UP APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

Tuesdays:  May 26th and June 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., 79 Chapel St., Newton
Bring your documents, questions or just get started from the safety of your car!
No appointments necessary.

ELIGIBILITY
An “eligible” renter household is one that:
Currently lives in the City of Newton

Has reduced income because of COVID-19 (and can demonstrate this financial hardship)

Has an annual income (at the time of application) at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)

Households currently receiving rental assistance (e.g. Public Housing tenants, RAFT, Section 8, MRVP or other locally administered support) are also eligible for this program (program assistance is only applied towards tenant’s portion of rent)

An “eligible” homeowner household is one that:

  • Currently lives in the City of Newton
  • Resides in an ownership unit that is deed-restricted affordable (restriction recorded with the Registry of Deeds)
  • Has reduced income because of COVID-19 (and can demonstrate this financial hardship)
  • Has an annual income (at the time of application) at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)

2020 HUD Income Limits:

The total income of the applicant and all other members of the applicant’s household over the age of eighteen (18) may not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income for the greater Boston area adjusted for family size. An applicant’s total household income at the time of application cannot exceed the following limits:

Household size1 person2 person3 person4 person5 person6 person
Income Limit 80% area median$67,400$77,000$86,650$96,250$103,950$111,650

PREFERENCES

Preference shall be given to households whose annual income is at or below 65% AMI. This preference shall not be applicable after the initial Lottery period.

HOW TO APPLY

The Program is being administered by Metro West Collaborative Development, on behalf of the City of Newton. To begin:

Contact Robyn Rufo at robyn@metrowestcd.org (preferred method) or at 617-923-3505 x5.

TYY users please call 711. FREE TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE: Call Robyn at 617-923-3505 x 5.

Applicants have the right to request a reasonable accommodation, which may include a change to a policy, procedure or practice to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to participate fully in the housing program.

For detailed information on the COVID-19 EMERGENCY HOUSING RELIEF PROGRAM please read the PROGRAM GUIDELINES.

Application Due Date:  JUNE 3, 2020

Applications are due (or postmarked) by June 3, 2020. A Lottery will be used to establish the order in which funds will be awarded. Applications received after the due date will be added to the bottom of the Lottery List in the order received, until all funds are disbursed. The Lottery will be held on June 10, 2020.

PROCESS 

  • All potential participants must complete an application and attach requested documents prior to the deadline. All complete applications will be entered into a lottery.
  • The deadline for submitting complete applications is June 3, 2020; however, households who contact the Metro West CD office after the application deadline will be added to the bottom of the Lottery Wait List in the order received.
  • Assistance with the submission of the application is available to those with limited computer access.
  • Applicants have the right to request a reasonable accommodation(s), which may include a change to a rule, policy, procedure or practice to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to participate fully in the housing program or to use and enjoy the housing.
  • Free language assistance is available to households with limited English proficiency.
  • The Lottery will be held via zoom on June 10, 2020. Applicants will be given access to the zoom meeting information after the close of the application deadline.
  • All applicants will then be drawn and assigned a Lottery Wait List number in the order they were drawn.
  • For further details, please read the PROGRAM GUIDELINES.
  • Download Rental Assistance program flyer.
  • Download Mortgage Assistance program flyer.


    The City of Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program is administered by Metro West Collaborative Development, on behalf of the City of Newton. Metro West is a non-profit community development corporation based in Newton. More information on Metro West can be found here: https://metrowestcd.org/

City Council Meetings – Week of May 24th

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83525786589 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 835 2578 6589

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 5-story addition with 18 new units and common accessory use space, extending the non-conforming structure to the extent necessary and to determine density and dimensional controls at 280 Newtonville Avenue – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 1st – floor addition to the principal dwelling and to construct dormers to the existing detached garage to allow for an accessory apartment in a detached structure, further increasing the non-conforming FAR to .66 where .64 exists and .48 is allowed and where the structure does not meet principal setback requirements at 30-32 Salisbury Road – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request to rezone land and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Riverside MBTA mixed-use development at 355 and 399 Grove Street – NOTE: The focus of the discussion will be on project revisions. – See Planning Department Memo

