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 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 

In Burlington, it has become increasingly difficult to find an affordable place to live. Home prices and rents have skyrocketed, young families aren't able to get a toe-hold in the market, we have a wide racial disparity in homeownership, and seniors looking to downsize have little to no options to stay in our community. 

The new Burlington Housing Needs Assessment is a comprehensive overview of our town's housing situation. The Housing Partnership Committee is grateful to everyone who joined us for focus groups, our townwide forum last Spring, and/or filled out the online survey to share their housing experiences. If we work together, we can address our town's housing challenges and continue to make Burlington a welcoming and equitable community.

Watch the video below for the 5 Key Findings in the report or read the full report


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

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.