Thursday, December 17, 2020

Town Council approves creation of Community Preservation Committee

It's official! 
 
Franklin Town Council unanimously passed the by-law to create the 9-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC) last night! Please tell your Town Council members THANK YOU!

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said last night he expects to announce applications for the four at-large seats will be available in January. The 5 boards which have standing representatives will also begin work to consider which of each committee's current members wishes to serve on the initial CPC. 

If you are considering applying for either an at-large seat or a board rep seat, please know that training will be available through the Town and our friends at the state coalition!

Two of the initial at-large seats will have one year terms, and two will have two year terms to stagger the terms. 
 
Applications will be reviewed by the Town Administrator and final appointments will be made by the Council. Watch for postings sometime next month. 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

CPA for Franklin Committee says "Thank you"

The CPA for Franklin Committee is both grateful and inspired by the vote to adopt the Community Preservation Act. Franklin is one of nine communities to pass the ballot issue, which will bring opportunities for historical preservation, set aside open space, enhance and build recreational areas, and create affordable housing.
 
Several steps will be taken in the coming year to implement Franklin’s CPA. The Town Council will enact a local bylaw and a Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will be formed. The state mandates that a designated representative must come from five town boards: the Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Housing Authority, the Conservation Commission, and the Board of Park Commissioners or other town recreation committee. 
 
In addition, four more members may be appointed from the public, local government, or other municipal boards or committees. The CPC will accept applications for review and recommendation. At least 10% of each year's fund must be set aside for historical preservation, open space/recreation and affordable housing. The remaining 70% can be designated for any eligible category under CPA.
 
We are confident that many in Franklin have the foresight and energy to propose projects that can be submitted to the CPC. Next year will be the beginning of welcome changes to Franklin.
 
Monique B. Doyle
Chair, CPA for Franklin
 
CPA for Franklin Committee says "Thank you"
CPA for Franklin Committee says "Thank you"

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Community Preservation Act passes!

 Ballot Question 3


YesNoBlanksTotal
Community Preservation Act11565737086219797

 

The unofficial election results for Franklin, MA as released Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 by the Town Clerk Nancy Danello

To download your copy
 
Community Preservation Act passes!
Community Preservation Act passes!

 
 

 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Franklin Voters: Election 2020 reminders

The early voting period completed Friday (Oct 30) at noon time.
 
If you have not sent in your mail ballot, please drop it off at the Municipal Building in the drive through (from 8 AM to 8 PM) or leave it in the dropbox at the Municipal Building.

If you plan on voting in person, all precincts vote in one location: Franklin High School. Parking should be available. It is a professional development day for the district, teachers may be around but no students.

Poll hours are from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. (Note: this is a change as most prior elections open at 6 AM but not this time. Plan accordingly.)

According to the Town Clerk, more than 50% of the registered Franklin voters have already cast their ballots (via mail or early vote) so while it will be busy (10,000 plus voters anticipated) it shouldn't be too crazy.

If you need information to prepare to cast an informed vote, the Franklin voters guide can be found here:  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/10/franklin-community-voting-guide.html

Info on Ballot Question 3 - Community Preservation Act can be found here

The "election collection" of all the posts from the Primary through today can be found here:  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/08/2020-election-collection.html



voting booths at FHS, taken during an observation period this weekend
voting booths at FHS, taken during an observation period this weekend

If you do have vision problems, there is a special machine to help you. Check with one of the election workers as you enter the high school 

there is a special machine to help you if you have vision problems
there is a special machine to help you if you have vision problems


 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Barry Kassler responds to James Gianotti Jr on the Community Preservation Act

I’d like to respond to the letter from James Gianotti, Jr. regarding the Community Preservation Act, or CPA, in Franklin.
 
First, Mr. Gianotti is right when he says that these are difficult times.  What he may not be aware of is that many CPA communities have used their CPA funds to create emergency housing assistance programs for people in their communities who have lost jobs due to the pandemic.  That would not have been possible without the CPA.
 
Mr. Gianotti states that the CPA would cost Franklin residents “thousands of dollars” each.  That’s off by a factor of at least ten.  The average homeowner in Franklin would pay $105 per year, or $26 per quarter.  There is nothing “hidden” here.  It will appear on tax bills on its own line, beginning next year.  Residents who are low-income, or who are moderate-income seniors, can apply for an exemption from the CPA tax.
 
