Come Help Healthy Aging Prepare for Town Hearings on Housing Needs
HA-MV will sponsor a meeting to prepare advocates to speak up about the housing needs of island elders. The meeting will be held on Tuesday September 13th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven. The purpose of the meeting will be to prepare for the new town-by-town process to define and develop Housing Production Plans for our island.
What is a Housing Production Plan?
A Housing Production Plan ( HPP) details a community's strategy to meet it's affordable housing needs while fulfilling the state's required minimum for qualifying affordable housing units. Each town's HPP will include target goals and strategies for affordable and community housing, including elderly housing.
With help from a state grant and MV Commission staff, the all-island Planning Boards are holding a series of three meetings in each of our towns - in September, October, and November. These meetings will produce for each town
a Housing Production Plan (HPP) which will detail the community's strategy to meet its affordable housing needs.
At the first meeting, community members will have input into the types of housing needed; the second will determine the numbers and possible location of the housing to be built; the third will define the strategies and timetable for getting to the goals.
In collaboration with some members of the All-Island Planning Boards and Affordable Housing committees, Healthy Aging wants to meet with YOU to answer your questions about the upcoming process, and to share with you information about what the Senior Survey told us about the housing needs of island seniors and of those in the workforce to care for us.
We believe that if Senior Advocates attend these meetings, speak from your own experience about housing needs and how best to meet them, these Housing Production Plans in each town will move a long way toward developing the housing we know our community so desperately needs.
The schedule for the first of the three meetings in each town follows:
Monday September 19, 2016
- West Tisbury 4:00, Public Safety Building
- Aquinnah 7:00, Old Town Hall (Community Dinner at 6:30)
Tuesday September 20, 2016
- Edgartown 5:30, Menemsha Room at the Harbor View Hotel
Wednesday September 21, 2016
- Oak Bluffs 4:00, The Loft
- Chilmark 7:00, Chilmark Library
Thursday, September 22, 2016
- Tisbury 6:00, Tisbury Senior Center
Please come join Healthy Aging on Tuesday September 13th to prepare for these meetings. See you at the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven from 3:00-4:00.