The Town of Acton continues to make a commitment and investment to affordable housing. Of the 8,475 units of total year-round housing units in the town (from the 2010 Census), there are 651, or 7.68% that are counted as ‘affordable’ on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory (see more here -http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/40b-plan/ ). The Town, through its Board of Selectmen, has supported all of these developments. The Town Board charged with facilitating affordable housing is the Acton Community Housing Corporation (ACHC). The ACHC has developed an infographic sheet to provide an overview of housing issues and housing statistics in Acton that interested Acton residents can use as a resource.
Most (588 units or 90%) of this housing are rental units, but there are also 64 ownership units. There are generally units in the pipeline which are added when they become available. Acton also has 1 deed restricted ownership unit as part of its local program. For rental housing, the town is able to ‘count’ all the units in the development as long as at least 20% meet the requirements from the State. Acton surpasses that minimum rental requirement though, with 49% of its rental units available under the affordable housing programs. This is mostly made possible by the Acton Housing Authority which owns and manages 160 units of housing for families, seniors and persons with disabilities across many properties.