Springfield Housing Authority

Massachusetts later this month will join with a majority of the other states and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  New statewide regulations will fill a void that led to a patchwork of local rules about the product that is growing in popularity while the health risks are unknown.


The Obama Administration has announced 27 communities, among them Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts, will be part of a pilot program to bring high speed broadband Internet access to people living in public housing.   Officials in Springfield are anxious to learn more details.


The second oldest YMCA in the United States is beginning a new era in Springfield, Massachusetts with plans to expand.

The Greater Springfield YMCA is eyeing the location of a blighted long-abandoned car dealership building for a new headquarters in a campus setting that would include an outdoor athletic field along with a family center to serve a nearby public housing project.

Kirk Smith, CEO of the Springfield YMCA, said due diligence is taking place on the former Mutual Ford property at Bay St. and Berkshire Ave.

The Massachusetts Attorney General is proposing to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  There is currently a void in Massachusetts regulations that has led to a patchwork of local restrictions on the sale and use of the new product.  

       Attorney General Maura Healey Tuesday proposed regulations that would treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products, including banning sales to people under 18 years old, prohibiting free give-a-ways or sampling, require the products be kept behind store counters, and banning vending machine sales except in adults-only establishments.


A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts.   As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.



  Construction work on publicly funded housing developments in Massachusetts should be booming in coming months. The Patrick administration has committed tens of millions of dollars to build or preserve affordable housing across the state. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        $105 million in tax credits and subsidies from federal and state programs is being awarded for 36 housing developments in 28 communities.  State officials say this will build or preserve almost 22 hundred housing units and create an estimated 3000 construction jobs.


Helping people help themselves to someday leave public housing was the goal of a conference Wednesday sponsored by the public housing authority in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

    Every parent seeks a better life for their children was the motivational message aimed at more than 100 mostly young parents who attended today’s conference, some with their children in tow.