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					                       Town of Arlington, Massachusetts
                   Community Development Block Grant Program

FY 2002 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
                   July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003


The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) summarizes the
utilization of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received by the Town of
Arlington from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the period
July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003. CDBG funds are approved on the basis that all programs
and projects proposed by the Town are consistent with the primary objective of Title I of the
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, which states that not less than
70 percent of CDBG funds received shall be used in accordance with the applicable requirements
to create the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a
suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of
low and moderate income.

CDBG funded activities are required to meet one of three national objectives: (1) the activity
principally benefits persons of low or moderate income; (2) the activity is designed specifically to
aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; and (3) the activity is intended to meet
other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a
serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community, where other financial
resources are not available to meet such needs. The CDBG funded programs and activities
undertaken by the Town of Arlington are in accordance with the applicable provisions and meet
national objective requirements.

The Community Development Block Grant funds, which are administered by the Department of
Planning and Community Development, have enabled the Town to meet the objectives set forth
in its Consolidated Plan. The Town of Arlington’s Consolidated Plan of 2000-2005 consists of a
Citizen Participation Plan, a Community Needs Assessment, a Five-Year Strategic Plan, and an
Annual Action Plan. The Annual Action Plan is updated each year and relates back to the goals
and objectives stipulated in the Consolidated Plan. In addition to using CDBG funds, the Town
of Arlington is part of the North Suburban Consortium, an intercommunity collaborative
consisting of the communities of Malden, Medford, Melrose, Everett, Revere and Chelsea, which
utilizes HOME funds as an additional resource.

The Town of Arlington is a suburban community situated six miles northwest of Boston.
Arlington covers an area of 3,518 acres, or 5.5 square miles, of which 286 acres are covered by
water and 261 acres are devoted to open space, parks and cemeteries. According to the 2000
federal census, Arlington had a total population of 42,389. Although the overall population of
Arlington declined by 5% between 1990 and 2000, the most important aspects of change were
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the shifts within the population itself. There were two significant increases in the population:
among young adults and among senior citizens. Within Arlington’s seven census tracts, the older
and more densely populated areas in the community (census tracts 3561, 3562 and 3563),
comprising much of East Arlington, have lower incomes, a less educated population, and the
largest share of public assistance or social security income.1 A considerable portion of CDBG
funds received by Arlington is used to benefit the young people and the elderly through a variety
of public service programs offered throughout the community. Using the 2000 Census data and
HUD’s Low/Mod Income Summary Data (Spring 2003), we can identify any neighborhood
service area that has a percentage of low and moderate-income families equal to or greater than
34.5 percent, thus making it eligible to receive CDBG assistance. Eleven block groups are
eligible for CDBG funding based on their low/moderate percentages.

Resources and Reporting:

The CDBG budget is prepared each year based on new funds expected to be received by HUD,
any remaining funds from completed projects to be reprogrammed, and the anticipated amount of
program income expected to be received during the program year. Although the entitlement
amount has varied over the years, it has remained fairly consistent for the last several years.

When preparing the budget, the Town is conscious of two particular statutory requirements.
First, the amount of monies available for all public service activities is not to exceed fifteen
percent (15%) of the entitlement grant. The second budget limitation is that not more than twenty
percent (20%) of the grant is to be allocated for planning and administrative activities. The Town
of Arlington has consistently met these budgetary requirements.

For the period July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003, the Town of Arlington had the following
funds available to complete the programs and projects stated in its fiscal year 2002 Annual
Action Plan:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
FY 2002 HUD Entitlement Funds                                                      $1,545,000.00

The Town of Arlington divides it’s funding among five major categories: Housing and
Rehabilitation, Public Services, Public Facilities and Improvements, Planning, and
Administration. Within these categories, monies are then allocated to various programs, projects
and activities designed to address the housing and community development needs of the Town.

The Town of Arlington utilizes HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS)
for maintaining and reporting Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs and
respective financial activities. In addition, the Town maintains its own general ledger accounts
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through an internal accounting system (MUNIS®) as well as maintaining a trial balance of the
CDBG account using a financial spreadsheet.

