INSPECTOR OF WIRES During the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, 177 electrical permits were issued and $23,890.00 collected in fees and turned over the Town Treasurer.
PLUMBING INSPECTOR During the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, 111 plumbing permits were issued and $11,730.00 collected in fees, which were turned over to the Town Treasurer.
GAS INSPECTOR During the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, 105 gas permits were issued and $7,185.00 collected in fees, which were turned over to the Town Treasurer.
PERMITS ISSUED During the period January 1 to December 31, 2011
The following permits were issued:
Fire Alarm System
Fuel Tank Installation
Fuel Tank Removal
LP Gas Installation
Oil Burner Installation
Oil Line Upgrade
Smoke & CO Detector
A total of $ 6,085.00 was collected and
turned over to the Town Treasurer.
CARLISLE HOUSING AUTHORITY Mission
The mission of the Carlisle Housing Authority is to develop and support affordable housing opportunities for Carlisle. The Housing Authority also works with other Town departments and boards to provide housing referrals and housing education to Carlisle residents.
The Carlisle Housing Authority has five members, four of whom are elected by the Town. The fifth member is appointed by the Governor, pursuant to Massachusetts statute (M.G.L. c. 121B). Carolyn Ing was appointed by the Governor in 2009 and her term ends in 2016. Alan Lehotsky served as Chairman throughout the year. James Bohn served as Treasurer, and Carolyn Ing served as Secretary. Steven Pearlman served as a member of the Board. In November 2010, the Carlisle Housing Authority voted to submit W. Randall Brown’s name to the Board of Selectmen to fill the vacant position created by Ms. Susan Stamps’ resignation. In December 2010, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen appointed Mr. Brown to serve in the position until the 2011 town election. Mr. Brown was elected to the Board in May 2011.
In addition to their service to the board, members of the Housing Authority Board serve as liaisons on other Town boards and committees. James Bohn was appointed by the Board of Selectmen as the Housing Authority’s representative member on the Town of Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust; Steven Pearlman represents the Housing Authority on the Community Preservation Act Committee, with Alan Lehotsky as the Alternate. Mr. Brown serves as the Planning Board’s liaison and the Board’s representative on the Banta-Davis Task Force.
Affordable Housing Development - Year in Review
In 2011, the Housing Authority held 17 meetings, as a rule scheduled on the second Thursdays and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Highlights of these meetings follow.
January – February 2011:
The Housing Authority’s selected developer NOAH responded to a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) request for additional information on the engineering design of the Benfield Farms wetland replication area. The Housing Authority also worked with the Town of Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust (Housing Trust) on a request for a 2011 Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding extension for the $425,000 appropriated by TM in 2008 for Benfield affordable housing infrastructure, to be used toward the Benfield senior housing.
The Chair of the Housing Authority was invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Carlisle Elderly Housing Association, which owns the Village Court Senior Housing development. The purpose of the invitation was to discuss possible expansion of Village Court, as proposed in the 2010 Carlisle Housing Production Plan.
In response to a request by the Highland School Building (HSB) Stabilization Committee for reuse proposals for the recently stabilized HSB, the Housing Authority developed a cost-benefit and feasibility checklist which considers an affordable housing reuse option for the HSB. The Housing Authority received small scale re-use project assistance from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) in developing its re-use option proposal. Ms. Rita Farrell of MHP provided valuable advice.
The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Area Management staff met with the Housing Coordinator, Elizabeth DeMille Barnett, expressing renewed interest in working with the Town to develop two group homes, with a total of 9 to 10 bedrooms, for developmentally disabled adults. The design, construction and management of the proposed DDS homes would be financed and operated, by a state funded non-profit.
DEP issued a Superseding Order of Conditions for the NOAH Benfield Farms senior housing project, which affirmed the Carlisle Conservation’s Wetland Order of Conditions, issued in June 2009. The Housing Authority voted to fund additional wetlands delineation at the Benfield property, as required by this Order.
The Carlisle Board of Selectmen authorized the Building Commissioner to reduce the Benfield Farms Building Permit fee by 50%. The Housing Authority voted to use appropriated CPA funds to pay 25% of the reduced fee for the NOAH Benfield Farms Building Permit.
U.S. Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Susan Fargo and State Representative Cory Atkins have written letters of support for the proposed NOAH Benfield Farms senior housing, which were all included in the second One-Stop Application filed with DHCD on April 28, 2011.
