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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Addressing Shared Housing Needs in Our Community

The following is a press release issued by the Wayland Housing Partnership

The need for housing solutions for adults living with disabilities has surged in recent years, as the affordability gap has worsened and the number of adults living with disabilities has increased. According to the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute, in 2016 persons with disabilities constituted 12.6% of the US population.

Several of our members have heard concerns from local residents who are striving to find safe and affordable housing opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. In fact, the Wayland Housing Authority reports that adults with disabilities account for 40% of their lengthy wait list for one-bedroom units.

The Arc, a public policy and advocacy group for people with intellectual and development disabilities, states, “being part of the community and living as independently as possible are amongst the most important values and goals shared by people with disabilities, their families, and advocates. A home of one’s own – either rented or owned – is the cornerstone of independence for people with disabilities.”

One good option for this population is to live in a shared housing community (also referred to as a group home). We encourage community members to help identify local opportunities that could make such options more available to local residents. Ideally, this would involve the conversion of existing homes into multi-bedroom units with shared common space and room for an in-house case manager, preferably within walking distance to retail and service establishments. For families, this model enables cost-sharing and coordinated services while simultaneously addressing social/compatibility needs for family members with disabilities. At the present time, Wayland has just one group living facility, which has blended in well with the local community. But this is not adequate; we believe our community members should do more to address this growing need.

Specifically, we are aware that the Trinitarian Church, in the center of Town, is contemplating the demolition of two structures that, we believe, could be easily converted into group homes. We urge congregants and other members of this community to seriously consider this and/or other options that could help meet one of the Town’s pressing needs. If you have ideas or suggestions for properties in Wayland that might be suitable for a group home for disabled adults, please contact the Wayland Housing Partnership: https://www.wayland.ma.us/housing-partnership

Board pulls back on government overhaul

Wayland Town Crier 1/11/19: Board pulls back on government overhaul. Selectmen postponed bringing a special measure to April Town Meeting that calls for a town-manager form of government, the latest delay on an idea that has been discussed for nearly 30 years. Monday’s move comes after some elected boards said the change would take away some of their decision-making authority established by state law.

Selectmen expected to vote on town manager form of government

Wayland Town Crier 1/4/19: Selectmen expected to vote on town manager form of government. For nearly 30 years, Wayland was told to establish a centralized form a government for greater efficiency of town operations, and according to a local leader, the time is right to finally make it happen. However, some in town are unsure of the consequences.

Q & A with Wayland’s new town administrator

Wayland Town Crier 12/5/18: Q & A with Wayland’s new town administrator. The spotlight on “Wayland Weekly Buzz” was Wayland’s new town administrator, Louise Miller, who has been on the job since early September. Executive producer Ken Isaacson conducted the interview. Find the entire program at waycam.tv/buzz.

Wayland selects new Town Administrator

Wayland Town Crier 7/10/18: Wayland selects new Town Administrator. Selectmen chose a new town administrator, but a contract hasn’t been signed. The board Monday unanimously selected Louise Miller, current budget manager at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, to fill the slot of outgoing Town Administrator Nan Balmer.

MetroWest communities to study climate change risks

Wayland Town Crier 6/9/18: MetroWest communities to study climate change risks. Four local communities will use state grant money to better prepare for the effects of climate change, examining how flooding, drought, insect-borne diseases and other hazards could become more prevalent in the future. Framingham, Marlborough, Sudbury and Wayland are among 82 cities and towns participating in the state’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. Each will receive money to assess its vulnerability to climate change and develop resiliency plans, with technical support, climate change data and planning tools provided by the state.

Wayland capital project proponents make pitches

Wayland Town Crier 2/5/18: Wayland capital project proponents make pitches. Supporters of a variety of major capital projects made their cases to selectmen Monday. Town officials are exploring how to possibly fund the projects and considering relying on a Proposition 2 1/ 2 debt exclusion, which temporarily raises property taxes, for funding most work.