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Affordable Set Aside Percentage Increased:  Watertown's affordable set-aside percentage for private residential development projects that create 5 of more units or more than 5 lots has increased from 10% to 12.5%.  See the link to the GUIDE at the end of this section to learn more.

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Services available: Watertown partners with Cambridge Neighborhood Apartment Housing Services, Inc. (CNAHS) to provide foreclosure prevention counseling services to Watertown residents. If you are struggling to pay your mortgage, call CNAHS at 617-491-1545.

FY 2017 Draft Annual Action Plan:  The Housing Partnership will hold a public meeting to review the draft FY 2017 Annual Action Plan on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  Comments welcome!

Revised Citizen Participation Plan:  The Housing Partnership revised the Citizen Participation Plan for the Annual Action Plan and Consolidated Plan.

Andrea Adams
Senior Planner

(617) 972-6417 x12163

The Planning Office is charged with overseeing the Town's Affordable Housing Requirements (section 5.07 of the Watertown Zoning Ordinance), administering the HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, providing staff support to the Watertown Housing Partnership, and coordinating other housing-related projects and programs.

To learn more about the Town's Affordable Housing Requirements, download this explanatory guide.

The WestMetro HOME Consortium

The WestMetro HOME Consortium provides funding and technical assistance to its 14 member communities to support local and regional affordable housing goals.  In addition to Watertown, the HOME Consortium communities include Newton (lead member), Bedford, Belmont, Brookline, Concord, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Natick, Needham, Sudbury, Waltham, and Wayland.

Since 1992, the Consortium has provided grants and loans of HOME funds to for-and non-profit developers and directly to low-income households to create over 550 units of affordable housing within the Consortium member communities. 

HOME Program Reports:

West Metro HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan

                                                 St. Joseph Hall
2014 HOME Project: St. Joseph Hall

Housing Production Plan

The Town, MetroWest Collaborative Development, Inc., and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council worked in 2013 to develop a Housing Production Plan funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Program and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Priority Development Fund.

What is a Housing Production Plan?

A “Housing Production Plan” is a document that is approved by the Department of Housing and Community Development and includes the following elements:

  1. An assessment of our community's housing needs based on an understanding of population trends and regional growth factors
  2. A numerical goal of units to produce annually
  3. An appropriate mix of housing types
  4. Steps for meeting our goals

Housing Resources:
Watertown works closely with Metro West Collaborative Development, a private, non-profit located at 79-B Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458 to develop affordable housing.  To learn
more about their affordable housing programs, visit the MWCD website.

Also available is the Watertown 2015 Community Resource Directory.