Mr. Gianotti states that those of us who support Question 3 “consistently rely on the most optimistic estimate of how much funding the state will chip in. …This is probably going to be way off.”  In reality, the estimates of CPA revenue from the state have been conservative, and are realistic.  State CPA funding depends on money collected at the Registry of Deeds, and collections for this year have been consistent with pre-pandemic levels.
 
The CPA is a perfect way for a community to maintain and improve the quality of life for all of its residents.  Franklin is losing out on state funding which only goes to CPA communities.  We already pay into that fund, but get nothing back.  That will change when Franklin adopts the CPA.  Many of our neighboring towns have already done so, including Wrentham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Mendon.  In fact, over half of all Massachusetts cities and towns are now CPA communities.
 
I urge you to vote to adopt the CPA in Franklin by voting Yes on Question 3.
 
Barry Kassler
Franklin 



If you missed it, the Gianotti letter can be found here

 

Barry Kassler responds to James Gianotti Jr on the Community Preservation Act
Barry Kassler responds to James Gianotti Jr on the Community Preservation Act

“People see the opportunity to protect the best for our town"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"Among the questions on the general election ballot is one that is all about benefiting Franklin, supporters say.

The question asks Franklin voters to support adoption of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for Franklin -- a step that would allow the town to raise money for open space and historic preservation, recreation, and community housing by adding a 2 percent surcharge to property taxes.

If the initiative is approved, the town will join the ranks of 177 other Massachusetts towns that have also adopted the CPA. Additionally, it would make the town eligible for a portion of funds the state collects each year from fees on home sale transactions, to be used in tandem with surcharge funds raised by the town.

The proposed 2 percent surcharge -- minus an automatic $100,000 exemption on residential properties -- would cost about $105 per year for the average Franklin taxpayer. That is based on the town’s average home value of $460,000. Exemptions would be offered for low-income families and moderate-income seniors."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

 

“People see the opportunity to protect the best for our town"
“People see the opportunity to protect the best for our town"



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin Discussion - 10/22/20 (audio)

FM #374 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 374 in the series.

This session shares the conversation about the Community Preservation Act. The conversation was conducted on Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The voices you will hear in order of appearance will be that of mine, Monique Doyle, Roberta Trahan, and Susan Speers.

The show notes contain links to the Community Preservation Act webpage and other social media links. 

The conversation runs about 22 minutes.  Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/H1F15s2K


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Community Preservation Act web page  https://www.cpaforfranklin.org/ 

Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/cpaforfranklin 

Instagram account  https://www.instagram.com/cpa_for_franklin/ 

Twitter account  https://twitter.com/cpa_franklin 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin Discussion - 10/22/20 (audio)
Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin Discussion - 10/22/20 (audio)

Please vote Yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act

What’s your reason for living in #franklinma? Is it for the overall quality of life and a reasonable cost of living for your family?
It can be difficult for Franklin to balance all the needs and desires of residents and small businesses but CPA can help!

Please vote yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act and keep our open space, farmland, historic buildings, and housing that families and seniors can afford.

It’s about ALL of us— our entire community! 

Please vote Yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act
Please vote Yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act 


Monday, October 26, 2020

Some things are worth paying a small amount for

All the benefits of the #communitypreservationact come with a small cost for homeowners. The CPA surcharge is based on the assessed value of your home; for an average home the annual cost has been estimated to be about $105 ... about the price of a small cup of to-go java once a week.
Exemptions are offered to seniors of moderate income and other owners with low income based on the Boston region. If you feel this is a reasonable cost to pay for giving Franklin the ability to fund open space and recreation, historic preservation, and affordable housing, please vote YES on Question 3.

(and many thanks to Danny for the coffee for our volunteers on Sunday and for voting!) 

Some things are worth paying a small amount for
Some things are worth paying a small amount for


Community Preservation Act (CPA) can help Franklin address the affordable housing problem

Sticking with the topic of the need for housing here in Franklin, Question 3 has been endorsed by Judy Pond Pfeffer and most recently by Chris Vericker, both of whom have long years dedicated to improving the affordable choices for families and seniors in our community. 

