Better communication with the residents can help the Board foresee problems it might otherwise not have anticipated. I plan to attend tenant councils, encourage regular meetings, and visit residents’ activities to learn of their needs.
I would like to work on giving tenants better access to the community at large.Frequently, the routes to Arlington Center/Mass. Ave, to Broadway, and to the Bike Path are difficult and even dangerous. Just recently, a woman was killed trying to across Chestnut Street, the crossing residents in Chestnut Manor use to go to church or to shop in Arlington Center. I have contacted the Chief of Police and plan to work with the police to increase safety at all the crossings.
Increase and Maintain our Properties:
The Community Preservation Act program received no grant applications this year for affordable housing and has $700,000 in surplus funds. I have the background and the skills to work to with the Board to write grants.
Improve the Application Process:
Filling out applications for housing has proven difficult for elderly, disabled, and non-English speaking residents. I would like to institute a training program for office workers to help them better assist these clients.
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