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Hampshire County Emergency Food & Shelter Program Funding Available

From the United Way of Hampshire County:

Local agencies that provide emergency food, shelter, rental or utility assistance in Hampshire County Massachusetts are invited to apply for federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  EFSP is a public/private partnership that disburses federal funds to local nonprofit organizations through a competitive process overseen by a local volunteer board. United Way of Hampshire County acts as administrator for the county.

Applications are DUE Thursday, September 1, 2016 and must be submitted online. 

The survey link address is:

Supplemental materials should be emailed to .

In the prior phase, awards ranged from approximately $1,000.00 to $4,000.00.  The minimum funding request is $500.00. The EFSP National Board has set the overnight per diem fixed rate allowance for Mass Shelter at $12.50 and the per meal allowance fixed rate for Served Meals at $2.00.

For further information and eligibility details, please contact:

James Ayres, United Way of Hampshire County, 413-584-3962 x106 or


New Veterans Housing Available in Springfield!

The Bilingual Veterans outreach center is currently leasing up a newly constructed property in Springfield, MA designed for single homeless veterans.  The property features 19 enhanced efficiency units, all units have a project based Massachusetts Rental Voucher, qualified veterans will pay only 30% of their income for their housing.  Units are furnished and include utilities.  This beautiful property has off street parking, is close to downtown Springfield, on-site laundry, accessible units, an elevator and community room.  On site services will be provided by the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center.

Qualified applicants will be at 30% of area median income – FY 2016 $17,500.  Must have discharge paperwork (DD214) or a VA medical card.

Applications may be requested to be sent by mail/email by calling 413-731-0194, TTY/TTD 413.233.1699, (TTY Calls only, ask to speak with Faith Williams) Or by,  Applications may be picked up in person from Bi-lingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, 281 Franklin Street, Springfield, MA Monday – Friday 9-4.

Northampton Affordable Housing Project Receives State Funding

Great news for affordable housing development in Western MA:

On March 11, 2016, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced an award of affordable housing resources from MA Department of Housing and Community Development for HAPHousing’s Live 155 development in downtown Northampton. Live 155 will consist of 70 studio and one-bedroom apartments and 2,800 square feet of retail space on Pleasant Street. HAPHousing and third-party providers will offer a range of supportive services to Live 155 residents. The cost for construction of the building is estimated at $14 million. HAPHousing plans to close on all financing in August and commence building demolition and construction in September. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2017.

Read more here.

MA Senate Issues ‘Housing Crisis’ Report

Just released: Facing Massachusetts’ Housing Crisis,  Special Senate Committee on Housing Report

Excerpted from the Introduction and Executive Summary:

“Massachusetts is currently dealing with a severe housing crisis due in large part to a low rate of housing production which has not kept pace with population growth and needs, soaring rents that have outpaced wages, and the lingering effects of the foreclosure crisis. As a result, there is a shortage of suitable and affordable units for young workers, growing families, and the increasing senior population…

Faced with these challenges, Senate President Stan Rosenberg created the Special Senate Committee on Housing, Chaired by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry with Vice Chair Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, to recommend a series of policy changes to address this crisis. The Committee decided to form an advisory group with experts in the ield of housing, including: representatives of real estate business groups, non-proit housing organizations, tenants and landlords’ organizations, academia and staff at the Department of Housing and Community Development.”

Read more here.