UPDATED: Multiple Openings on Framingham Fair Housing Committee

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FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer is seeking applicants for two volunteer positions open on the Framingham Fair Housing Committee, which has only met 8 times in the last three years.

In 2018, the Committee met just three times in January, March, & October, cancelling two other meetings.

In 2019, the Committee met three times in January, March, and June.

In 2020, the Committee met twice in September and November, both times remotely, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (All committees and boards in the City of Framingham have met remotely since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The unpaid Commttee positions are appointed by the Mayor and must be confirmed by the elected 11-member City Council.

“The Fair Housing Committee’s mission is to educate the community and residents on matters of fair housing. It accomplishes its mission by promoting access to decent, safe, and affordable housing for all segments of the population and through the study of issues, public education, and advocacy,” according to the City of Framingham.

The Fair Housing Committee works to promote access to decent, safe and affordable housing for all segments of the community to the maximum extent feasible.

The City Council voted on an apartment moratorium in 2020.

The Office of Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer will be accepting applications for open positions through Friday, February 12. Contact the City’s Citizen Participation Officer Alaa Abusalah at ama@framinghamma.gov with questions.

To apply, visit Framinghamma.gov/Serve

The Committee currently has multiple vacancies, including two appointments by the Mayor.

The Committee is comprised of 13 members. Four members are ex-officio appointments for 1-year terms and represent the Human Relations Commission, the Community and Economic Development Department, the Planning Board and the Framingham Housing Authority. The nine other members should be broadly representative of segments of the community, active and interested in the housing market, according to the City.

There is also positions on the Committee to be filled by the Framingham Housing Authority and the 5-member Framingham Planning Board.

The Committee presently has no chair. Hank Moran is the Clerk. His term expires on June 30, 2021.

MEMBERS OF THE FAIR HOUSING COMMITTEE

NameSeatTerm Expiration
Harold MoranClerkJune 2021
Esta MontanoMemberJune 2023
Timothy HamiltonMemberJune 2022
John JosephMemberJune 2022
Bradley BonzeyMemberJune 2023
Danya DelMonacoMemberJune 2023
Jessica WhitfieldMemberJune 2023
VacantMemberJune 2021
VacantMemberJune 2022
Eliot YaffaEx-Officio Member – CEDIndefinite 
VacantEx-Officio Member – PB 
Robert AnspachEx-Officio Member – HRCExpired
VacantEx-Officio Member – FHA 
SOURCE: City of Framingham website 2/4/21 at noon.

UPDATE: Although the City’s website still lists Anspach as the Human Relations Committee member, the Human Relations Commission chair José Ivan Román is now on the Fair Housing Committee as its representative.

 

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