"The relevant regulation, in pertinent part, disqualifies an applicant who has 'a history of failure to meet material lease terms or the equivalent at one or more prior residences.' Here, however, DHCD
made no finding of fact that there was any lease governing Deal's prior tenancy, let alone a 'material lease term' requiring her to pay for electricity.
"In the beginning, we went ahead without the endorsement of DHCD
,'' he continued.
declined to comment on the time limit program Monday, saying the matter was between the WHA and HUD.
The project is also receiving financing from the sale of state and federal low-income housing tax credits, DHCD
and the city of Worcester.
The group expects to hear from DHCD
in late June or early July.
In the order, the town cited four specific reasons for the cease and desist, including the lack of a project eligibility letter from the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD
), which oversees 40B affordable housing projects.
The planning office has met with DHCD
and is preparing the necessary documentation and certifications for the project, among them a signed lease and proposed invoices to make sure the grant funding is sufficient.
After a meeting town officials and local legislators had with DHCD
representatives, a spokeswoman said that agency will begin notifying communities beforehand.