Brewster Housing Accomplishment

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has certified the Brewster Housing Production Plan (HPP). This means Brewster has met the plan’s goal of permitting 24 affordable housing units in one year. The approval of the Brewster Woods rental development fulfilled this requirement. With this certification from the state, Brewster is presently in “safe harbor.” Therefore, if a 40B comprehensive permit project is filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), the ZBA may choose to deny the comprehensive permit.

Brewster’s Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI), which lists state approved affordable housing units, is now 6.08%. Massachusetts requires each town to have 10% of their year-round housing stock be affordable. Brewster has added 42 affordable units to our SHI in the past 18 months. Twelve of the units are homes which have been built, purchased and occupied. Thirty are rental units which have been permitted but not yet built. Brewster also expects Habitat for Humanity to begin construction on an additional eight affordable homes in 2019.

For more information, contact Jill Scalise, Brewster Housing Coordinator at jscalise@brewster-ma.gov or 508-896-3701 ext. 1169