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UPDATED Aug. 11: The Affordable Housing Trust members presented virtually on July 28 the results of its affordable-housing survey, and discussions designed for distinct populations are set to continue as per the schedule below. Watch the recording of the meeting and view presentations slides here >>

The trust received more than 800 responses to the survey, which will be used to inform the development of the trust's action plan. After a presentation of survey results, attendees will be invited to participate in a general listening session and share their thoughts about affordable housing in Arlington.

Trust officials have stated that they are interested in receiving input from anyone in town.

The trust has also scheduled a series of listening sessions to hear from these specific communities:

Already held:

People of color: Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Robbins Library Community Room (RSVP here >>)People between the ages of 15 and 35: Thursday, Aug. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Robbins Library Community Room (Zoom onlyRSVP here >>); People with disabilities: Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m., held virtually over Zoom (RSVP here >>); Residents in affordable housing: Sunday, Aug. 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., held virtually over Zoom (RSVP here >>); and Seniors: Thursday, Aug. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Arlington Community Center, which was formerly known as the Senior Center, at 27 Maple St. (RSVP here >>).

Those who identify as a member of any of the groups above and who wish to participate in a listening session are asked to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 781-316-3096 to indicate which listening session they plan to attend.

Refreshments and/or a small token of the trust's appreciation will be given to each participant.

The trust is also accepting comments from anyone in the Arlington community via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall public meeting: save the date

The trust plans to share the results of the summer community engagement process and a draft of the action plan at a public meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 21. Details will be posted in coming weeks. 

The trust is doing community engagement through the summer, but this slide from the public forum shows what will follow:

Action plan
 Email communication sought from affected stakeholders

Trust members have stated that they want to hear from members of the general public even if these individuals are not able to attend a public forum or listening session -- or aren't comfortable doing so. 

They are particularly eager to listen to those living in affordable housing including public housing, Section 8 residents and voucher holders, those who are struggling with housing costs, cannot find affordable housing or fear they will lose the housing they have.

They also hope for responses from those who are renters, low-income residents, people of color, people with disabilities or younger people. These groups typically are the most affected by housing issues but often are under-represented in surveys and similar processes. 

The trust may be contacted atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Action-plan overview

To learn more about the process for the trust's action plan, check out the presentation given to Town Meeting in June: View slides from the Town Meeting update June 8 >> 

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This news announcement was published Thursday, July 21, 2022, based on information from Rebecca Garber of the housing trust, and updated Aug. 11 to indicate that all the listening sessions have concluded and that a public meeting on the draft action plan has been set for Sept. 21.

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