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 Wednesdays 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.
General Brewster Housing Information
Brewster Demographics and Housing History:
This short slide presentation prepared by Mass Housing Partnership’s Center for Housing Data visually depicts information on Brewster’s population and housing. See the presentation
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 Community Housing Forum:
This session, held May 2019, provides an overview of Community Housing in Brewster including Brewster housing data, the Housing Production Plan, current strategies to address Brewster’s housing needs and local affordable housing options and the Brewster Affordable Home Buyers Buy-down Program. A full HD video is available at https://vimeo.com/339410155
Brewster Housing Initiatives
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
Habitat for Humanity Paul Hush Way:
Six affordable homes have been built on Paul Hush Way, off Tubman Road. CPA funding assisted in the purchase of the land and construction of the homes. Construction for Phase Two of the Habitat Build, 8 additional 2 & 3 bedroom affordable homes begins in August 2019.
Brewster Affordable Housing Trust:
The 2018 Special Town Meeting authorized the creation of 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. The Trust normally meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30PM.
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Bylaw:
At Brewster’s December 3, 2018 Town Meeting, residents voted to amend the ADU and ACDU Zoning Bylaws. Amending the bylaws was both a strategy listed in the Housing Plan and a step identified in the Vision Plan Housing Goal. The amended by-laws aim to allow greater opportunities for ADUs, including by right, and ACDUs thus providing more year round rental options and home ownership opportunities. Information regarding steps to create an ADU can be found in the Building Department.
On the Horizon
Brewster Woods, which received a Comprehensive Permit from the Brewster ZBA, will house 30 one, two and three bedroom affordable apartments as well as a community room, laundry and management office. The rental apartments will be located off Brewster Road on 5.8 acres of Brewster Housing Authority owned property. A date for construction has not yet been set.
Millstone Road Land Parcel
A May 2018 Special Town Meeting vote authorized the Board of Selectmen to transfer the 15.03 acre owned parcel for community housing purposes. Additionally, May 2018 Town Meeting also authorized the use of CPA funds to acquire a 1.58 parcel which connects the Town owned parcel to Millstone Road. The Town is exploring potential development of this property for community housing and is providing opportunities for community input. A second community engagement session is scheduled for 6PM on Thursday November 7, 2019 at Town Hall.
Please see the links below for more information on this process.
Jill Scalise, Housing Coordinator
2198 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
Phone: 508-896-3701, Ext. 1169