Beginning in early 2019, SRPEDD began exploring the feasibility of establishing a Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO). An RHSO is a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional effort that provides for the proactive management and monitoring of affordable housing in communities. The RHSO concept comes from the experience that many communities already have in adequately managing and monitoring their affordable housing stock. In other words, RHSOs fill a common gap in housing planning by providing the expertise and staffing needed to manage and monitor affordable housing track on a continual basis.
SRPEDD, utilizing a combination of District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) funds and technical assistance from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership and working with staff from the Concord, MA-based Regional Housing Services Office, has piloted the concept with one community and is looking forward to presenting the results of these efforts with other communities in the region in the very near future.