AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF MANSFIELD TO ESTABLISH AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. The town of Mansfield may establish a separate fund to be known as the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the purpose of creating or preserving affordable housing by (a) the town of Mansfield or the Mansfield Housing Authority, (b) the Mansfield Housing Corporation or a housing trust, community development corporation, non-profit housing development corporation, or similar entity created under the laws of the commonwealth for the purpose of creating, maintaining or operating affordable housing, or (c) an applicant for affordable housing funds to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or the department of housing and community development, subject to the subsequent approval of funding by that agency. Expenditures from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund shall be authorized by a majority vote of the board of selectmen, in consultation with the Mansfield Housing Partnership.
SECTION 2. All the expenditures from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund shall be used for low or moderate income housing as defined in section 20 of chapter 40B of the General Laws. The fund may be used to:-
(a) purchase and improve land for low or moderate income housing;
(b) acquire, rehabilitate or redevelop existing dwelling units for purchase or rental by low or moderate income homebuyers or tenants;
(c) acquire, redevelop or convert existing nonresidential structures for low or moderate income housing;
(d) develop and construct new dwelling units for purchase or rental by low and moderate income housing purchasers or tenants;
(e) purchase rights of first refusal to acquire existing dwelling units for sale or rental to low or moderate income households;
(f) provide grants, low-interest loans or deferred payment loans to assist low or moderate income homebuyers to purchase a home in the town of Mansfield; and
(g) redevelop and convert municipal, school or other public buildings for low or moderate income housing.
Expenditures shall follow an allocation plan submitted by the board of selectmen annually to the town of Mansfield at the annual town meeting and approved by town meeting. The allocation plan may be amended by the town meeting at any special town meeting upon a favorable recommendation from the board of selectmen. The board of selectmen may request the advice of the Mansfield Housing Partnership, the planning board and others in developing any allocation plan. The allocation plan shall be a general plan of how funds will be expended during the next fiscal year. It shall also include a report on how funds were spent during the previous fiscal year.
All expenditures from the fund, including funds for capital purchases of land or buildings, shall be in accordance with the allocation plan and approved by a majority vote of the board of selectmen.
SECTION 3. As a means of providing available assets for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, all monies received by the town through the following means shall be paid over to and become a part of the fund for the purposes set forth in this act:-
(a) Cash payments made by developers to the town under section 6 of the Mansfield zoning by-law.
(b) Funds authorized by town meeting for community housing purposes under chapter 44B of the General Laws, if the town votes to accept sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of said chapter 44B.
(c) Gifts, grants, donations, contributions or other cash payments made to and accepted by the town for the purpose of providing low or moderate income housing.
(d) Any other source of revenue determined by town meeting, as allowed by law.
SECTION 4. Real property interests purchased or conveyed by the town of Mansfield under this act shall be subject to section 16 of chapter 30B of the General Laws, unless exempt under section 1 of said chapter 30B or under any other laws of the commonwealth.
The board of selectmen may convey, through sale, lease or transfer, real property purchased under this act provided that an affordable housing use restriction under sections 26, 31, 32 and 33 of chapter 184 of the General Laws is executed with or on behalf of the purchaser or owner of the property and recorded at the registry of deeds. The term of the affordable housing use restriction shall be the maximum allowed by law unless a lesser term is authorized in the allocation plan approved by town meeting. Real property conveyed through sale, lease or transfer to a for-profit or non-profit developer to provide low or moderate income rental housing shall be subject to an affordable housing regulatory agreement executed with or on behalf of the developer and the department of housing and community development.
SECTION 5. The town treasurer of the town of Mansfield shall be the custodian of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and shall invest the monies in the manner authorized by sections 55, 55A and 55B of chapter 44 of the General Laws. Any income or proceeds received from the investment of funds shall be credited to and become part of the fund.