The Town of Bedford continues to make a strong commitment and investment to affordable housing. Of the 5,322 units of total year-round housing units in the town (from the 2010 Census), there are 977, or 18.36% 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 many of these developments. The Town Boards charged with facilitating affordable housing are the Bedford Housing Partnership and the Bedford Municipal Affordable Housing Trust.
Most (926 units or 95%) of this housing are rental units, but there are also 51 ownership units. There are generally units in the pipeline which are added when they become available. Bedford also has 6 deed restricted ownership units 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. Bedford surpasses that minimum rental requirement though, with 57% of its rental units available under the affordable housing programs. The Bedford Housing Authority owns and manages 100 units of housing for families, seniors and persons with disabilities in Bedford.