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Proposed Changes to the BHA's Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP)
In an effort to address the persistent incidence of domestic violence and the risk it creates for the safety of victims and victims’ families, the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) proposes to amend its Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) by creating a super priority category for applicants who are victims of domestic violence, including sexual assaults, and by elevating domestic violence transfers from the level of emergency transfers to administrative transfers.

The BHA has limited housing resources resulting from the unavailability of Section 8 tenant-based housing choice vouchers due to budget cuts and a public housing occupancy rate of 98.6 percent. As a result, the many households on our waiting lists with an approved domestic violence transfer as well as all other priority transfers and priority applicants, are experiencing longer waiting times to receive a housing offer that meets their housing needs. The proposed change will allow the BHA to make housing offers sooner to victims of domestic violence.

Under the standards the BHA applies to its ACOP, the proposed amendments would constitute a substantial change which is subject to public notice and comment procedures, including a public hearing. Effective with this letter, the BHA is initiating the public notice and comment period and invites discussion and input with respect to these changes in advance of seeking approval by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. The BHA seeks to advise all interested parties of these proposed changes and encourages your participation as it moves forward with their implementation.

The draft of the FY 2014 Annual Plan Amendment #1 is available for public review and comment from February 18, 2014 to April 3, 2014. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM at 125 Amory Street, 1st floor Training Room, Roxbury, MA 02119 and at 6:00 PM at Boston Public Library Copley Square, Commonwealth Salon Room, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. The draft Plan will be available in the BHA Planning Department, 11th floor, 52 Chauncy Street, on the BHA website at www.bostonhousing.org and at the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library.

Any questions or comments may be directed to John Kane, Senior Program Coordinator, by mail to Boston Housing Authority, 52 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111 or via email at John.kane@bostonhousing.org.

Proposed Amendment to Annual Plan ACOP
Proposed Amendment to Annual Plan ACOP

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