What is the purpose of this survey?
 

The Town of Brookline would like your input on the Town’s most important housing and community development needs and priorities in order to inform the use of the Town’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs funds in the future. 

In existence since 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest-running programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  CDBG funds have assisted thousands of cities, towns and counties throughout the country to address critical community needs, such as quality affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, job creation and public services that primarily serve low-and moderate-income residents and families. Since the program’s beginning, Brookline has utilized CDBG funds to support many projects and programs that help make the Town a high-quality and inclusive place to live.

The Town of Brookline is also a member of the West Metro HOME Consortium. With the City of Newton as the lead member, the Consortium utilizes HOME funds each year to develop affordable housing in the participating municipalities. 

Every five years, the Town of Brookline and West Metro HOME Consortium develop Consolidated Plans, documents required by HUD.   The Consolidated Plan acts as a roadmap for how the Town will prioritize the use of CDBG and HOME funds over the next five years. The Consolidated Plan is informed through public input in various venues.  The goal of this survey is to help the Town identify housing and community development needs in Brookline and to develop strategies to address them in the 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan.

It's important to hear from you! Please complete this survey by September 30, 2019

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* 1. I have lived in Brookline

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* 2. If you do not live in Brookline (check all that apply) 

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* 3. Please note your gender

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* 4. Please choose your age range

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* 5. Which of the following best describes your race/ethnicity? (check all that apply)

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* 6. What language do you speak most often at home?

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* 7. If you speak a language other than English at home, how would you rate your English proficiency?

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* 8. How many people are in your household? (This includes yourself)

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* 9. What is your household gross annual income? 

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* 10. What area of Brookline do you live near or associate most with?

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* 11. Do you work in Brookline? 

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* 12. If you chose "Yes" for the prior question, are there challenges you face as an employee in Brookline? (Check all that apply)

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* 13. Do you rent or own your current place of residence? 

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* 14. Are you currently on a waiting list for a subsidized (affordable) housing unit? 

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* 15. If you currently live in Brookline, how important is it to you to remain living in Brookline as you age?

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* 16. Affordable Housing/Development Programs - The Town can provide funds for projects that address a variety of housing needs for low-and moderate-income people. Within the area of housing, please tell us how important each of the following is to you:

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Create affordable ownership housing for low-income residents
Create affordable ownership housing for middle-income residents
Create affordable rental housing for low-income residents
Create affordable rental housing for middle-income residents
Create affordable housing with supportive services for persons with disabilities
Create affordable senior housing
Create affordable housing for families
Provide education on housing discrimination and fair housing laws
Provide first-time homebuyer education

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* 17. Accessibility - The Town can provide funds to make municipally owned buildings, community facilities and affordable housing accessible for people with limited mobility. Please tell us how important each of the following is to you. 

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Access to curb cuts and sidewalks
Access to parks and open space
Access to public buildings
Access to increased affordable, accessible housing
Access to transportation
Breaking down language barriers to provide wider access to government resources

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* 18. Economic Development - The Town may provide CDBG funds for projects that support businesses in creating or retaining jobs. Within the area of economic development, please tell us how important each of the following is to you. 

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Physical improvements to encourage business/job growth (public infrastructure, building accessibility, energy efficiency, etc.) 
Small business loan assistance
Technical assistance to businesses (financial management, strategic planning, etc.) 
Job training
Support to microenterprise businesses (commercial entity that has 5 or fewer employees) 

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* 19. Public Infrastructure - The Town may provide CDBG funds for public infrastructure projects. Within the area of public infrastructure, please tell us how important each of the following is to you. 

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Community center facilities
Street lighting
Parks and open space
Senior center facilities
Sidewalks
Street tree plantings
Water and sewer

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* 20. Public / Social Services - The Town may provide CDBG funds for public service projects that increase access for low-and moderate-income people to services that support job retention or creation, access to childcare, senior centers and family self-sufficiency. Please tell us how important each of the following is to you.

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Child Services (Childcare, After school care, etc.) 
Elder services (Adult day services, assistance in obtaining entitlements and social services etc.)
Family services (domestic violence assistance, parent education)
Health/mental health services
Homelessness services
Job training and placement services
People with disabilities services (employment/training, day centers etc.) 
Substance abuse services
Veterans services
Food pantries
Youth services (After school activities, mentoring, etc.) 

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* 21. Priority Program Areas - Please rank the following priority program areas in order of importance from 1 through 5 (1,2,3,4,5) with number 1 representing the program area you deem most important down toward number 5 which will represent the program area you deem least important. 

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* 22. Your Opinion - In your opinion, what are the major unmet community needs that the Town of Brookline should focus on over the span of the next five years?

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