Programs and Services
The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority current offers the following programs and services.
Community Development Services
HRA helps Franklin County municipalities finance and implement affordable housing and community development programs. We develop competitive applications for Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and can assist towns that have adopted the Community Preservation Act with CPA-funded affordable housing projects. Our community development services include, but are not limited to:
HRA manages zero-interest deferred payment loan funds to bring single and multi-family homes into compliance with building and sanitary codes.
Infrastructure and Public Facilities
HRA works with Franklin County towns to develop infrastructure and public facilities projects, such as street and sidewalk reconstruction and improvements to public buildings and water and sewer facilities.
HRA can help towns conduct feasibility studies and develop training programs. We have also worked on projects to improve downtown business districts.
HRA administers programs that help social service providers secure funding and target programs to the elderly, families, adolescents, and special needs groups.
Affordable Rental Apartments
HRA owns and/or manages more than 250 affordable rental apartments in Franklin County.
State-Assisted Public Housing
HRA manages 117 state-subsidized public housing units for income-eligible elders and persons with disabilities in Bernardston, Gill, Montague, Northfield and Shelburne. For more information on these rentals, click here.
HRA offers 27 state-subsidized public housing units for income-eligible families. Apartments are located in Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Orange and Northfield. For more information on these rentals, click here.
HRA manages 48 affordable apartments in the historic Cutlery Block and Crocker Building in downtown Turners Falls. For more information on these rentals, click here.
The historic Ashfield House offers 18 affordable rental apartments in the center of rural Ashfield. Some units are subsidized. For more information, click here.
Prospect and Grove
HRA manages six affordable apartments in downtown Orange. Some units are subsidized. For more information, click here.
Smikes House is a two-family home in Whately offering affordable apartments for income-eligible seniors. For more information, click here.
HRA manages two subsidized accessible rental apartments designed for income-eligible individuals with disabilities at the Wisdom Way Solar Village in Greenfield. For more information, click here.
Sober and Substance Free Living
The historic Moltenbrey Building in downtown Turners Falls offers subsidized single-room occupancy apartments and supportive services for individuals in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse. For more information click here.
Property Management Services
Leased Housing Services
HRA administers federal and state programs that provide income-eligible households in Franklin County and the town of Athol with subsidies to rent safe, decent affordable housing.
Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
HRA administers the federally-funded Housing Choice Voucher Program (popularly known as “Section 8”), which helps extremely low and very low-income households pay rent. Section 8 voucher holders are also eligible for the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. HRA participates in the Centralized Section 8 waiting list as of February 1, 2017. Applications can also be completed online at http://www.section8listmass.org/. You can review the the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program here.
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
The MRVP is a rental assistance program for low-income families funded through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. HRA is not accepting applications for this program at this time. For more information click here.
Homelessness Prevention and Re-Housing
HRA currently offers two programs for families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) is a financial assistance program designed to help families facing a one-time extraordinary financial hardship get back on their feet.
Housing Consumer Education Center
HRA’s Housing Consumer Education Center is a one-stop source of information, education and referrals on housing-related issues for all residents of Franklin County, regardless of income. We offer answers to a wide range of questions about all types of housing problems. Tenants, landlords, prospective buyers, and homeowners can access information designed to maximize housing stability, strengthen investments, and minimize disputes.
Gain information on the rights and responsibilities tailored to help renters function independently in the private, non-subsidized housing market including.
HRA provides home ownership education to first-time buyers to help them find and finance a home. For more information click here.
HRA offers post-purchase education to help homeowners avoid or address problems that may lead to mortgage default or foreclosure. We also provide information about programs that can assist homeowners with weatherization and repairs. For more information, click here.