Housing Partnership Committee


The mission of the Burlington Housing Partnership Committee (BHPC) is to consider housing needs in Burlington with particular attention to housing opportunities that are affordable to residents of all income levels and abilities. The Committee shall seek to expand the inventory of decent, safe, affordable housing in Burlington through public and private partnerships, and will make recommendations to the Select Board on steps the Town can take to support the creation of new housing options to address those needs, and to maintain existing affordable housing in Burlington. The Committee will promote the creation and preservation of housing and housing programs that:

  • Enable people with incomes below the area median to access an affordable place to live.

  • Create and maintain adequate affordable housing in Burlington to meet or exceed the state’s benchmark for 10 percent of the town’s total housing units to be affordable to those with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income.

  • Promote a diverse, economically vibrant, and welcoming community with housing choices and opportunities free from housing discrimination. 

Housing Needs Assessment 

At the September 2021 Town Meeting, members voted to approve an independent housing needs assessment, proposed by the Housing Partnership Committee. Such an assessment has never been done in Burlington; it will provide an overview of our town's demographics and trends, current housing inventory, and housing needs, and will serve as a guide to develop equitable housing policies, budgets, programs, and strategies.

Since last fall, the town has hosted community focus groups, a townwide forum, and fielded a housing survey for residents to gather information about the town's housing needs. The final Housing Needs Assessment report will be completed and released this summer.

Watch a BCAT story about the Housing Needs Assessment.

Upcoming Meetings

Visit the Agendas & Minutes section of the town website for upcoming meeting information.

Committee Members

  • Kerry Donahue, Chair
  • Eileen Sickler, Vice Chair
  • Henry Wu, Secretary
  • Toni Ann Natola
  • Mike Runyan
  • Rita Shah
  • John Sullivan

Committee Membership

The Select Board makes annual appointments to Housing Partnership Committee in June. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please fill out the Town of Burlington Committee Application and submit it to the Town Administrator's office.