Leveraging Resources:

The Town of Arlington occasionally has opportunities to use CDBG funds as leverage for other
sources of funds. The following programs leveraged considerable dollars:

Affordable Housing - $735,000 private mortgage money (CSB) and $61,500 Private Fundraising
Community Outreach @ Thompson School - $9,000 Title 1 & $5,000 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Menotomy Manor Homework Support - $25,000 Mass D.O.E and $30,000 Medicaid
Recreation Scholarships - $3,000 CANS For Kids

Assessment of Goals and Objectives:

During fiscal year 2002, the Town of Arlington effectively used its Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support a variety of programs, projects, and activities designed to
address housing and community development needs throughout the Town. The accomplishments
of the Town were consistent with the high-priority community development and housing
objectives set forth in the Consolidated Plan. Priority initiatives included housing rehabilitation,
neighborhood and public facilities improvements, public services availability, and ADA
compliance as well as a number of other similar programs.

The Town of Arlington considers housing needs to be a high priority and seeks to improve the
quality of housing and increase opportunities available to low and moderate-income persons
through a number of programs. There exists a need to rehabilitate housing units, both public and
private, to accommodate the limitations of the elderly, to provide handicapped accessibility, and
to remove lead-based paint hazards. The Town of Arlington has conducted a home rehabilitation
program for over twenty years. The Arlington Home Improvement Loan Program (AHILP)
offers low interest and deferred loans to income eligible homeowners to make internal and
external improvements to their properties. The AHILP has been operating as a revolving loan
fund for the past eleven years during which time 222 loans have been issued to qualified

The Arlington Home Improvement Loan Program utilizes CDBG funds to improve and upgrade
the living conditions for low and moderate-income homeowners and occupants of one to four-
family structures. The program provides financial assistance of up to $25,000 for single-family
units and up to $30,000 for multi-family units. The loans enable the homeowner to make repairs
and correct violations of current building code standards that can be detrimental to the health and
safety of the occupants. During the period July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003, the Arlington
Home Improvement Loan Program provided a total of $218,400 in low interest (4%) or deferred
loans for housing rehabilitation assistance. These funds were used to rehabilitate owner-
occupied units and/or units for lease to income eligible households. During the program year, a
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total of 18 loans were issued; 5 loans were issued to households with low/mod-income status,
and 13 were issued to households with very low-income status. A total of 28 units were
rehabilitated--8 single-units and 10 multi-unit properties. No displacement of occupants
occurred as a result of these rehabilitation projects and no other public or private funds were used
for this program.

The Town considers its public facilities a high priority and uses CDBG funds to revitalize
neighborhoods and improve facilities through numerous efforts. These efforts include the
upgrading of parks and playgrounds with handicapped accessible entrances, replacing
deteriorating sidewalks and curbing in CDBG target neighborhoods, improving streetscapes,
providing access for the disabled to both publicly and privately owned buildings, and preserving
historical resources.

The Town of Arlington also considers public services and social services a high priority. The
Town seeks to improve the quality of life for all citizens through a network of social service
providers, as well as Town-provided services and private, nonprofit agencies. Various resources
are available to the Town’s population through outreach, counseling and support programs. The
Town utilizes CDBG funds to provide a broad range of services to those in need.

The Town’s Department of Human Services offers assistance through an assortment of programs.
Programs provide various counseling services including individual, group and family therapy,
emergency services, crisis intervention services, support groups and referral services. The Fox
Community Center provides a facility for counseling services, health screenings, health clinics,
and training classes as well as permanently housing the Board of Health, Veterans’ Services and the
Arlington Food Pantry. There is also a Veterans’ Services Office that oversees an Assistance
Program that provides monetary aid to help offset the costs of utilities for persons experiencing
temporary financial hardship.

Many of the programs offered are aimed at protecting and enriching the lives of the children of
Arlington. The Arlington Youth Consultation Center (AYCC) is a full service counseling and
referral agency. Approximately 275 people seek help at the AYCC throughout the year.
Statistically, ninety percent of AYCC clients are from low-income families in Arlington. In
addition, a high percentage of AYCC clients live in single-parent homes. Substance abuse,
family violence, depression and suicidal tendencies, physical and sexual abuse, and poverty are
typical problems that bring Arlington families to AYCC. The families receive help through
individual, group, and/or family-counseling sessions with professionally trained staff. Young
children get help through play therapy and sand therapy sessions with the staff. The goal of the
counseling work is to help families improve their lives in some way, whether to change what
they can change, or to cope better with what they cannot change.

