Meeting Minutes

Special Meeting of the AHA - April 14, 2004

498.

A meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority, which was open to the public, was called to order by the Chairman, Nicholas Mitropoulos, on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 7:02 PM in the John F. Cusack Board Room of the Arlington Housing Authority, located at 4 Winslow St., Arlington, MA. The Roll Call was taken and the following members of the Arlington Housing Authority were present:

Patricia Worden
Freeland K. Abbott
Richard B. Murray
Nicholas Mitropoulos

Absent: John Griffin
Also present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., Executive Director of the Arlington Housing Authority

The Chairman announced that the filing of the Notice with the Town Clerk has been complied with and directed a copy of this Notice be spread upon the records, a copy of which is as follows:

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 23, Chapter 39 of the Massachusetts General Laws, that a meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the John F. Cusack Board Room of the Arlington Housing Authority, 4 Winslow Street, Arlington, MA.

CERTIFICATE AS TO SERVICE OF NOTICE OF MEETING

I, Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., the duly appointed Secretary of the Arlington Housing Authority, do hereby certify that on April 6, 2004 was emailed and filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Arlington a copy of Notice of Meeting, of which the foregoing is a true and correct copy.

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Secretary

499.

Appointments

Mr. David Levy, Executive Director of the Housing Corporation of Arlington, Inc. (HCA) addressed the Board. He suggested the following agenda:

A. Summary of what both organizations are doing and have done.
B. Relations.
C. Creative Opportunities.
D. Next Step.


Summary of Efforts

Mr. Hurd have a lengthy presentation of what the Arlington Housing Authority has done over the past five years. Among the items discussed were the assistance provided to the HCA, past efforts to work cooperatively, and the relations with the Town's boards.

Mr. Levy discussed the HCA's efforts. Included were a discussion of its 501c-3 status as a non-profit organization, and its two main programs: one to increase affordable family housing and the second directed at homeless prevention. Thus far, the HCA has raised funds through grants, charitable donations, a walkathon, bank loans, and the community solicitations.

Dr. Worden added that the Farmer Fund, and the Sanborn funds may also provide assistance in certain cases.

Relations

There was a brief discussion of the relations between the Authority, Board of Selectmen, Redevelopment Board, HCA, and other local entities.

Mr. Marc Dohan noted that his nonprofit works very well with the public officials of Fitchburg, MA. He suggested that this would be possible too, in Arlington.

Created Opportunities

There was general agreement that there are opportunities to increase affordable housing, and it was up to various groups to work together in that effort where possible.

Mr. Levy discussed how the Cambridge Housing Authority used nonprofit organizations to increase affordable housing, but it was also pointed out that there were over $7 million in funds available to them for that purpose. This was not the case in Arlington.

Mr. Mitropoulos asked if Mr. Levy could send the Board an analysis of how the Cambridge Housing Authority created the relationships with the non-profits to work together. Mr. Levy said he would provide that information.

Next Step

The Board members and HCA representatives were very satisfied with this first step. Mr. Levy was to get back to Mr. Hurd with some additional information, and the Board felt that this was an excellent beginning for the two organizations to work with one another.

500.

Adjourn

Upon a motion by Mr. Murray, and seconded by Mr. Griffin, it was unanimously:

VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at 10:01 PM.

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Secretary