For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2020
HELP DETERMINE HOUSING GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR LYNN
Residents encouraged to participate in an online open house in May to give input on the future of housing in Lynn
LYNN – Help the City of Lynn develop a community-driven plan to promote housing opportunity for all!
The City and the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development, with the support of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), are setting housing goals and policies through “Housing Lynn: A plan for inclusive growth.”
Based on community input on housing challenges in Lynn provided this past fall and winter, the project team has drafted housing goals and strategies to advance them. Your voice is needed to ensure these objectives are responsive to the needs of all corners of this diverse community, including renters and homeowners, families and those living alone, and folks of different ages, backgrounds, and income levels.
In light of the social distancing needed during the COVID-19 outbreak, an online open house will launch beginning Friday, May 22, at 9 a.m., to provide the community the opportunity to review analysis of housing challenges and give input on a vision for the future of Lynn’s housing, housing goals, and strategies to advance them. The open house will be live for approximately two weeks, until Monday, June 8, at 5 p.m., to give residents time to engage in this phase of the Housing Lynn process. You can participate here:
“Moving forward with the work on this plan is especially challenging during this unprecedented time, but now more than ever do we, as a community, need to focus on those with vulnerable housing situations,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee. “I encourage all residents to participate in this virtual open house and continue to provide their input in this important process.”
Feedback via the open house, in addition to analysis of housing needs and development constraints and opportunities, will inform plan recommendations. Following the open house in June, there will be a webinar for residents to hear from and ask questions of experts in market-rate and Affordable Housing development. Later in the process, there will be engagement around zoning for residential development that advances plan goals and then the opportunity to give input on the plan itself.
“The Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development with this administration has worked diligently over the last year to engage residents to address our housing needs, and we remain committed to this process and hearing from everyone,” said Charles Gaeta, LHAND Executive Director. “These opportunities for community input are critical to shaping the right plan for the city.”
More information about Housing Lynn and this online open house can be found at the plan website: mapc.org/housing_lynn. Residents can participate in the open house here:
For more information about the project, contact Karina Milchman, Chief of Housing + Neighborhood Development at MAPC, email@example.com or Jeff Weeden, of the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.