About the AHT
The Affordable Housing Trust is a group of volunteer residents who work to assure that housing options are available to community members at any income level. The Trust undertakes programs and pursues policies that aim to address the community's affordable and fair housing needs. The Trust oversees the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which is used for its programs. The Trust is assisted by the staff of the Department of Planning & Economic Development and receives most of its financial support from the Town's Community Preservation Fund.
Emergency Rental Assistance Grants
The Trust is working with the non-profit group Metro West Collaborative to provide temporary grants for Easton renters who have lost income during the ongoing pandemic and recession. Applicants should have income below 80% Area Median Income and should not be receiving other government rental assistance. The monthly grant payment will be made directly to the landlord, who will need to sign a participation agreement with Metro West and the tenant.
Grant amounts are $800 for a 1-bedroom, $900 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,000 for a 3-bedroom. The temporary monthly grants last for 3 months.
The first round of grants began September 1, 2020. Participants may be eligible for additional months of assistance upon income recertification and funding availability. Metro West is accepting applications from both current participants and new participants through the end of May 2021. Monthly grants will end for participants based on when they enrolled and whether they were re-certified; the program ends July 31 2021.
Anyone interested in in the program should contact Robyn Rufo at Metro West directly for program details (Robyn@metrowestcd.org or 617-923-3505 x 5). Applications are received and qualified on a rolling, first-come first-served basis until funds are fully committed.
First-time Homebuyer Downpayment Grants
The Trust offers down-payment grants for income- and asset-eligible first-time homebuyers to buy a market-rate house or condo in Easton which then becomes permanently affordable as a condition of the grant. A pre-approval letter for a 30-year fixed-interest-rate mortgage that is subordinate to an affordability restriction is required as part of the application. Participants must be first time homebuyers (with some exceptions). Click here for full information and application details.
The Town Maintains a List of Housing Resources for:
- People looking for an affordable home
- Those facing foreclosure
- People with disabilities
- People seeking help with utility bills
Click here for a printable brochure.
Trust Members & General Information
|Jennifer Stacy||Member (Select Board Rep.)||2022|
For further information, please contact the Department of Planning & Economic Development.