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. NOTE: EARLY START TIME

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $400,000 originally set aside for DPW 25% Design of Washington Street to the DPW Roads Program to repair the roadway section of Washington Street between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Department:

  • Public Works Department

The Committee will then discuss the following item:

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/99664276518

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to repurpose and transfer $100,000 from Comptroller’s Reserve Acct #01C20107‐585010 originally set aside for a Police Incident Command Vehicle to new Police Cruisers
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Department:

  • Fire Department
  • Police Department


City Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 17th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/499157185

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $880,124.98 from FEMA reimbursement for a 2018 winter storm to the Inclement Weather Reserve Fund
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Departments:

  • Assessing
  • Information Technology
  • Purchasing
  • Executive/Sustainability

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/887899578. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 887 899 578.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of the Draft FY2021-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a review and possible amendments to Chapter 22, Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation and landmarking – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance – See Planning Department Memo

The Chair notes that the following three items will be taken up within the context of Zoning Redesign specifically as they relate to Article 3.

  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4..4 on garages
  • Request review of zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter 30 to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/425057110. To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the meeting ID 425 057 110.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Departments:

  • Library
  • Senior Services
  • City Solicitor
  • City Clerk

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96581816814

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend an $80,000 MassDOT Workforce Transportation Program grant with $20,000 in matching funds to expand the Bluebikes system
  • Request to accept 6 bikeshare stations worth $224,257 in conjunction with the expansion of the Bluebikes system

Public Facilities Committee: The regularly scheduled Public Facilities Committee meeting has been canceled. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/724394508. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 724 394 508

The agenda includes the following:

  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Departments:

  • Inspectional Services
  • Planning and Development
  • Community Preservation Act Administration

Full City Council to Meet Virtually on Monday, May 18th

The Full City Council will meet virtually on Monday, May 18th beginning at 6:00 p.m. as a Committee of the Whole.

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The agenda for this Committee of the Whole meetings includes the following:

  • Request for approval of $2,000,000 in Community Preservation Funds to address emergency housing needs of Newton’s low and moderate-income citizens through a COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program. In addition, the City will allocate $500,000 in CDBG funding from the federal CARES Act to emergency housing needs – See Planning Memo – Also NOTE: The agenda contains backup material for this item.

The Council will continue to meet as a Committee of the Whole and convene at 7:45 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on the submission of the Fiscal Years 2021 to 2025 Capital Improvement Plan pursuant to section 5-3 of the Newton City Charter – See FY2021-FY2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Public Hearing on the submission of the FY 2021 – FY 2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan – See FY2021-FY2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan
  • Public Hearing on the submission of recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Water/Sewer/Storm Water Rates for implementation on July 1, 2020

Following the conclusion of the Pubic Hearings and Committee of the Whole, the Council will convene as a City Council.

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The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Zoning and Planning – May 7, 2020 Report: All items were held. The Committee Report held a public hearing and discussion on the Draft FY2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan and also discussed the request to review and possibly amend Chapter 22, of the City of Newton Ordinances – Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation, and landmarking.

Land Use – May 12, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to combine to parcels and demolish the existing single-family dwelling and two-family dwelling and construct a 4-unit multi-family dwelling, altering and extending the nonconforming front and side setbacks and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet within a setback at 13-17 Gardner Street

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation – May 13, 2020 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a new public auto license for Om Sai Enterprises, Inc.

The Committee voted to deny the following:

  • Appeal of the approval of Traffic Council petition TC87-19 on January 23, 2020 on removing the stop signs on Roosevelt Road, in both directions, and retaining the stop signs on Theodore Road

Public Facilities – May 13, 2020 Report: All items were held. The Committee had a substantive discussion regarding the request for a discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit or prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantially renovated buildings, as well as to clarify the Council’s authority to prohibit the extension of gas.

Public Facilities – May 14, 2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 5-58, for schematic design and site plan approval at 130 Wheeler Road for the construction of three-classroom additions to accommodate a significant and sustained increase in enrollment. NOTE: The Committee voted 4-0-4 – 4 in favor, none opposed and 4 abstaining.

Full City Council to Meet on Monday, May 11th – Mayor to Present FY2021 Budget

The Full City Council will meet virtually on Monday, May 11th at 7:45 p.m.

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The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.