AARP Advocates for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Statewide

Posted on 06/17/24 by Ted Carey

AARP Massachusetts believes accessory dwelling units (ADUs) could help ease the housing crunch in the Bay State.

ADUs are small secondary units often located on the same property as a primary residence. ADUs can help a variety of ways. Seniors seeking to downsize while staying connected to their communities, young adults returning to their childhood neighborhoods, and individuals with disabilities who desire independent and accessible living all benefit from these affordable living arrangements.

Right now, ADUs are regulated by cities and towns across Massachusetts. Some municipalities allow them, others have strict regulations that requires variances.

A key part of Gov. Maura Healey's housing bond bill, The Affordable Homes Act, would put statewide standards in effect for ADUs.

The Massachusetts House passed a housing bill that will allow one ADU by right per property, anymore units beyond the one would require special municipal permits.

The Massachusetts Senate is expected to take up the bill this month.

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AARP has been advocating for ADUs. AARP Massachusetts signed on to letter to Massachusetts House Speaker Ronald Mariano and House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz, urging them to allow ADU’s across the state.

AARP Massachusetts, joined many partners, including Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative CHAPA, MHP, Public Health Institute of Western Mass. and several regional planning agencies in signing on to a letter led by Abundant Housing MA. (view letter here)

The consequences of inaction are stark: Massachusetts risks losing people to more affordable states, families face housing instability, and economic growth stagnates. ADUs are a pragmatic, cost-effective step toward alleviating the current housing crisis.

The letter urges lawmakers to act swiftly and ensure statewide legalization this legislative session. The session ends July 31st.

AARP believes ADUs are a family-friendly, community-creating type of housing that the nation needs more of.
To Learn more about ADUs click here.

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