HRA owns and/or manages 117 units of Chapter 667 state-aided public housing for the elderly and people with disabilities in Franklin County.

Program description

Tenants living in Chapter 667 state-aided housing pay 30% of their gross adjusted income as rent. The Department of Housing and Community Development provides subsidy funds to HRA to cover maintenance and operating costs of the housing facilities.

Eligibility

Basic eligibility for state-aided elderly/disabled housing is determined by age or disability status and income.

Age/Disability

To be considered elderly, the applicant must be at least 60 years of age.

Persons who are under 60 years of age with one or more physical or mental disabilities may be determined eligible for chapter 667 housing if the disability is determined to be of long and continued duration. Persons with disabilities must also demonstrate that the private market is unavailable to provide the applicant with the special architectural design features and so forces the applicant to live in substandard housing and/or pay excessive rents.

Income

Income limits for Chapter 667 elderly/disabled housing are set at 80% of the median area income. Please refer to the income eligibility limits under the heading State-Aided Public Housing to view the current income eligibility limits. While viewing the chart, please note that the maximum household size for Chapter 667 housing through HRA is two (2) household members.

Further Screening

Once it is determined that a household meets the basic age/disability status and income requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy, federal and state fair housing laws and regulations set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history (including a sex offender record information check), rental history, credit history and a personal reference check.

Preferences and Priority

Once the application is completed and processed, applicants are selected in chronological order by date of application. However, preference is given to applicants who are veterans of the United States Armed Services. Preference is given to racial minorities in compliance with affirmative action laws. Preference is given to applicants who reside in the town in which the housing facility is located. Priority may be given if the applicant is homeless through no fault of his or her own.

Current Wait List Length

Waiting times vary greatly depending on unit turn-over and priority applications. No wait time estimate should be taken as any form of guarantee. The current average wait time for state-aided elderly/disabled housing through HRA is two years.

How to Apply

To apply for Chapter 667 state-aided housing you will need to fill out the Department of Housing and Community Development Universal Application. If you do not have access to a printer, please contact HRA at (413) 863-9781 and request an application or stop by the office at 42 Canal Road in Turners Falls to pick one up.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority
42 Canal Road
Turners Falls, MA 01376

For more information, please contact us at (413) 863-9781.

Elderly/Disabled Housing Facilities in Franklin County

All properties owned or managed by HRA are non-smoking properties. HRA operates a 24 hour emergency response system for maintenance issues in addition to weekly on-site property management. All developments are located in proximity to convenience stores, shops and restaurants. All developments include community kitchens, community living rooms and on-site shared laundry facilities.

Stratton Manor, Bernardston

  • 20 one-bedroom units in two buildings surrounding a courtyard.
  • 2 accessible units for persons with mobility impairments
  • Community room

Stoughton Place, Gill

  • 14 one-bedroom units (elevator access to second floor units)
  • 1 accessible unit for persons with mobility impairments
  • Community room

Squakheag Village, Northfield

  • 20 one bedroom units (elevator access to second floor units)
  • 2 handicap accessible units
  • Community room

Winslow Wentworth House, Turners Falls
The Winslow Wentworth house offers semi-assisted congregate living units.

  • 17 units, shared baths
  • Community spaces including a communal kitchen
  • HRA partners with Franklin County Home Care to coordinate essential services
  • Barrier-free access
  • Prepared noon-time meal

Highland Village, Shelburne Falls
Located in Shelburne Falls, Highland Village is owned by the Shelburne Housing Authority and managed by HRA.

  • 46 units of state-assisted housing
  • 1 accessible two-bedroom unit for persons with mobility impairments
  • 2 accessible one-bedroom units for persons with mobility impairments
  • Community spaces include a recreation hall with kitchen
  • Community laundry facilities

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