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The Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO) is a collaboration between the member towns of Acton, Bedford, Burlington, Concord, Lexington, Sudbury and Weston. The RHSO was formed in 2011 through an Inter-Municipal Agreement assisted by Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Greater Boston.
The RHSO serves its member towns by assisting with the municipal function of affordable housing, including proactive monitoring, program administration, project development and resident assistance.
The Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO) was formed after a three-year development process with assistance provided by the MAPC through the District Local Technical Assistance Program. The original Inter-Municipal Agreement was signed in 2011 to advance collaboration on affordable housing preservation and development among member towns. The RHSO was awarded the Kenneth Pickard Municipal Innovation Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association in 2011.
The Town of Concord is the Lead Community and hosts the RHSO at their office. The RHSO staff are employed by the Town of Concord. The service model shows how the RHSO operates.