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Westwood Housing Authority & Westwood Affordable Housing Associates, Inc.

Westwood Housing Authority (WHA) and Westwood Affordable Housing Associates, Inc. (WAHA)

WHA/WAHA is proud to be a recipient of a 2016 Dedham Institution for Savings Foundation Grant.

WHA and WAHA contribute to the development and management of affordable housing in Westwood. WAHA is an  independent non-profit agency that manages the operation of 11 rental units in 4 duplexes and 3 single family homes located throughout town. These properties are owned by WAHA, the Housing Authority's non-profit arm, Rented only to income-eligible families.

Contact WAHA Housing Administrator Jane O'Donnell for further information:

580 High Street
Westwood, MA 02090
(781) 320-1031
jodonnell@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Office Hours:  
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,  Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Westwood Housing Authority (WHA)

The Westwood Housing Authority (WHA) was established in 1988 by a Town Meeting vote. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has mandated that the Town of Westwood provide a minimum number of affordable rental units under Executive Order 215. WHA is responsible for the management and operation of eleven such rental units in the Town of Westwood. All tenants must be certified as low income and are recertified annually according to State and Federal guidelines.

The Westwood Housing Authority has four elected members and one state appointee:  

Juliet W. Onderdonk, Chairman
David L. Atkins
John C. Cummings
Christine E. Previtera

Westwood Affordable Housing Associates, Inc. (WAHA)

The non-profit arm of the housing authority, Westwood Affordable Housing Associates, Inc. (WAHA) was formed in 1994 to pursue creative options for funding the development or purchase of affordable rental units in Westwood.  

The WAHA Board has seven members, including its Administrator:

Juliet Onderdonk, Chairman
David Atkins, Treasurer
Jane Duffy, Clerk

John Cummings

Frank Jacobs

Jennifer Phillips

Christine Previtera

Jane O'Donnell, Administrator

WAHA owns three two-bedroom duplexes, one three-bedroom duplex, and three single family houses for a total of eleven rental units operated in coordination with the Westwood Housing Authority.  All tenants must be certified as low income and are recertified annually according to State and Federal guidelines. All units are currently rented and occupied.

 

Housing Assistance  and Voucher Programs

The Westwood Housing Authority does not administer any direct housing subsidy (i.e., Section 8 vouchers or federal public housing).  Any resident interested in applying for rental assistance may file an application with the  Dedham Housing Authority at 26 O'Neil Drive, Dedham, MA 02026.  Telephone (781) 329-5380.