Here's Chris's statement:

"As a member of the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust for the last fifteen years, I have seen that the need for affordable housing exceeds the supply in town.  As a citizen of Franklin, I urge you to vote Yes on Question 3 and pass the Community Preservation Act (CPA).  CPA funds will help preserve historic places, open spaces, and parks and recreation.  It will also add to the supply of community housing for seniors and families and help us help those who need it most." Chris E. Vericker

https://www.cpaforfranklin.org/p/endorsements.html 

Community Preservation Act (CPA) can help Franklin address the affordable housing problem
Community Preservation Act (CPA) can help Franklin address the affordable housing problem


Sunday, October 25, 2020

#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - old South Meeting House

The list of potential community projects which could be eligible for CPA funding is endless... but near the top of the list in the historical category is the stabilization of the 1856 South Meeting House. 
 
The current cost estimate to preserve the structure is over $1 Million. 
Bottom line: this is exactly the type of work that #CPA is designed to make possible. #voteyesquestion3 #franklinma

Links to most recent evaluations: 

New Report: The South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/20-0930_sfmh_existing_conditions_report_issued_2.pdf

Previous report in 2015  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/old_south_meeting_house_on_washington_street_1.pdf

 

#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - old South Meeting House
#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - old South Meeting House


 

 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - Affordable housing

One of the major community needs in our town is for housing choices that match the actual needs of residents. 

#CPA can help Franklin answer those needs and provide targeted choices that help people:
  • Funding for senior housing can help shorten the THREE YEAR waiting list.
  • Funding for needed family housing can shorten the painfully long waiting list for larger units.
  • Funding for all types of affordable housing could create veterans housing and units for people who need accessible units.
Please be part of the larger community and Vote YES on Question 3! 

The community room at Central Park Terrace
The community room at Central Park Terrace

 


#30benefitsofcpa 

If you would like to help raise awareness of CPA by holding signs

Ready to help? 

We are now urging our friends and supporters to take a visibility shift with either your official Question 3 lawn sign OR home-made signs. 

We are using the web app called "SignUp Genius" and have time slots and locations listed at the link below. 

Please WEAR A MASK, come with a family member or friend, and be sure to email us if you have questions.

If you are volunteering to help holding signs, please use this link to our Election Visibility form on SignUp Genius  https://www.signupgenius.com/.../10C0D48AEA722A3F5CE9...

If that doesn't work for you PLEASE EMAIL US AT CPA4FRANKLIN@GMAIL.COM.  

If you would like to help raise awareness of CPA by holding signs
If you would like to help raise awareness of CPA by holding signs

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

#30benefitsofcpaforfranklin - parks and recreation

Parks are a wonderful community asset and help us connect with each other. How do new residents or new parents connect with others? Franklin new moms still go out to tot lots and playgrounds to get their kids outdoors and meet other moms. 

Today the #NasonStreet playground is named in honor of #HenrySkiFaenza and the equipment has been refurbished. The beautiful maple trees are still gorgeous in fall. 

#voteforfranklinsfuture #voteforparks #voteforcpafunding 

To help get the word out, email cpa4franklin@gmail.com

#30benefitsofcpaforfranklin

NasonStreet playground
Nason Street playground

Henry 'Ski' Faenza
Henry 'Ski' Faenza

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

#30benefitsofcpaforfranklin - historical preservation

CPA funds an be used to protect and preserve not only historic buildings, but also the artifacts, photographs, period clothing in our museum's collections. 

The CPA has proven to be a way to maintain that elusive "community character" all around the state, in the 177 cities and towns which have adopted it. 

Many thanks to the volunteers at our Franklin Historical Museum and to the members of the Historical Commission who provided these photos. 

 

inside the Franklin Historical Museum
inside the Franklin Historical Museum

outside the Franklin Historical Museum
outside the Franklin Historical Museum


Monday, October 19, 2020

Representative Jeffrey N. Roy - Supports the Community Preservation Act (CPA)

Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin)
 “I strongly support question 3 and urge people to vote yes in favor of the Community Preservation Act (CPA).  A yes vote will allow Franklin to raise money that can be used to acquire, create and preserve open space, historic resources, community housing, and for recreational use. It also includes a significant State matching fund, which provides millions of additional dollars for CPA communities. It’s an effective investment that will make life better for our residents, and help with initiatives that build community, promote housing stability, and provide support for people of all ages."

 

(L-R) Melanie Hamblen, Susan Speers, and Rep Jeff Roy
(L-R) Melanie Hamblen, Susan Speers, and Rep Jeff Roy

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)

FM #365 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 365 in the series.

