Shrewsbury Housing Authority is a politic, corporate and duly organized public housing agency. State and Federal lawmakers promulgate rules and regulations by which the housing authority must abide. The authority’s funding is received directly from state and federal agencies.
A six-member Board of Commissioners oversees the authority, providing leadership and advice and advocating for current and future housing. As public officials, they hold meetings according to M.G.L. chapter 39 sections 2B of open meeting law. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month and are open to the public. We post all meetings with the Town Clerk at the Town Hall.
The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Federal and State programs. Together the Executive Director and Board form a powerful force in serving those in need within this community. The current Board of Commissioners and Executive Director are listed below:
- Anthony Cultrera
- Paul Campaniello
- Mary Jordalen
- Kevin Byrne
- Richard Ricker
Executive Director: Dennis Osborn
Deputy Executive Director: Kelly Bergeron
The Shrewsbury Housing Authority has been a vital link to the community since it held its first meeting on March 20, 1963. The housing authority’s success can be attribute to the hard work of individuals with the vision to bring affordable housing to the town. Over the past forty years the authority has grown and evolved.
The need for affordable housing is evident in the long waiting list for underserved town residents, tough economic times heighten our awareness of the need to preserve and create affordable housing in the town of Shrewsbury.
State Funded Sites Federally Funded Sites
100 Units – Francis Gardens 100 Units – Shrewsbury Towers
36 Units – Elizabeth Gardens 173 Section 8 Vouchers
13 three-bedroom units on scattered locations
4 two-bedroom units – South Street
3 five-bedroom houses on Lake Street
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), allows eligible applicants to be subsidized in an apartment that meets the requirements of the program. Presently all 173 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are fully utilized.
The Shrewsbury Housing Authority is dedicated to helping residents grow in spirit, live with a sense of fulfillment, experience dignity and meet the challenges of their changing lives. In the spirit of this mission, the housing authority staff strives to meet the needs of all our residents.
The Shrewsbury Housing Authority has opened three five-bedroom houses on Lake Street as of June 2007. The purposes of these two houses are to help meet the needs of individuals living at the Glavin Center.
The Shrewsbury Housing Authority makes a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to the Town of Shrewsbury annually. State and Federal agencies have set the formulas for payment. The payments for the past few years are listed below:
Fiscal Year Federal Pilot State Pilot Total Amount
2001 – 2002 $22,402.00 $5,205 $27,607.00
2002 – 2003 $25,741.88 $5,233 $30,974.88
2003 – 2004 $22,248.56 $5,160 $27,408.56
2004 – 2005 $22,891.08 $4,166 $27,057.08
2005 – 2006 $22,667.00 $4,929 $27,596.00
2006 – 2007 $23,567.70 $4,903.51 $28,471.21
2007 – 2008 $26,072.63 $4,914.79 $30,987.42
2008 – 2009 $26,924.00 $6,501.00 $33,425.00
2009 – 2010 $27,508.41 $6,500.08 $34,008.49
2010 - 2011 $27,500.00 $6,501.00 $34,001.00
2011 - 2012 $ 35,218.18 $6,530.77 $28,687.41