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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 emailingSGTGOMEZ@AOL.COMdfailey@haphousing.org,darrellj2016@gmail.com.  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.

 

 

 

Hampden and Hampshire County RAFT Funds Available

A notice from HAPHousing:

HAP received a large reallocation of RAFT funds that need to be expended by June 30th the latest.  Clients can be assessed Monday through Friday at our Springfield office and Monday/Wednesday/Friday at our Holyoke office, 267 High Street.

Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT):  

To be eligible for RAFT your family must:

  • Be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Be income eligible
  • Have faced unforeseen difficulties that resulted in loss of income or increase in expenses.
  • Have a dependent under the age of 21.

RAFT funds can pay for moving cost assistance, rent arrears, utility arrears and rental stipends. RAFT also helps families who have to move but do not have enough money to pay a security deposit, utility startup costs, or first/last month’s rent and furniture. (No more than $1000 can be paid for furniture).