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Scattered-Site Rental Assistance:
The Department of Leased Housing and Rental Assistance assists close to six
hundred households to live affordably in quality private market rental housing.
Senior citizens, families, and special needs citizens benefit from federal and
state rental subsidies that enable them to lease code compliant apartments.
The HRA shares an FSS Coordinator with the Greenfield Housing Authority. Section
8 Family Self-Sufficiency is a savings program that enable Section 8 FSS participants
to realize their goals of starting a business, job-training, higher education,
homeownership, and more. This has been a successful partnership with the GHA
for many motivated FSS participants.
Section 8 Home Ownership:
See Home Ownership.
Owned and Managed
The Department manages and maintains elderly and family public housing in varying
locations throughout the County that is owned and was developed by the HRA.
The Department also manages and maintains a Congregate facility for frail elders
and disabled individuals that was developed by the HRA with services from the
Franklin County Home Care Corporation.
The Department also manages and maintains 48 units of substantially renovated
affordable housing developed by Crocker Cutlery, Inc. These recently restored
award winning historic properties are located in the Village of Turners Falls
in the Town of Montague.
The Department provides project based rental assistance in support of this Franklin
County CDC owned property with services to provide housing for homeless adolescents
and parenting teens in the Village of Turners Falls.
The Department is managing and maintaining 26 units of single person occupancy
substance-free housing with services in the Village of Turners Falls for Rural
Development, Inc. This property will soon be substantially renovated to improve
the quality of these units to extend the life of this facility and make it fully
code compliant and accessible.
Providing education, support,
and information to tenants, landlords, and homeowners to resolve their specific
housing issues. This has been a wonderful regional resources to assist tenants
to stabilize and preserve their tenancies, for landlords to gain the skills
to better manage their business as landlords, and to provide information for
people to resolve their respective housing issues.
Provided with good information,
people can - and will- make good decisions about purchasing a home, renting
an apartment, or managing a rental property. Tenants, landlords, prospective
homebuyers, and homeowners can access information designed to maximize housing
stability, strengthen investments, and minimize disputes. Services offered include:
* Landlord Education
* Renter Education
* Homebuyer Education
* Homeownership Support