affordable housing http://wamc.org en Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues http://wamc.org/post/capital-region-mayors-discuss-housing-issues <p>Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.</p><p>The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities &amp; Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:15:43 +0000 Lucas Willard 88016 at http://wamc.org Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development http://wamc.org/post/study-finds-strong-potential-downtown-housing-development <p>A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed.&nbsp; But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 78033 at http://wamc.org Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development Officials Praise Regional Housing Plan http://wamc.org/post/officials-praise-regional-housing-plan <p>At a meeting today in Chicopee ,top federal and state housing officials praised a newly released plan for expanding access to housing in a large area of western Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The report by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is the first effort to create a regional housing plan that covers 43 diverse western Massachusetts communities including impoverished urban centers, well-off suburbs, and rural sparsely populated towns.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:14:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 77724 at http://wamc.org Officials Praise Regional Housing Plan HUD Foreclosure Decision Expected In September For Tornado Damaged Homes http://wamc.org/post/hud-foreclosure-decision-expected-september-tornado-damaged-homes <p>More than two years after a tornado tore through a low-income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts, the residents of the damaged complex face an uncertain future.&nbsp; More than two dozen homes remain vacant and condemned and there is the threat of foreclosure by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:26:12 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70239 at http://wamc.org HUD Foreclosure Decision Expected In September For Tornado Damaged Homes Grants Will Support Energy Efficiency Upgrades To Affordable Housing In Mass. Gateway Cities http://wamc.org/post/grants-will-support-energy-efficiency-upgrades-affordable-housing-mass-gateway-cities <p></p><p>This week, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that promotes the advancement of renewable energy in the commonwealth, announced that it will contribute $1 million to help affordable housing developments save energy costs by becoming more efficient.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:09:59 +0000 Lucas Willard 69848 at http://wamc.org Grants Will Support Energy Efficiency Upgrades To Affordable Housing In Mass. Gateway Cities Report Adds More Information to Williamstown's Housing Dilemma http://wamc.org/post/report-adds-more-information-williamstowns-housing-dilemma <p></p><p>A recently released report provides a deeper look into the housing needs of one small Berkshire County community.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Williamstown’s Affordable Housing Committee recently commissioned a study on the housing needs of the community by housing and development consultant, John Ryan.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 21:35:45 +0000 Lucas Willard 64406 at http://wamc.org Report Adds More Information to Williamstown's Housing Dilemma Williamstown Voters Decide to Take No Action on Housing Articles http://wamc.org/post/williamstown-voters-decide-take-no-action-housing-articles <p></p><p>More than 750 voters filled the gymnasium of the Mount Greylock Regional High School on Wednesday, with many expecting to vote on articles that would determine the future use for properties currently under conservation restriction.</p><p> One article was included as the result of a citizen’s petition, which sought to place a permanent restriction on the 30.5-acre parcel of land known as the Lowry Property, and a nearby 140-acre parcel known as the Burbank Property.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:47:23 +0000 Lucas Willard 63133 at http://wamc.org Williamstown Voters Decide to Take No Action on Housing Articles Volunteers To Repair Houses In Poor Neighborhood http://wamc.org/post/volunteers-repair-houses-poor-neighborhood <p>A massive housing renovation project will take place this Saturday in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.&nbsp; A thousand volunteers will pack two contiguous streets &nbsp;in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and do major repair &nbsp;work on more than two dozen homes..</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Carol Granado is excited about the work planned on her home at 163 Tyler Street that will include a new roof, exterior painting, new bathroom plumbing and three new windows.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:26:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 63033 at http://wamc.org Volunteers To Repair Houses In Poor Neighborhood Williamstown Residents to Vote on Lifting Conservation Restriction on Land Eyed for Development http://wamc.org/post/williamstown-residents-vote-lifting-conservation-restriction-land-eyed-development <p>Residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts tonight will vote for or against opening a portion of conservation-restricted for development. The land is being considered as a potential site for new affordable housing units.</p><p></p><p>Williamstown has received a $6 million Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA to purchase and demolish the Spruces Mobile Home Park and build replacement affordable housing for residents at another area in town. Most of the homes in the Spruces were destroyed by flooding in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 62938 at http://wamc.org Williamstown Residents to Vote on Lifting Conservation Restriction on Land Eyed for Development Berkshire Residents Meet to Discuss Housing Issues http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-residents-meet-discuss-housing-issues <div><p></p><p>The open forum, held at a monthly meeting of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, was attended by about 85 Berkshire County housing advocates and area residents.</p><p></p><p>Though the discussion was largely focused on the need for increased affordable housing in the Northern Berkshires, the lack of available housing stock for low income families is an ongoing issue throughout the region.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:38:06 +0000 Lucas Willard 62137 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Residents Meet to Discuss Housing Issues