The Housing Authority approved the Carlisle Trails Committee’s request to lay gravel at the Benfield property entrance.
The Massachusetts Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) Board conducted a pre-funding site visit to the Benfield Farms site with NOAH and Elizabeth DeMille Barnett, Housing Coordinator. Shortly afterwards, NOAH received final approval from CEDAC for a $100,000 loan (an additional $350,000 was set aside to be disbursed at later stages in the project).
CEDAC manages a $45-million revolving loan fund that provides seed money for non-profit housing development. The CEDAC Board is chaired by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and includes representatives the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing, other housing entities and leading banks.
The Housing Authority met with Police and Fire representatives to review the potential Highland School Building housing option and associated public safety issues.
The Housing Authority came before the Housing Trust in order to request funding for an engineering site evaluation of the Conant Land, in order to determine the feasibility of siting a DDS group home on the property. The Housing Trust voted to deny this request, but made three recommendations: 1) the Trust receive more information about the Conant Land Site and DDS housing ; 2) the Highland School Building be considered as an option for the proposed DDS housing; and 3) that the Housing Trust revisit the Housing Authority’s DDS engineering proposal in the near future.
The Housing Coordinator conducted a site visit of a DDS group home in Burlington.
Mary Beth Coyne, DDS Area Manager, conducted a site visit of the Highland School Building with the Housing Coordinator and the Building Commissioner, with a view to evaluating the potential of the building for development of a DDS group home.
The Housing Authority conducted a site visit of the DDS Till, Inc. group home in Westborough, Massachusetts, with view to the quality of the design and the home’s integration into the surrounding community.
The Housing Authority gave a presentation to the Carlisle School Committee entitled “The Highland School Building Affordable Housing Option.” This presentation detailed the Housing Authority’s re-use proposal, which would be to develop up to nine, one-bedroom and/or studio rental units in the building through a ground lease RFP, at no additional cost to the Town. This proposal would meet local demand for smaller, non-age restricted units. Nine rental units (with at least 25% affordable), also would provide the Town “safe harbor” from unfriendly Chapter 40B development for one year.
The Housing Trust renewed its discussion of the Housing Authority’s request for funding for an engineering site evaluation of the Conant Land, in order to determine the feasibility of a DDS group home. At the same meeting, the Housing Authority made a presentation of its Highland School Building Affordable Housing Option to the Housing Trust.
In mid-October, NOAH learned that it did not receive Benfield Farms funding. This was the second time NOAH had submitted an application for the limited funding available.
NOAH attended a DHCD One-Stop Application “de-brief” for Benfield Farms, receiving very positive feedback. The Housing Authority also learned that the current DHCD funding environment is extremely competitive, with DHCD funding decisions taking into account factors such as a community’s progress developing family housing and progress toward meeting its 10% affordable housing goal on the Subsidized Housing Inventory.
The Housing Authority Chair met with NOAH and members of the Housing Trust, in order to develop a strategic plan for the January 2012 DHCD One-Stop Funding round. The consensus reached at this meeting was that, in order to receive funding for NOAH Benfield Farms or any other future Town-supported affordable housing projects, the Town needs to develop affordable family housing.
As of December 31, 2011, the Benfield Farms “Interest List” included the names of 109 seniors, 95 of them either current Carlisle residents or family members or former residents.
Policy and Program Development
Throughout 2011, the Housing Authority, through the Housing Coordinator, received inquiries for housing referrals/education on a near daily basis, which included questions about resources for mortgage counseling, affordable housing opportunities, assistance for households under threat of foreclosure, assistance for home modification accessibility or assistance with other zoning by right options, which allow residents to remain in their homes.
On January 31, 2011, the Housing Authority held an evening workshop on home accessibility modification for disabled and frail senior residents, titled the “Hope for Staying in Carlisle”. Christina Cutting, Coordinator, Home Modification Program, Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council, was the keynote speaker. The purpose of the workshop was to talk about grant and loan programs available to make accessibility modifications to homes, to enable seniors or disabled residents to stay in their homes. The Housing Authority also provided home modification outreach to the Carlisle Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC).
