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4.27.20 START Launches

Salem has launched START, the Salem Together Assistance and Recovery Toolkit.  The toolkit has resources for both residents and small businesses in Salem who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

For homeowners, several local banks are offering at least 3 months of deferred mortgage payments with no late fees or credit penalties. Deferred payments are added to the conclusion of the mortgage and spread out over the same timeframe.

For renters, Salem is offering rental assistance to those who qualify.  The assistance consists of two $500 monthly payments paid directly to the landlord.  This is available per household to those making 50% or less than the Area Median Income.

For small business owners, Salem has small business relief grants of up to $10,000.  To qualify for the grant, the business must be both for-profit and have a brick and mortar location.  The grant would not require repayment as long as the terms of the grant agreement are met.

You can find more information about START here.

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4.16.20 Landlord Relief

In a proposal filed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, landlords may soon be able to request assistance from the state if tenants fall behind on rental payments.

The assistance would come in the form of mortgage relief. A loss of at least 50% of rental income would need to be shown to be eligible.

The bill is aimed to complement the recent legislation that would prohibit landlords from filing evictions in Massachusetts.  

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4.14.20 Salem Public Hearings Continue


Last night, the Salem City Council and Planning Board met jointly for another Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance and Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

Both issues were presented by the planning department. Councilors then asked questions before the meeting was opened for public comment.  No votes were taken on either ordinance.  Instead both Public Hearings will be continued on May 4th. 

This was the second time the ADU ordinance was open for public comment and the first time the public could voice comment concerning the Inclusionary Zoning ordinance.  A further presentation by the planning department about the Inclusionary Zoning ordinance is expected for the next public hearing.


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4.10.20 Continued Salem Public Hearings

On Monday, April 13th, Salem will hold a Public Hearing to receive public comment on both the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

The discussion of the ADU ordinance is a continuance from the Public Hearing that began on March 30th.  At that meeting, NSAR submitted a letter of support for the ordinance.  The Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, due to time constraints, was not opened for public comment at the prior meeting.

Monday’s Public Hearing with be conducted using Zoom.  You can find the login information here.

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3.31.20 Salem Holds Remote Public Hearing

Yesterday, a joint meeting of the Salem City Council and Planning Board was held remotely to receive public comment on both the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. The public was able to participate by a call in number, from Zoom teleconference, or by watching live on Salem Access Television. This is the first public hearing to be held in this manner.

The meeting centered on the ADU Ordinance. A presentation of informational material and what changes the ADU ordinance proposed was made by Tom Daniel and Amanda Chiancola of the Salem Planning Department.

During the public hearing NSAR delivered a letter of support for the ADU ordinance presented by 2020 NSAR President Cynthia Nina-Soto.

Public comment on the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance did not begin due to time constraints.  The public hearing will be continued in two weeks to give an opportunity for more public comment.

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3.27.20 Public Hearing on Salem's ADU and Inclusionary Zoning Ordinances

On Monday, March 20th, the Salem City Council will hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board to discuss both the Accessory Dwelling Ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

You can find an overview of the ADU Ordinance here and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance here.

This public hearing will be held remotely through Zoom and by call in due to public health measures surrounding COVID-19.  Salem is utilizing remote meetings during the State of Emergency in accordance to Governor Baker’s recent executive order concerning Open Meeting Law. Log in information for the meeting can be found on the meeting’s agenda.

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