Housing Choice Coalition

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YWCA The Greater Newburyport Housing Choice Coalition

Housing Choice Coalition

Upcoming Meetings & Events

The next meeting of the Housing Choice Coalition will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 6 PM at the Newbury Town Library on Lunt St.  Our speaker will be Rev. Jared Mercer, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport.  St Paul’s, along with the First Religious Society, have been instrumental in providing housing for 5 Afghan families since they arrived in Newburyport in 2021.  Rev. Mercer will give us an update on the effort to obtain permanent housing for these families and will talk to us about how we can support these efforts.

We will have progress reports from our working groups (legislative, communication/outreach, and projects), and will also discuss housing-related news and happenings in our area.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to support housing equity and justice in the Greater Newburyport area.  We believe that our community can and should be welcoming and inclusive, with housing options to meet the needs of people of difference incomes, abilities, household types, and stages of life.  We support the creation of new housing, and the upgrading of existing housing for households with limited incomes, and/or special needs, and the developments that encourage reuse of existing structures.

The YWCA Greater Newburyport Housing Choice Coalition will actively support policies, zoning changes, developments and projects that will further the creation of housing in Greater Newburyport to address diverse housing needs, including housing for those who work in Greater Newburyport. We seek to collaborate with residents and others who care deeply about Greater Newburyport and want to join us in assuring that our community is thriving, welcoming, and inclusive.

Our History

The Coalition was formed in 2023 as a program managed and supported by the YWCA Newburyport in cooperation with the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). CHAPA is the leading affordable housing advocacy organization in Massachusetts.

Our Communities

The Coalition serves the communities of Amesbury, Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, and Salisbury.

Our Team

Our team consists of volunteers from our communities who are committed to the mission of creating more housing choice:

Judy Tymon, Coordinator
Jamie Blackburn
AnnMary Connor
Sarah Holden

Jackie Meers
Marianne Vesey
Pam Wool


MBTA Communities Toolkit
Find out more about the MBTA Communities Act with this information from “Abundant Housing Massachusetts” by clicking the link below.

Blog – The Journey from Housing to Home

Every Monday, our team produces a column in the Newburyport Daily News dedicated to a housing topic.  These topics range from personal stories of local residents who have been impacted by the housing crises, to explorations of various housing topics such as zoning as well as affordable housing resources.  Anyone is welcome to contribute to this effort.

Meeting Minutes

The Coalition has been meeting monthly since October and will be meeting every month on the third Thursday of each month.

October 25, 2023 – Meeting Minutes
October 25 – Meeting Presentation

December 13, 2023 – Meeting Minutes

January 18, 2024 – Meeting Minutes

March 21 – Meeting Minutes
March 21 – Meeting Presentation

Working Groups

The members of the coalition will be working in groups that are focused on various housing aspects of the work to create more housing choice:

Legislative Group

Research and advocate for state and local legislation to support affordable housing.


Provide educational material for residents and local officials that supports more housing choice.


Advocate for the creation of affordable housing developments in each community.


Create material to communicate the activities of the coalition, including news articles and opinion letters


Contact Us

If you’re interested in joining the coalition to advocate for more housing choice in your community, please get in touch by emailing jmeers@ywcanewburyport.org, or calling 978-465-9922 the YWCA Newburyport front desk.

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