The Housing Trust funded a legal services consultant, Kathleen O’Donnell, Esq., to prepare a draft revision of Carlisle’s Regulatory Agreement (deed restriction) for the proposed Affordable Accessory Apartment (AAA) Program for review. The draft revision to the Regulatory Agreement is intended to address concerns and comments expressed by the Planning Board in a manner that will be acceptable to DHCD. The Regulatory Agreement is the final component of the AAA program that requires DHCD approval. This approval is required in order to initiate the proposed program.
In February 2011, the Housing Coordinator met with the Town of Harvard Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, Harvard BOS and other town representatives, to discuss Carlisle’s progress with the proposed AAA program and other potential areas of affordable housing collaboration. The Housing Authority initiated development of its web-based Affordable Housing Glossary, now on the Town’s website.
In March 2011, Thomas Lane, Planning Board (PB) liaison to the Housing Authority, provided the Housing Authority with the PB’s comments on the O’Donnell draft AAA Regulatory Agreement. These comments were forwarded to Ms. O’Donnell.
On March 31, The Housing Authority offered an evening program “Federally-Authorized Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Assistance: how it works and how it can help,” in collaboration with the Home Preservation Center, Coalition for a Better Acre. The panel comprised of Suzanne Frechette, Deputy Director, Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA); Wen (Wayne) Farina, Director of the CBA Home Preservation Center; and Frank Carvalho, Executive Director of Mill Cities Community Investments. At this event, Mr. Carvalho announced a no-interest loan program for unemployed and/or underemployed residents of Carlisle, Acton, Chelmsford, Westford, and Lowell. These loans, which are not to be more than $20,000 per household, are funded by a local Carlisle family.
In April 2011, the Planning Board provided additional comments and proposed revisions to the O’Donnell draft AAA Regulatory Agreement. These were reviewed by the Housing Authority and forwarded to Ms. O’Donnell. At the April 28, 2011 meeting the Housing Authority voted to support the Town Meeting article to appropriate CPA funds for the Housing Coordinator position.
In June 2011, the Housing Authority met with Attorney Kathleen O’Donnell, Legal Services Consultant, the Housing Trust and the Planning Board to discuss Ms. O’Donnell’s draft AAA Regulatory Agreement and the Planning Board’s comments. Following this meeting, Ms. O’Donnell was directed to develop final documents ready for DHCD approval. Also in June, the U.S. Census released 2010 Census figures, which among other things reported that Carlisle has 1,740 households. As a result, the Town’s DHCD affordable housing production goal was raised from 8 to 9 affordable units a year in order to reach municipal certification of compliance or a Chapter 40B “safe harbor.”
August through October 2011, the Housing Authority was invited to speak on the COA CCTV program on resources available to homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure, and how to avoid scams.
On September 8th, the Housing Authority voted to approve the final draft AAA Regulatory Agreement and authorized Ms. O’Donnell to submittal to DHCD. The Housing Authority also met with the Chelmsford Housing Authority in order to discuss the status of the proposed AAA program, and the proposed rent certification collaboration, under which Chelmsford would provide.
The Housing Authority provided data and resources to the COA’s Long-Term Planning Committee, in order to assist it with its goals and objectives. As part of this effort, the Housing Authority began an analysis of demographic changes between the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census (2005-2009 American Community Survey Data). The Census figures indicate that the poverty rate for Carlisle residents over age 65 had grown from zero in 2000 to 8.4 percent. This means that on in twelve Carlisle residents over age 65 are at or below the federal poverty level (annual income of $10,890 for an individual). The Housing Authority’s analysis also shows that the housing cost burden increased over the past decade, particularly among renters.
November 2011, the Housing Authority participated in a Concord-Carlisle Community Chest meeting on available economic resources for those households facing short-term and long-term economic distress
December 2011, the Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council reported that two Carlisle households received home accessibility modification grants (up to $30,000, at no interest).
Financials – Fiscal Year 2011
Income and Salaries
Housing Coordinator - (also supports the Town of Carlisle Housing Affordable Trust)
2010- 2011 Town Meeting CPA Housing Coordinator Appropriation
2010-2011 Town Meeting Housing Authority Expenses
2006 Benfield CPA Affordable Housing Development Appropriation Account Balances
Salary –Housing Coordinator (also supports Town of Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust
Housing Authority Operating Expenses: Office equipment; meeting supplies and professional Training.