This shares the Community Preservation Act Webinar hosted by the CPAForFranklin group on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The webinar was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

This is the audio recording of the webinar. Links the presentation document and the webinar agenda doc are shared in the show notes.

The webinar runs about 66 minutes so let’s listen to the information shared in the webinar about the Community Preservation Act which is ballot question 3 for the Franklin, MA November election.

More about the CPAForFranklin group and the Community Preservation Act can be found at  https://www.cpaforfranklin.org/

Audio link =  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyV0fqFK


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The webinar agenda doc
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13SXYzw2QJidTitdOKVgrB8Le6I9kdC4x/view?usp=sharing

The main presentation doc
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_qVhDBTTr3FzfPL6AeftTNiVbAczGJXS/view?usp=sharing


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters" 
 
 
Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)
Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)

Community Preservation Act (CPA) webinar documents

The opening and closing slides for the webinar held Thursday evening, Oct 15. The audio and video are being processed for replay and will be shared as soon as available:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13SXYzw2QJidTitdOKVgrB8Le6I9kdC4x/view?usp=sharing

 

The main presentation document talked to by Stuart Saginor, Executive Director of the Community Preservation Coalition:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_qVhDBTTr3FzfPL6AeftTNiVbAczGJXS/view?usp=sharing

  

 

Community Preservation Act (CPA) webinar documents
Community Preservation Act (CPA) webinar documents

 

Support For CPA - Susan Speers (Audio)

Support For CPA - Susan Speers (Audio) 

Our thanks to Susan for taking time to do this for Franklin!

 

Link to document = https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTT7LzFwVRSaFd6l29DQ7_iAM9QdWieHqjBaReIC2JibfgadfV4bBnJlbHekF2mjnNSB8fpccr--NQ-/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Did you know? The CPA deep dive is tonight - Oct 15, 2020

Did you know... we will dive deep into the nitty gritty of how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works Thursday night in our webinar but here are three points to remember:

1. Every residential property is given a deduction for the first $100,000 of value before the CPA surcharge is calculated.

2. Moderate income seniors can apply for an exemption from the CPA surcharge

3. Low income families can apply for an exemption from the CPA surcharge

These three exemptions were chosen by our Town Council to minimize the impact on residents while gaining the benefits of CPA for our entire community.

But for that promised deep dive, please connect to our Zoom webinar Thursday night via your computer, tablet or phone. Details for connecting are posted in the Facebook Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/348059139868931

 
  • Download your copy of the flyer for the webinar 

 

 

 

Did you know? The CPA deep dive is tonight? Oct 15, 2020
Did you know? The CPA deep dive is tonight? Oct 15, 2020

 

Support For CPA - Barry Kassler (Audio )

Support For CPA - Barry Kassler (Audio )

Our thanks to Barry for taking time to do this for Franklin!

 

 

Link to document = https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSWZrhrG_OdTxZt4-hXOxt5rm_LSEHgd1Cm0qCbDtZCG16rrnrSwl6iAHKr6l_hGRUp4aoBSvtuUdvP/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Question of the day: "My concern is with the committee and selection process"

Question of the day: 
"My concern is with the committee and selection process… Any project the CPA panel selects should make sure the people and neighborhoods (affected) know about and approve of it. And do it before bringing it to the Town Council. Do mailings, social media, print news. Residents are getting tired of being blind sided. Otherwise, it seems OK. Anything to slow down development and preserve the character of the town. Good luck."

Answer: 

One of the criteria typically required of an applicant for CPA funding is to demonstrate community support for the project.  Typically, this consists of letters and committee votes in the relevant areas: i.e., if it’s a playground, a letter of recommendation from Recreation; if it’s a project to restore a Town-owned historic site, a vote of the Historical Commission along with a letter; if it’s a proposal to purchase property for open space, then a recommendation from the Open Space Committee and the Conservation Commission.

But letters of support from abutters are also important to the success of the application on projects which are going to directly impact a particular neighborhood, for example, the preservation of an open space parcel. 

Each town's Community Preservation Committee is required to hold an annual town-wide forum to get feedback from the public, to hear what projects are being considered and to find out what residents would like to see accomplished.  Often, the timeline for accepting applications is coordinated with the date of the annual forum, in order to facilitate an efficient approval process.  Because Franklin has a Town Council, it has a lot more flexibility on the timing than a Town Meeting town does.  This is particularly helpful when the Town needs to react quickly, as it would if a parcel of open space came up for sale. 

