1. Introduction

Dear Resident,

Thank you for taking this survey! Now is your opportunity to tell us your thoughts on housing in Millbury. Please read the following overview before proceeding to the survey. The results of this survey will inform the development of Millbury's first Housing Production Plan.

What is a Housing Production Plan?
Towns and cities in Massachusetts are encouraged to proactively plan for housing that meets the needs of their communities by completing a Housing Production Plan (HPP). This strategic plan is approved by the State for a period of 5 years and will consist of a series of recommendations that the Town can pursue to address its housing needs. An HPP can help Millbury address unmet housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents, influence the type, amount, and location of both market-rate and affordable housing, and assist Town leaders in planning for ways to meet the State's 10% affordable housing goal under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. Using a planning grant from the State's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Millbury is collaborating with the Central MA Regional Planning Commission to conduct this effort.

The Town is asking for your input on current housing conditions.

We are asking for your opinion on housing options and affordability in Millbury. You will help the Town understand what types of housing are desired in Millbury and who is most in need. Your feedback will help determine how to provide more affordable and diverse housing options to current and future residents.

What is meant by "Affordable Housing"?
Massachusetts law defines Affordable Housing as houses or apartments that are permanently restricted and priced so that they are affordable for people earning at or below 80% of the median household income of the area, otherwise known as the Area Median Income (AMI). For the Town of Millbury, which is located in the Worcester Metropolitan Area, the AMI is $122,000.

So, what is considered "Affordable" in Millbury?

For a household of one (1), 80% AMI is $65,550; for a household of four (4), it is $93,600. A household of one (1) would pay no more than $1,755 in monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment and a household of four (4) would pay no more than $2,433 in monthly rent for a 3-bedroom apartment.
All responses to this survey will be completely anonymous.
Responses cannot be traced back to the respondent. If you choose to include your name and email address (see Question 19) to stay involved in the housing planning process, those conducting the survey will not be informed of your answers.

In you have further questions or comments, please contact:
Emily Glaubitz, Principal Planner at CMRPC eglaubitz@cmrpc.org