Housing Coordinator Funds returned to Carlisle CPA Fund
2006 Benfield CPA Affordable Housing Development Appropriation - Expenses
FY 11:Benfield Lot A Wetlands Delineation
FY 11:Benfield Farms Building Permit (appropriated)
June 2011 CPA Benfield Funds remaining
In closing this report, the Housing Authority would like to recognize the service of Elizabeth DeMille Barnett, Housing Coordinator, who continues to provide support for the members of the Housing Authority as well as the public. It would also like to recognize the many Town boards on various aspects of the Benfield Farms project, but in particular the Conservation Commission. We also would like to thank a number of Carlisle residents and staff who have volunteered their time and creativity to further affordable housing. They include Greg Peterson, Chair of the Housing Trust; John D. Williams, Board of Selectmen; Albert Williams, Chair of the Carlisle Elderly Housing Association (Village Court); and Angela Smith, COA outreach worker who has worked tirelessly with the Housing Authority to assist residents facing foreclosure. Numerous residents have called, written or stopped by Town Hall to offer suggestions and support for the proposed senior housing development or ideas for the next project. We are grateful for their input and encourage their continued suggestions.
CARLISLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST The Affordable Housing Trust Fund was established by a Declaration of Trust (“Declaration”) made on October 24, 2006, by the Town of Carlisle, acting by and through its Board of Selectmen, as approved by vote of the 2006 Annual Town Meeting. The purpose of the Trust is to provide for the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the Town of Carlisle. In furtherance of this purpose, the Declaration authorizes the Trustees to acquire, by gift, purchase or otherwise, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Declaration, real estate and personal property, both tangible and intangible, of every sort and description for the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the Town of Carlisle.
During 2011, the Trustees of the Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust (“Trust”) held three meetings, in March, April and November. These are briefly summarized with context as follows:
April 2011: the Trust met to have a general housing policy discussion which focused on: needs, goals, and housing creation options (both affordable housing for the Subsidized Inventory (SHI) and otherwise).
Six options were proposed:
The possibility of developing housing on property in tax arrears (with or without housing units). A recent Treasurer’s report on Town properties, which was distributed to the Trust, revealed that there were no opportunities for this option, e.g., either housing units were not suitable or parcels were land-locked.
The use of the portion of the Cranberry Bog agricultural land (across Curve Street from the Cranberry Bog), which had been proposed as a potential site in the 2010 Carlisle Housing Production Plan. This property may well be currently protected under Article 97, and is under the Conservation Commission’s control. The Chair shared that reclassifying Article 97 land, would take a vote of Town Meeting, a Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act review process (MEPA) and a 2/3 vote of the Massachusetts Legislature to reclassify this property for affordable housing. This additionally would require that land of more than equal value (size and quality) be protected on another property in Town.
Promote accessory apartment options for elders: to make use of accessory units, by-right guest houses by family members or employees of the owner of the main house on the property, and by-right room rentals for up to three unrelated persons. Under this option, an elderly couple might offer home health service providers housing. Also under this Special Permit, an accessory unit, which is attached to a home, might be used as a rental unit. An elderly household might remain in the main unit or move to the smaller unit, maximizing the potential for income. One suggestion raised was to develop a single sheet of simplified guidelines, which would allow interested residents to walk through the Special Permit steps.
Promote and develop the “intentional community,” model, i.e., housing services run by not-for-profits such as Carlton Willard or Beacon Hill Village. These intentional communities (which charge an annual fee) allow residents to remain in their homes, but provide access to supportive services and a roster of social activities.
Encourage more private senior communities such as Malcolm Meadows, which would not necessarily be subsidized by the Town, but would allow current residents as well as other seniors to downsize, but remain in Carlisle.
Try limited two-family conversion for seniors by Special Permit (no more than 15 to 20 conversions and no closer than 0.5 mile per conversion). This proposal would take Town Meeting change.
The Trust also discussed other options for meeting Carlisle’s Affordable Housing Production Plan, e.g., the Town-owned Banta Davis property had been proposed as a location in the 2010 Housing Production Plan.
Also at this meeting, the Trust Chair proposed a schedule for finalizing the Regulatory Agreement (deed restriction) required by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in order to grant credit for Affordable Accessory Apartments (AAA) as affordable units under MGL c. 40B.