Opportunities for the young people of Arlington are available through various recreational,
social, educational and work programs. These include several income eligible based scholarship
programs for participation in activities offered through the Arlington Recreation Department, the
Arlington Boys & Girls Club, the Arlington High School Athletic Department, and Fidelity
House. There is also a youth employment program for high school students and an outreach and
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support program for the Menotomy Manor community which pairs community service persons to
work with the students at the Thompson School.

Social, educational, health and transportation programs are available to the elderly. The Council
on Aging (COA) operates a multipurpose Senior Center and provides additional services for the
elderly and physically disabled such as the Meals-on-Wheels Program, the Dial-A-Ride
Transportation Program, and the Adult Day Health Center through the Arlington Seniors
Association, Cooperative Elder Services, and Minuteman Home Care.

The Council on Aging (COA) also offers health and wellness programs that focus on serving frail
elders. Various programs and clinics are held throughout the community making it possible for
more elders to be reached. In addition, the Council on Aging continues to offer intake and
referral services as well as direct client care. The Coordinator of Volunteers, a COA staff person,
is responsible for planning and conducting a program of recruitment and training of volunteers
who provide services throughout the community. The Coordinator has established a telephone
reassurance program that calls over thirty clients on a weekly basis to ensure their safety and
comfort, and is credited with successfully reintroducing the ―Friendly Visitor‖ program. The
Coordinator of Volunteers is also responsible for ensuring that all senior programs are properly
implemented and supervised.

Another way that the Town of Arlington assesses and addresses the needs of its residents is
through a program known as Vision 2020. Vision 2020 is a CDBG funded comprehensive long-
range planning process created to promote a mutual understanding between Town officials and
the citizens of the Town of Arlington. Vision 2020 was formed in 1990 as an active partnership
of Townspeople, public officials, and Town employees who work on matters important to life in
Arlington. With an appreciation of Arlington’s past, Vision 2020 is dedicated to ensuring that
issues important to Arlington’s future are studied, acted upon, and resolved in a timely process
that is strategic, creative, collaborative and fact based. Each year every household (19,000)
receives an annual statement and questionnaire about the Town to foster participation. Since its
creation, over 4,500 persons have voluntarily participated in some facet of Vision 2020.

In 1990, as part of the Vision 2020 process, a Steering Committee of elected and appointed Town
leaders and residents launched a two-year exploration of Arlington’s rich history of
achievements, and its methods of operating. Using Town-wide focus groups, participants
identified Town strengths and areas exemplifying those values that Arlington would want to be
known for in the future. As a result, “Articles of Our Common Purpose,” emerged and were
later refined by input from more than 1,400 residents “A Proud Past, A Focused Future,”
became a formal Committee of the Town and succeeded the original Steering Committee.

The articles became Goals for the Town and were adopted by Town Meeting in 1993 as a bylaw.
These goals, in the areas of Business, Communication, Community and Citizen Service, Culture
and Recreation, Diversity, Education, Environment, Fiscal Resources, and Governance are
considered as the Town goes about its business. The goals, central to the work of Vision 2020
and its Task Groups, including a high school student group, provide the basis for Vision 2020’s
outreach of community participation. The Standing Committee monitors and administers this
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work and ensures that important issues are discussed broadly and openly, involving as effective
and strategic methods as possible.

Inquiries about Vision 2020’s methods, structure, and processes have come from a number of
other communities who see Vision 2020 as an example of a group that empowers people to work
within their government for solutions to contemporary problems. During the next year, Vision
2020 will continue to explore key issues that may impact Arlington’s future and continue to
reach out to the community to encourage participation.

The Town of Arlington has worked to successfully meet the goals of its Consolidated Plan. The
Town’s use of CDBG funds corresponds to the priorities and objectives identified in the Annual
Action Plan. A majority of the projects were completed at the end of the program year. Any
funds that were not expended during the program year will be carried forward into fiscal year

Fair Housing:

The Town of Arlington is committed to serving the housing needs of its residents and of persons
exploring housing options in Arlington. The Arlington Fair Housing Advisory Committee
(AFHAC) and the Fair Housing Office actively promote and implement a number of activities
and programs to ensure fair housing opportunities in Arlington.

Services provided by the Fair Housing Office consist of information resource and referral
coordination with other agencies and departments in addressing individual concerns and meeting
particular needs. Individuals including tenants, landlords, homebuyers, and realtors who may
have a variety of housing concerns are encouraged to contact the Fair Housing Office.

The Fair Housing Office initiated an extensive outreach to Arlington’s METCO families this past
year regarding the availability of Arlington housing both affordable and market rate. This
outreach resulted in three applications for affordable rental housing.

