Brewster Housing Office

Located in the Planning Department, the Housing Office addresses community housing needs in Brewster.

Open Office Hours:
The Housing Coordinator holds open office hours on Mondays from 1-4PM for community members who have requests for assistance, questions, comments and ideas about affordable and community housing. The coordinator also meets with Brewster residents at other times. Please email or call to set up an appointment.

Brewster Housing Information Session:
This session, held March 22, 2018, provides an overview of Community Housing in Brewster including Brewster housing data, the Housing Production Plan, current strategies to address Brewster’s housing needs, local affordable housing options and the Brewster Affordable Home Buyers Buy-down Program. A full HD video is available at https://vimeo.com/262114420

Brewster Housing Production Plan:
This plan, approved by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in July 2017, describes demographics and housing needs in Brewster, as well as sets housing goals and implementation strategies for the Town. These goals and strategies guide the housing work focus in Brewster.
See the Brewster Housing Production Plan

Brewster Affordable Home Buyers Buy-down Program Ready Buyer List:
The Town of Brewster, through Community Preservation Funds, provides up to $30,000 of grant assistance for eligible buyers purchasing a home in Brewster. The program, contingent on existing funds, is available to households qualifying at 80% AMI (Area Median Income) who agree to place a permanent affordable housing deed restriction on the home. The grant assistance is provided as an interest free loan which is forgivable after 30 years. The Buy-down Ready Buyer List is now open. For eligibility requirements and further information, see the Brewster Affordable Home Buyers Buy-down Program Ready Buyer List Application

Affordable Home for Sale in Brewster:
A 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 889 square foot, affordable deed restricted condominium is for sale at $140,391, including $30,000 buy-down funds. See flyer for more details

Brewster Affordable Housing Trust.
On the May 7th Special Town Meeting Warrant, Brewster is proposing to establish the Brewster Affordable Housing Trust Fund, this is a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The purpose of the Trust is to provide for the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the Town of Brewster for the benefit of low and moderate income households and for the funding of community housing. A Housing Trust increases local control in creating, preserving and supporting community housing. For more information on the proposed Trust see: Link (attached above)
Presentation by Shelly Goehring of Mass Housing Partnership on Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts to the Select Board January 8, 2018  
Brewster Affordable Housing Trust Frequently Asked Questions 
Affordable Housing Trust Powerpoint Presentation

Millstone Road Land Parcel (98-12-0), Town owned 15.03 acres, Transfer of Property for Community Housing Purposes. Special Town Meeting Warrant Article #8
In 2005, Town meeting vote authorized the Board of Selectmen to investigate the transfer of this 15.03 acre parcel for Affordable Housing purposes. Investigation has included a survey, some limited deed wok and exploration of access to the parcel. This article would now transfer the parcel for community housing purposes. Please see the links below for more information on this process.
Information and Timeline on the History of the Millstone Land Parcel and Potential Next Steps
Millstone Land Parcel PowerPoint

Other Helpful Sites: Brewster Housing Authority, Brewster Housing Partnership, Community Preservation Committee.

Jill Scalise, Housing Coordinator
2198 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
Phone: 508-896-3701, Ext. 1169
Email: jscalise@brewster-ma.gov