Housing Partnership Committee

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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 Board of Selectmen 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. 

Upcoming Meetings

September 20, 6:00 pm ET

Housing Needs Assessment


At the September 2021 Town Meeting, members will have the opportunity to vote favorably for 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.

For more information about the proposed assessment, read the Committee's Letter to the Editor

Committee Members

  • Michael Runyan, Chair
  • Ernie Covino, Vice Chair
  • Kerry Donahue, Secretary
  • Rita Shah
  • Eileen Sickler
  • John Sullivan
  • Henry Wu

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.