The Fair Housing Director serves as the liaison to groups, agencies, and organizations outside the
Town with respect to fair housing matters. Discussions with these various groups/organizations
revealed that the primary impediment to increasing the minority population in Arlington remains
affordability and the perception that Arlington is not a diverse community. The Town continues
to address these issues.

The Fair Housing Office provides consultation and guidance to those who sense they have
experienced housing discrimination. They are provided with information about filing formal
complaints with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Other complaints are either mediated
by the Fair Housing Director or referred to other authorities or agencies as appropriate. In
keeping with the goals and objectives of the Town’s fair housing policy, educational materials
and outreach efforts to targeted groups and the general public are designed, implemented, and
disseminated through the Fair Housing Office.
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The Town completed an ―Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.               The report
discusses the obstacles to fair housing- namely affordability and the Town’s lack of ethnic
diversity. The report also shows that there are no outstanding complaints or compliance reviews
where there has been a finding of discrimination. The vast majority of inquiries received by the
Fair Housing Office relate to rent increases and housing safety.

Actions to address affordability and diversity include a major effort to increase the number of
affordable units in Arlington and continue outreach to area employers, business owners and
realtors and organizations serving minority populations.

Affordable Housing:

Housing issues are affected by the strong real estate market in Arlington and surrounding
communities. This is partially a result of changes in population. While Arlington’s total
population decreased slightly between 1990 and 2000 (44,630 to 42,389), the number of
households increased (18,819 to 19,011). This occurred because household size decreased from
2.36 to 2.22 members. Consequently, the number of households looking for housing has
increased. Within this ten-year period the rental vacancy rate dropped to 2% from 3.3%.
Arlington is not unique in this regard, but rather mirrors larger demographic changes in the entire
area. This change in demand without a congruent change in supply has helped to push prices up
for land and existing housing. As a result, prices for both buyers and renters far exceed the
means of low and moderate-income families and individuals.

The 2000 US census noted that approximately 39% of Arlington families have incomes below
80% of median income. A family at 80% of median income can afford a house in Arlington that
is roughly ½ the price of the average median single family home, which is approximately
425,000. According to the 2000 census, 34% of renters use more than 30% of their income for

The Housing Director, along with the Affordable Housing Task Force, the Fair Housing
Advisory Committee, and the Department of Planning and Community Development, are
bringing together resources and knowledge to identify solutions that can work for Arlington.

The nonprofit Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) launched a program to purchase two
family homes in the spring of 2001. Acquired units are rented to qualified low-income families.
CDBG, HOME, and Cambridge Savings Bank provide financing for the purchases. The program
has had great success in a short period of time. As of June 30, 2003, the HCA owns eighteen
(18) rental units, all occupied by low and moderate-income families. Four (4) of these units were
purchased this past year.

The Housing Director also implemented a program for low and moderate-income first time
homebuyers this past year. Six units were allotted to the Town as a result of an affordable
housing zoning requirement adopted by Town meeting in 2001. A seventh unit was purchased
by the Town, as part of a redevelopment project. The Town moved this unit to a new site where
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it was renovated and sold to an income eligible first time homebuyer. All units have deed
restrictions on resale price to guarantee long-term affordability.

In addition to the Town receiving CDBG and HOME funds for assistance with housing issues,
the Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) also receives Federal and State funds to address housing
needs. As an independent and quasi-municipal agency, the AHA is charged by statute with
providing safe and affordable housing for eligible persons.

The Arlington Housing Authority offers housing programs that provide either direct housing in
government owned developments or subsidized housing in privately owned dwellings. The AHA
manages 1,158 housing units, of which 520 units are available for elderly and/or handicapped
residents and 176 units are designated for family housing. The Housing Authority administers
449 Section 8 vouchers and certificates, in addition to Massachusetts Rental Vouchers, to allow
qualified participants to reside in privately owned dwellings throughout the community. These
certificates and vouchers assist recipients to meet the growing rent increases experienced in
Arlington over the past three years. The AHA applied for and received permission to pay
additional ―exceptional rent‖ subsidies, thereby allowing certificate and voucher holders to be
more competitive in obtaining housing during the recent surge of fair market rents in the area.