The bottom line is that it is called the Community Preservation Act for a reason: because it involves the community, rather than excluding it

 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com.  

Question of the day: "My concern is with the committee and selection process"
Question of the day: "My concern is with the committee and selection process"

 

Support for CPA - Mike Doherty (audio)

Support for CPA - Mike Doherty (audio)

Our thanks to Mike for taking time to do this for Franklin!

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Question of the Day: Is there really any open space left to save in Franklin?

Question of the Day: 
"Is there really any open space left to save in Franklin?"

Answer: 
Yes, Franklin does have many undeveloped parcels which are not currently protected in any way. Among the remaining privately owned open space are small farms, woodlots, and pockets of forest which today serve as buffers for wildlife and also contribute to scenic landscapes along roads all around Franklin. The private woodlots and small farms you see driving around are at risk of development just as so many have been over the past 50 years.

Franklin also still has hundreds of acres of land classified as Private Recreation, as well as farms and woodlots, on which the Town will have the right of first refusal if there is a change in use. These areas are enrolled in a state tax reduction program called Chapter 61. 

Franklin will be updating its last Open Space & Recreation Plan soon and the new plan can help guide decisions on how to invest the open space and recreation “bucket” of the Community Preservation fund. 
 
 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com

 
 
Open Space & Recreation Plan
Open Space & Recreation Plan

 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Question of the Day: "Will there be enough money raised to accomplish something?"

Question of the Day: 
“I don’t mind paying more on my taxes for saving open space, but I don’t want to pay more for the other uses. If money raised gets split up, will it really ever be enough to do anything with?”
Answer: 
If we adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) at the 2% surcharge, the Town of Franklin has estimated that the amount raised each year could be over $1 Million a year. Since the law requires that at least 10% of each year’s income is set aside for the three categories, there should be at least $100,000 added to the 3 “buckets” each year. 

The funds designated for a particular category of use can never be used for a different category and will accumulate in that “bucket” until a project is approved. 

Therefore, the funds designated for Open Space/Recreation (which together are one category) cannot be used to fund projects in other categories. The funds set aside for each use remain available for future projects in that category. 

Another option under CPA allows the Town to borrow against the future CPA revenue if there is an expensive proposal or multi-year on which the Town wishes to act.

After 10% is assigned each year to the three "buckets," the remainder is available to use for any type of project, with a small amount available for administering the CPA. This undesignated account is 70% each year.

Three years into CPA, each bucket would have at least $300K and there would be approximately $2.1M in the undefined bucket. 

If a project for Open Space required $5M to purchase available farm land, the $300K plus some of the $2.1M would be short to fund the full project. The Town could go to finance the remainder committing future CPA funds to this.

So the answer is yes, the funds would take a few years to accumulate but should be enough to fund projects.
 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com

 

"Will there be enough money raised to accomplish something?"
"Will there be enough money raised to accomplish something?"


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Question of the Day: "Doesn’t the Town have enough affordable housing for those who need it?"

Question of the Day: 
"Doesn’t the Town have enough affordable housing for those who need it?"

Answer: Actually, no, resoundingly no. According to the Franklin Housing Authority, the waiting list for both seniors and families is extremely long… and because there is so little turnover in the apartments we do have, the list keeps getting longer. 

Currently there are 1,252 applicants on Franklin’s one bedroom senior/disabled waiting list. We turn over about 15 units per year. We have 165 one bedroom senior/disabled units. Of the 1252 applicants, 29 are Veterans (some local) and an additional 63 are local applicants.

Franklin currently has 3,842 applicants on the Housing Authority's family waiting list. That’s right, 3,842. We have 33 units in our family stock. We have about 2 vacancies per year. Approximately 140 of these applicants are local applicants. Additionally, 57 more applicants are Veterans.

Another benefit to remember is that CPA funds can be used to help maintain our town's existing units. Recently, the Housing Authority got state funding to pay the largest part of a $2.5 Million renovation project on 40 units of senior housing. The State requires a match from other sources, and CPA funds could have helped the Town leverage the larger pot of state grant money. CPA can help tackle the cost of maintaining the units we already have.

 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com

 

The community room at Central Park Terrace
The community room at Central Park Terrace