About the Affordable Housing Trust Fund

The Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (SAHTF) was created in 1989 by a City ordinance to preserve and create affordable rental and homeownership units in Somerville, and to carry out programs to directly assist homeowners and renters. All of its activities must benefit low to moderate income households (with incomes at or below 110% of area median income).



All linkage fees from commercial development in Somerville go to the Trust, as do payments made in lieu of units pursuant to the City's Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. The Trust also receives revenues from the repayment of Trust-funded loans to affordable housing developers, first-time homebuyers, and renters receiving security deposit, arrearage, or other loans. To date, it has received $1.5 million in resources.

  • Members

  • Funding & Opportunities

  • Mary Cassesso, Managing Trustee
  • Lisa Davidson
  • Michael Feloney
  • Donna Haynes
  • Beth Howe
  • Daniel LeBlanc, Clerk
  • Mark Niedergang
  • Martin Polignone
  • Andrea Shapiro, Assistant Managing Trustee