Future certificates and vouchers furnished to the AHA from HUD will be based upon the Family
Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS). The goal of this program is to help families become
independent of public assistance within a five to seven year period through educational
development as well as technical, trade, and vocational skills training. The FSS strategy is to use
housing as a stabilizing force so families are able to invest energy in efforts necessary to achieve
self-sufficiency. Through the FSS program, successful participants may even have portions of
future rent increases placed into escrow accounts that will become available to them upon
completion of the program.

Elderly and handicapped housing units are found in five developments: the Robert Hauser
Memorial Building, Drake Village, Chestnut Manor, Winslow Towers, and Gerald J. Cusack
Terrace. Menotomy Manor is a family housing development with both duplex and multi-unit
buildings. The AHA also sponsors the Francis M. Donnelly Residence, a residential home for
thirteen developmentally disabled adults. These developments are located in various areas
around Town. Each development has its own Tenant Association. Officers are elected by the
tenants, thus creating a self-governing community. Tenant Associations sponsor a variety of
events throughout the year to fund their programs. In an effort to bring the AHA and its
decisions closer to tenants, the AHA Board of Commissioners conducts many of its meetings at
the various development locations. This allows the opportunity for more tenant input and
provides a forum for open discussion of issues relating to living in the housing facilities.

The Town is currently addressing housing needs by finding ways to increase the stock of
affordable housing in Town through various other programs. Since 1991, Arlington has been a
member of the North Suburban Consortium (NSC) which is comprised of seven contiguous
communities located north of Boston—Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Everett, Chelsea
and Revere. These member communities focus their cooperative efforts to maintain and create
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affordable housing for all low-income residents in their region. In its efforts to provide
affordable housing, the Town offers assistance to first-time homebuyers through the North
Suburban Consortium utilizing HOME program funding. The first-time homebuyer program
consists of a basic six-week counseling program, which combines intensive pre-purchase group
education with the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals in the home buying field, as
well as access to special mortgage financing programs and other financial services for income
eligible buyers. Through this program, Arlington provides counseling and training to low and
moderate income prospective first-time homebuyers to find housing options which meet their
needs affordably and safely. The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) certifies this
program, and the Homebuyer Counseling Certificate that is received can be used Statewide. In
addition, the Consortium has made a significant contribution to the Town’s efforts to acquire and
subsidize rental properties.

Continuum of Care:

Although, there is not a significant homeless population in Arlington, there are cases of
temporary homelessness that are caused by financial difficulties, family problems, issues of
mental health or issues of substance abuse or domestic violence. Many homeless persons are
unable to find suitable housing or have nearby supportive services to maintain a long-term
residence. In some cases, victims choose to stay with family members or friends.

There are no emergency shelters that exist in Arlington. However, there are a number of
emergency shelters in surrounding communities that serve Arlington residents. These include
Bristol Lodge and Meadow House in Waltham; Passages, a homeless shelter in Somerville; Short
Stop, an adolescent shelter in Somerville; Concord Assabet, an adolescent shelter with locations
in Watertown, Lexington, Malden and Everett; the Hildebrand Family Shelter in Cambridge; and
the YMCA in Cambridge. There were seven Arlington residents who used Bristol Lodge in
Waltham in 1999 and two persons in 2000. These Arlington residents ranged in age from 31-68
and were homeless primarily due to financial difficulties. In addition, the Multi-Service Center
for the Homeless in Cambridge refers Arlington residents to two family shelters in Cambridge-
The Hildebrand Family Shelter, which has two locations, and the YMCA. There have been five
Arlington residents who have used these shelters and there are currently six residents being
followed for case management. There is also a preventative program called the Homelessness
Intercept Program (HIP), which is under the Department of Housing and Community
Development (DHCD) and is responsible for providing housing search services for these persons.

The length of stay in these emergency shelters is short-term during which time the individual’s
situation is evaluated and he or she is either returned home or a determination for longer-term
placement is made. In the case of homelessness, the person would receive assistance with
housing search services, or depending on their needs, be placed in a long-term or permanent

There are also a number of shelter homes for special population groups located in Arlington.
These are open to statewide placements and include long-term residences for persons with
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developmental, physical and mental disabilities, residences for those with psychiatric histories, a
residential treatment program for adolescent girls, a transitional shelter for adolescents, a
residence for adult males who have a substance abuse history, several boarding houses and
various other short-term facilities. They include:


23 Maple Street – The Community Intervention Program (CIP) is located at 23 Maple Street in
Arlington. CIP, under the jurisdiction of Northeast Family Institute, is a transitional program for
up to ten adolescents who are in the Department of Mental Health (DMH) system. Adolescents
stay at CIP for 30–45 days, often in a post-hospitalization stay, while a determination about
longer-term placement is made.


