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Volunteers Needed – Town Government Committees
The Town of Lincoln depends on its citizen volunteers to work with one another on town-wide issues and to help shape community character. The Select Board is seeking interested volunteers for the following Select Board appointed committees: Affordable Housing Trust, Agriculture Commission, Capital Planning Committee, Lincoln Cultural Commission, Pierce Property Committee, IDEA (Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, and Anti-Racism) Initiative, and the Roadside and Traffic Committee. For information or an application, please contact Peggy Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-259-2601.
Volunteers Needed – Housing Commission
The Select Board is seeking interested volunteers for a new vacancy on the Housing Commission. As this is for one of the elected seats, this appointment will only be until the March 2022 election.
“The Housing Commission, which was established under the authority of Chapter 359 of the Acts of 1979, as presently constituted consists of three persons elected for a three year term and two appointed persons appointed for a term of five years each.
The Commission is responsible for studying the Town’s housing needs, particularly those of persons with low and moderate income, and for planning ways in which these may be met. It serves in place of a housing authority from which it differs in several ways. Most important is the fact that the Commission, unlike an authority, is not a separate entity in itself, has no power of eminent domain, and is subject to financial control by Town Meeting.
The Commission is responsible for the operation and maintenance of certain Town-owned houses.”
Letters of interest should be addressed to Select Board Chair Jonathan Dwyer and sent to Peggy Elder, Administrative Assistant in the Select Board’s Office, at email@example.com . For information or an application, please visit the Town website: www.lincolntown.org or call the Select Board’s Office at (781) 259-2601.
Want to help with maintaining affordable housing in Lincoln?
Read below to find out about The Lincoln Foundation and what you can do to help.
"THE LINCOLN FOUNDATION, INC. founded on March 29,2000
“The purposes of the corporation is to engage in the following activities:
To contribute to the preservation of a diverse stock of housing in the Town of Lincoln, to promote and develop affordable housing opportunities in the town, to cooperate with governmental agencies and private charitable organizations to preserve open space and protect the environment while increasing the availability of housing opportunities in the town for persons of limited financial means, to enhance the quality of life and community in the town, to preserve the essential values and characteristics of the Town’s rural heritage …”
At this point in time Lincoln has created two entities in addition to The Lincoln Foundation to support the creation and retention of affordable housing in Lincoln: The Housing Commission, The Affordable Housing Trust, and is able to make use of CPA funds to create and preserve affordable housing in Lincoln.
Currently, The Lincoln Foundations’ primary activity is to shepard the resale process of the affordable condominium units at Battle Road Farm and to make necessary decisions about resale price and deed restrictions in keeping with Massachusetts affordable housing guidelines. There is no fundraising required of board members.
We are looking for new members to join the board of The Lincoln Foundation as our numbers have dwindled do to attrition. We meet about 3 times a year. Helpful knowledge and skills for a board member could include: knowledge of current Massachusetts affordable housing laws, affordable housing deed restrictions, condo sales, ability to work with other town boards and commissions. However, the most important criteria is someone who wants to help keep the affordable condo units in Lincoln’s affordable housing stock.
Current LF boards members: Vicki Braithwaite, chair, Jack Holbrook, Terri Morgan
Past board member: Peter VonMertens
If you are interested in finding out more about The Lincoln Foundation and possibly helping with our efforts, please call or email Terri Morgan: 978-505-2049 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org