June 2011: The Trust discussed the ongoing revision of the AAA Regulatory Agreement. It was decided to attend the upcoming Planning Board, accompanied by Kathleen O’Donnell, Attorney and Trust Legal Services Consultant, to discuss the Planning Board’s concerns, with the goal of having the Regulatory Agreement document ready for DHCD review in mid-summer.
On behalf of the Carlisle Housing Authority (CHA), Alan Lehotsky, Chair, requested funding for a consulting engineer to perform a preliminary site evaluation/ assessment of the Conant Land, to determine the technical feasibility of developing two contiguous Department of Developmental Services (DDS) housing units (9-10 bedrooms total) to be used as a group home for adults, and to identify permitting requirements for such a project. The presentation request noted that the CHA and Trust had been in discussion with area DDS representatives since 2007. The presentation included: a Conant Land timeline (much larger developments had been proposed in the past); a proposed site evaluation goal to investigate the feasibility of a tie-in to the existing Town Hall well and septic infrastructure; and the strategy to minimize community and resource impacts by locating the housing directly off the Town Hall parking area. Mr. Lehotsky emphasized that this was the least expensive option to the Town for affordable housing, as state funding was readily available. Each bedroom in the proposed houses would count as an affordable unit, so the project would provide the Town a year’s Chapter 40B “safe harbor.”
The Trust proposed considering issues regarding the use of the Highland School Building (HSB) as an alternative location for DDS housing. The Trust also discussed concerns about potential Conant Land DDS housing impacts to the Town Center.
The Trust voted to deny the funding request, due to concerns that the Trust did not have enough information and/or preparation. It requested that the CHA provide: additional information on the Conant Land site; examples of the housing proposed; and that it invite DDS to a site visit to the HSB. The Trust asked that the CHA return to revisit the discussion.
The Trust also discussed the Banta-Davis property as a potential site for family affordable housing. A Banta-Davis Chronology was distributed, which included maps, plans and documents referring to current and former uses. Discussion focused on how best to integrate existing uses, e.g., playing fields, with potential housing use. Douglas A.G. Stevenson proposed that the Trust recommend to the Board of Selectmen that a Banta-Davis Master Plan Committee be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, including stakeholders, to review options for a Town Meeting vote for uses of the land.
October 2011: Greg Peterson, Chair, reported that the 2010 U.S. Census data for Carlisle had been released. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) bases towns’ Housing Production Plan goals on the U.S. Census. The Town of Carlisle has 1,740 housing units and its affordable housing goal, under the Town’s approved Housing Production Plan, according to DHCD, is now 9 units a year.
The Trust also learned that the NOAH Benfield Farms senior housing development was not selected in the latest DHCD One-Stop funding round, concluded on October 17th. DHCD received applications from 103 projects, and selected 25 projects for funding. It was noted that DHCD funded only one senior affordable housing project. Trust discussion followed on the need to develop a One-Stop Funding action plan for the next DHCD funding round (Spring 2012) which is directed toward developing strong state and regional support.
The Chair proposed strategic goals, which included: identifying where the NOAH Benfield Farms senior housing project fell in the DHCD rankings; setting up meetings with elected officials in order to advocate the continuing housing needs of low-income seniors in Carlisle and the lack of affordable options for seniors; and the exploration of other options for project funding. The Chair also noted that that NOAH Benfield Farms represents a $2.5 million investment by the Town of Carlisle, as well as a seven-year effort, and that the Town had been encouraged by the state to go down this path.
As part of the Trust’s continued discussion of the CHA’s proposed use of the Conant Land for DDS group homes, a Conant Land Chronology was provided by the Housing Coordinator. This chronology included Town Meeting Minutes, the property deed, environmental and engineering technical reports, and prior proposals for proposed use. The Trust also received information on the Town Hall septic system, Public Water Supply and images and plans of recently developed suburban/rural Department of Development Services (DDS) housing. It was explained that the state would finance the DDS housing, but would expect some assistance with the sanitary and water infrastructure.
Alan Lehotsky shared the Housing Authority’s reluctance to consider one of the two proposed affordable housing Conant Land sites, i.e., the so-called Rockland Road site, due impact on the scenic vista and excavation challenges. Trust discussion focused on the value of funding a third-party engineering study, the impact that the proposed housing might have on Town Center residents, and whether or not this was the next affordable housing project which had the most prospects for success. Tangential issues raised included: the availability of state funding; local demand for DDS housing; DDS’s continued interest in working with the Town; and the prospect of a year’s Chapter 40B safe harbor. The Chair concluded that it would be helpful to have more information on actual TH water usage prior to considering funding the preliminary study.