12 Prescott Street – This is a home run by Wayside that serves 8-10 older adolescents/young
adults between the ages of 17–25 who have psychiatric histories. Placement is not permanent,
but can be long-term.

8 Wellington Street – This is a residence run by the Salvation Army that houses 21 adult male
residents who have a substance abuse history. The residents are required to have successfully
completed a one-year detoxification program. Placement is not permanent, but can be long-term.
This shelter is officially defined as a boarding house.

12 Russell Terrace and 22 Fessenden Street – Caritas Communities operates two rooming
houses in Arlington. Nineteen low-income residents and one resident house manager reside at 12
Russell Terrace. There are 15 units at the 22 Fessenden Street location. Residents have to be able
to afford rent and have good character and credit references. A house manager oversees the
operations of the rooming houses, and the residents are expected to function independently.
Residents’ stay varies from one month to several years.

7 Wyman Street – This is a privately funded residence that houses ten adults ranging in age
from 20–40. They have developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental disabilities.
Most of them are able to work. They receive a very small amount of state money from the Adult
Foster Care.

998 Massachusetts Avenue – This is a residence owned by the Arlington Housing Authority but
is run by Eliot Community Human Services. It is a permanent housing facility for adults with
mental retardation. There are 13 residents with 24-hour supervision that currently live in the
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Germaine Lawrence School – This is a residential school housing 35-40 adolescent girls who
have experienced severe emotional and psychiatric trauma in their lives. The girls reside in
neighborhood homes owned by the Germaine Lawrence School and attend school on the campus
grounds. The average stay for a girl is 1–2 years.

16 Browning Road – This is a group home funded by the Department of Mental Retardation
(DMR) and run by the Cooperative for Human Services. It offers permanent housing for three
mentally retarded men in a supervised environment.

44 School Street – This is a home run by Nexus and provides permanent housing for six
mentally retarded men placed by the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) from Arlington
as well as surrounding Towns. It is a 24-hour a day-supervised program with clients attending
day programs at the Kelliher Center.

Referrals to or placement in these shelters comes from agencies such as the Department of Social
Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Department of Mental
Retardation (DMR). All of these agencies have an office in Arlington and referrals are for
Arlington residents as well as persons living in the surrounding cities and Towns. The shelters
are generally managed by private social service agencies and may receive funding from DMH,
DMR or other state agencies.

Social service programs in Town provide counseling, including financial counseling, legal
referrals and shelter referrals. Many of these social service programs that are provided by
agencies in Arlington indirectly contribute to the prevention of homelessness and address the
special needs of persons who are not homeless by offering services to low income persons and
families that assist them to function better in society and prevent them from experiencing a crisis
that would create such a dire situation. A network of social service providers, Town-provided
services and private nonprofit agencies, help those in need by striving to improve the quality of
life for individuals and families within the community.

Other Actions:

There exists a need to rehabilitate housing units, both public and private, to accommodate the
limitations of the elderly, to provide handicapped accessibility, and to remove lead-based paint
hazards. Elderly homeowners in Arlington face particular housing problems. As residents
become elderly or experience some other reason for decrease in mobility, they often find their
homes need modifications such as retrofitted baths, installation of ramps, grab bars, etc.
Assistance provided by the Arlington Home Rehabilitation Office and the Arlington Home
Improvement Loan Program has enabled the elderly and handicapped to stay out of expensive
care facilities and live safely and independently at home.

Adaptability of housing for persons with disabilities is also a priority. The Director of the
Arlington Home Rehabilitation Office is also the Town’s ADA Coordinator and is dedicated
through the efforts of his office and the Commission on Disabilities, to offering assistance to
persons with disabilities. Since its appointment in 1993, the Arlington Commission on Disability
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has provided information, referral, guidance, coordination, and technical assistance to Arlington
officials, public and private agencies, residents, and organizations to ensure that people with
physical, sensory, cognitive, and other disabilities have equal access to Town facilities, services,
and programs. The Commission continues to focus on and monitor a number of ongoing,
important access issues. The Town has made progress in providing effective parking for disabled
persons and ensuring that accessibility issues in school facilities meet the parameters of the
American with Disabilities Act. The Arlington Disabilities Office, in concert with the
Commission, manages resolution of citizen concerns and complaints. Meetings are open to the
public and citizens are encouraged to attend and voice their concerns.

