The Amherst Housing Authority recently had a resignation of an elected member of the Board of Commissioners and is interested in filling that position through a joint appointment of the AHA and the Amherst Select Board, until the next local election to be held March 27, 2018.
The vacancy will be filled on Monday, October 30, 2017 at a joint meeting of the Select Board and the remaining members of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. This election will take place at 6:45 pm, during the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting in the Town Room on the second floor of Town Hall, and will be broadcast live by Amherst Media on channel 17. Interested candidates must submit a Letter of Interest to the Select Board office by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017. No applications will be accepted after that time.
Letters of Interest may be submitted by email to email@example.com or via hard copy to Select Board, Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. Amherst MA 01002. This election will take place during the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting in the Town Room on the second floor of Town Hall, and will be broadcast live by Amherst Media on channel 17. The full policy on process is linked below. Questions? Please contact the Select Board/Town Manager’s Office at 259-3001/3002 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, All submissions will be distributed to the Housing Authority and Amherst Select Board members as they are received, and will be available to the public on the Town web site in the Select Board’s packet materials for the October 30, 2017 meeting. Certain personal information will be redacted upon request. Please note that while candidates are welcome to make the public aware of their interest, members of the Select Board, Amherst Housing Authority, and staff will not release the number of candidates, or candidate names or other identifying information, until after the Letters of Interest appear in the Select Board packet materials for the October 30, 2017 meeting.
Candidates who have submitted a Letter of Interest will need to attend the Monday, October 30, 2017 joint meeting to be considered.
The mission of the Amherst Housing Authority (AHA) is to: preserve and to expand decent, safe and affordable housing for low and moderate income households, elders, and persons with disabilities; support programs, services and resources that promote economic self-sufficiency, and improve community quality of life, tenant empowerment and responsibility; maintain quality of service delivery and ensure equal opportunity in housing; and operate programs and deliver services that maximize financial and human resources while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The Amherst Housing Authority (AHA) receives funds from both the state of Massachusetts and the federal government.
The AHA is a public agency operated with state and federal funding and is overseen by a five member Board of Commissioners. The AHA holds monthly Board meetings. These are public meetings, governed by Roberts Rules of Order, and commissioners must familiarize themselves with the procedures. The meetings seldom exceed two hours. One of the regular tasks of these meetings requires commissioners to sign off on expenditures as well as certificates of compliance with various state and federal policies. Commissioners must read the material sent out before the meetings in order to make informed decisions about these matters.
The AHA administers various programs at multiple sites. Commissioners must become familiar with both the federal mobile voucher program as well as the various housing properties that the AHA administers. Commissioners are required to learn the many regulations and terminology of the State and Federal housing programs administered by AHA. Commissioners are required to take a four to five hour on-line board training module. As public officials, commissioners are also required to take an on-line course that addresses the many issues involved in complying with the conflict of interest laws of the state.