Alan Lehotsky also gave a Housing Authority presentation on affordable housing as a proposed Highland School Building re-use. The CHA proposed that all tenants undergo Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks. The CHA’s proposal also would mandate a fence, which the CHA felt would be necessary with any of the proposed Highland re-use options. With the CHA’s proposed affordable housing ground-lease, rehabilitation costs and ongoing building management and operation costs would be the responsibility of the developer/manager, unlike the other options currently being considered.
In addition to the items noted above, the Trust also has continued to support the CHA’s proposed Benfield Farms senior affordable housing development, particularly working with state and local leaders.
Housing Coordinator - (also supports the Carlisle Housing Authority)
2010- 2011 Town Meeting CPA Housing Coordinator Appropriation
CPA Affordable Housing Development Appropriation Account Balances
June 2006 –Community Housing
June 2010 –Community Housing Balance
June 2011–Community Housing Balance
June 2006 Affordable Accessory Apartment (AAA) Program
Salary –Housing Coordinator (also supports the Carlisle Housing Authority)
Housing Coordinator Funds returned to Carlisle CPA Fund
Fiscal Year 2011 CPA Affordable Housing Development Appropriation - Expenses
Community Housing Expenses
2011 Community Housing Balance
John D. Williams, Chair (January 2011 to April 2011), trustee
Greg D. Peterson, Chair (April 2011 through December 2011), trustee
James Bohn, Vice-Chair, Carlisle Housing Authority, trustee
John Gorecki, Board of Selectmen, trustee
Timothy F. Hult, Board of Selectmen (July 2011 to December 2011), trustee
Peter Scavongelli, Board of Selectmen, trustee
Douglas A.G. Stevenson, Board of Selectmen, trustee
William R. Tice, Jr., Board of Selectmen (January 2011 to June 2011, trustee.
COUNCIL ON AGING Mission Statement The Carlisle Council on Aging serves the Carlisle senior population (60 and over), disabled residents, and Carlisle caregivers of elders. We are the town’s only social service agency, providing residents of all ages with fuel and food assistance, and access to counseling support and referrals. The COA mission is to continually improve the quality of life for Carlisle seniors by addressing their health and safety, social, transportation, and housing needs.
WHERE ARE WE?
In lieu of a permanent space we are presently coordinating our offerings among 11 different venues: Town Hall offices and scheduled meeting rooms, Gleason Public Library, Carlisle Public School, the Sleeper Room at Village Court, First Religious Society, St. Irene Church, Congregational Church of Carlisle, Ferns, Nashoba Tech. H.S., Minuteman Regional Technical H.S., and Concord-Carlisle High School.
The COA’s monthly newsletter, the “Senior Connection” is sent to over 750 Carlisle senior households per month (once a year to all families), and over 55 out of town subscriptions. The newsletter is funded in part by grants from the State’s Elder Formula Grant and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.
Our email distribution list reaches over 150 households.
The Council on Aging has a web page on the Town of Carlisle official Town Web Site. Go to http://carlislema.gov and click on “Boards and Departments” then “Council on Aging.”
We are in our fifth year of production of a CCTV cable show “Senior Connection” which is filmed monthly. This popular informational production is shown to residents of Concord and Carlisle on Channels 8 and 9, hosted by Bert Williams.
WHO WE ARE:
Carlisle has a senior population of over 21% at the time of this report. In just five years, our 60+ population is estimated to represent 31% of our town. According to the Carlisle Housing Authority, 8.4 % of seniors are living below the poverty level- that equates to about one in every eleven of your senior neighbors.
We serve four generation of Carlisle Seniors (citizens from 60-100 + years of age and their care givers) each with their own needs, limitations and requirements. In order to meet this diverse set of needs we must offer a variety of appealing and informative programs.
The COA has now been assisting many younger residents as they become caregivers to their elder parents.
The COA staff consists of: Director 30 hours per week
(Town funded and partly reimbursed by LRTA)
Outreach Coordinator 30 hours per week
Transportation Coordinator 19 hours per week
(Town funded and partly reimbursed by LRTA)
Licensed Social Worker up to 6 hours per week as needed
(Funding from Town funds and Community Chest Grant)