There is also a concern for the well being and housing stability of our senior citizens. Elderly
residents or those on fixed incomes are finding it difficult to keep up with housing costs and to
maintain their properties in order to live comfortably and safely. Elderly homeowners have a
cost burden because a significant amount of them are paying more than fifty percent of their
income for housing. This has a serious impact on the issue of affordable housing. To meet the
needs of the elderly, the Town has formed an Assisted Living Task Force and has worked with
various developers to build or rehabilitate a site into an assisted living facility.

The Town also has a Weatherization Assistance Program, which is managed by the Arlington
Home Rehabilitation Office. The Menotomy Weatherization Assistance Program, funded
through the U.S. Department of Energy, provides energy conservation assistance to low-income
homeowners and tenants in Arlington. The program is designed to increase energy efficiency
and comfort in the home while reducing heating costs. The program focuses on weatherization
improvements and heating system repairs and/or replacement, system cleaning, tune-ups and
safety checks, including carbon monoxide testing. All work is completed by certified or licensed
contractors and is inspected by trained Town personnel who complete home energy surveys and
ensure quality and compliance with required standards. During the program year, weatherization
assistance was provided to 38 Arlington households, which included 11 elderly households, and
3 households with a handicapped resident.

According to the Department of Public Health, there is not a demonstrable lead paint hazard in
Arlington. Residents seeking to remove lead-based paint are referred to the Massachusetts
Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), which offers low-interest loans for lead paint removal. The
Arlington Home Improvement Loan Program also offers low-interest (4%) loans to income
eligible homeowners requesting lead paint removal for owner or tenant-occupied units.

Citizen Participation:

The Town holds several public hearings throughout the CDBG funding cycle and encourages
citizen participation to help address the needs of its residents. Notifications for these public
hearings are published in the local newspaper and posted in various public places as well as
distributed to current CDBG recipients and placed on the Town of Arlington’s web site to
encourage all interested persons to attend the public hearings.
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The first public hearing held before the Board of Selectmen is intended to obtain views and
opinions from citizens, public agencies, and other interested parties on housing and community
development needs in the Town and focus on the effectiveness of programs and activities
currently underway. The Town then holds a second public hearing before the Board of
Selectmen to receive proposals for funding. Various departments, social service agencies,
nonprofit organizations, Town boards and commissions, and citizens of the general public
present proposals for programs or projects that they feel would serve a need in the community.

Each proposal is reviewed and tested against HUD’s eligibility criteria. The requests for funding
are reviewed based upon eligibility, need, past performance, and consistency with the Town’s
goals set forth in its Consolidated Plan. A summary of the proposals and a preliminary budget is
prepared and brought before the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager to be finalized and
adopted. The final plan for funding is then presented for endorsement to Town Meeting, a 252
member elected legislative body representing all twenty-one precincts in the Town. This
procedure provides substantial public input into the decision-making process.

Citizen Comments:

Notification of the availability of the Town of Arlington’s Fiscal year 2002/2003 Consolidated
Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), for public review and comment, will
appear in The Arlington Advocate on October 2nd and October 9th 2003. Any comments
received, written or otherwise will be submitted to HUD under separate cover by October 17,


This has been the twenty-eighth consecutive year that the Town of Arlington has received
Community Development Block Grant funds. Over the years, the Town has looked carefully at
all the programs and the general policies in effect within the Town, and has tried to create a more
viable community. Arlington has consistently directed over ninety percent of its CDBG
allocation to directly benefit the low and moderate-income residents of the Town.

Through the Town’s housing and rehabilitation programs, it has continued to improve the quality
of the housing stock and has made remarkable progress in the pursuit of affordable housing.
Social service programs are a vital part of the Town’s overall goal of providing the elderly and
youth an opportunity to participate in programs and activities that preserve and enhance their
quality of life. Over the years, the Town of Arlington has been committed to improving public
facilities and has renovated and upgraded numerous parks and playgrounds throughout Town in
addition to replacing sidewalks and curbing in various neighborhoods. The Town has made
efforts to comply with ADA requirements in both public and private buildings and facilities and
has provided handicapped access to various recreation areas around Town. The Town of
Arlington will continue with its comprehensive planning efforts to meet the goals and vision of
the Town.
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