HRA accepts applications for apartments in several properties that it manages in Franklin County. All properties and units are non-smoking.

Crocker-Cutlery Apartments

Project Description

HRA manages 48 apartments funded through federal low income housing tax credits in downtown Turners Falls.

The historic Crocker Bank property on Avenue A is a three story building with commercial space on the ground floor. Second and third floor apartments are accessible by stairs and an elevator. One unit is barrier-free. There are coin-op laundry facilities for residents on the second and third floors.

The Cutlery Block consists of restored two-story row houses on Third Street. Second floor apartments are accessible by stairs. All units have decks. The apartments are conveniently located across the street from a public laundromat.

Both buildings are located within walking distance of all the amenities of downtown Turners Falls including restaurants and other small businesses, churches, the post office, banks and more.

Eligibility

Eligibility for an apartment in the Crocker Building or Cutlery Block is determined by income and rent affordability standards. Prospective tenants with a Section 8 housing choice voucher will meet income eligibility standards.

Income

Income limits are revised periodically. Please refer to the income eligibility information sheet under the heading Crocker Cutlery Apartments to view the current income eligibility limits

Rent Affordability

In addition to meeting maximum income eligibility limits, the household’s gross income must meet or exceed 65% of the maximum income if the household does not have a housing choice voucher. Please refer to the Income Eligibility Information Sheet income eligibility information sheet under the heading Crocker Cutlery Apartments to view the current minimum income eligibility limits.

Further Screening

Once it is determined that a household meets the basic income and rent affordability requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy and federal and state fair housing laws. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history and sex offender record information checks, rental history, credit history and personal references.

Priorities and Preferences

The waitlist for an apartment in the Crocker Building or Cutlery Block is first-come, first-served. No priorities or preferences are available.

Waitlist Length

Normally, applicants wait 1-2 years for an apartment to become available, but actual waiting times may be faster or slower depending on demand. Applicants will be offered the first available apartment in either the Crocker Building or the Cutlery Block.

Rents

Crocker Building:

$541 per month for a 1 bedroom apartment
$673 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment

Cutlery Block

$515 per month for a 1 bedroom apartment
$691 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment

How to Apply

To apply for an apartment in the Crocker Building or Cutlery Block, you need to fill out the CCLP Application for Housing. The application is available to pick up from our office. 

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority
ATTN: Tammy Greene
42 Canal Road
Turners Falls, MA 01376

For further information, please contact Tammy at (413) 863-9781 × 142.

The Simon Smikes House

Project Description

Smikes House offers two one-bedroom units for income-eligible residents of Whately who are elderly or disabled. The units include full kitchens and baths and laundry hooks ups.

Eligibility

Basic eligibility is determined by income and age or disability status. Applicants must also be residents of Whately at the time they apply.

Income

The income limits for Smikes House are revised periodically. Please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm the current income limits.

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 and federal and state fair housing laws to confirm eligibility. 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.

Priorities and Preferences

The waitlist for Smikes House is administered on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no preferences or priorities available.

Waitlist Length

The Smikes House is much smaller than other properties managed by HRA. Vacancies are infrequent and unpredictable.

Rents

Both units in the Simon Smikes House are rented for $444 per month.

How to Apply

To apply for an apartment in the Simon Smikes House you will need to fill out the Application for Smikes House. 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
ATTN: Tammy Greene
42 Canal Road 
Turners Falls, MA 01376

For more information, please contact Tammy at (413) 863-9781 X142.

Prospect and Grove

Project Description

HRA manages small rental properties on Prospect and Grove streets in downtown Orange, collectively referred to as P & G.

The Prospect Street building contains three units of housing subsidized through project-based Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers.

The Grove Street building contains three units of affordable housing rented at market rates.

The buildings are collectively referred to as "P & G".

Eligibility

Eligibility for an apartment in P & G is determined by income and rent affordability. Prospective tenants with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher will meet income eligibility standards.

Income

The income limits for P & G are revised periodically. Please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm the current income limits.

Rent Affordability

To be considered eligible, the household must additionally meet rent affordability standards if that household does not have a mobile Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 voucher). A household will be considered eligible if the combined household income meets or exceeds 65% of the current maximum income limit. Please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm the current income limits.

Further Screening

Once it is determined that a household meets the basic income and rent affordability requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy and federal and state fair housing laws. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history and sex offender record information checks, rental history, credit history and personal references.

Priorities and Preferences

The waitlist for an apartment in P & G is first-come-first-served. No priorities or preferences are available.

Waitlist Length

The waitlist for P&G depends on many variables including the applicant’s income, the size of the unit being applied for and current vacancies in the building.

Rents

Prospect Street:

$921 per month for a 3 bedroom apartment
$758 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment

All units have project-based Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher subsidies; actual rent owed by the tenant is based on income.

Grove Street:

$900 per month for a 4 bedroom apartment
$900 per month for a 3 bedroom apartment
$625 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment

How to Apply

To apply for a subsidized unit in the Prospect Street building of P&G, you need to fill out the Prospect and Grove Project-Based Housing Choice Voucher Application. The application is available to pick up from our office.

To apply for a market-rent unit in the Grove Street building of P & G, you will need to fill out the Prospect and Grove Application. The application is available to pick up from our office. 

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority
ATTN: Tammy Greene
42 Canal Road
Turners Falls, MA 01376

For further information, please contact Tammy at (413) 863-9781 X142.

The Ashfield House

Project Description

The Ashfield House is a historic, four-story wood-frame building located in downtown Ashfield. Eighteen apartments are subsidized through different funding sources. Upper-story units are accessible by stairs.

A full coin-op laundromat in the building is available to residents and the general public. The property is located within walking distance of small businesses and services including restaurants and convenience stores, churches and the post office.

Eligibility

Eligibility for an apartment in the Ashfield House is determined by income and rent affordability. Prospective tenants with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher will meet income eligibility standards.

Income

The income limits for teh Ashfield House are revised periodically. Please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm the current income limits.

Rent Affordability

To be considered eligible, the household must additionally meet rent affordability standards if that household does not have a mobile Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 voucher). A household will be considered eligible if the combined household income meets or exceeds 65% of the current maximum income limit.

Further Screening

Once it is determined that a household meets the basic income and rent affordability requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy and federal and state fair housing laws. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history and sex offender record information checks, rental history, credit history and personal references.

Priorities and Preferences

The waitlist for an apartment in the Ashfield House is first-come-first-served. No priorities or preferences are available.

Waitlist Length

The waitlist for Ashfield House depends on many variables including the applicant’s income, the size of the unit being applied for and current vacancies in the building.

Rents

$675-$716 per month for a 1 bedroom apartment.Rents vary depending on size of the unit.
$800-$1,000 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment. Rents vary depending on size of the unit.
$900-$1,000 per month for a 3 bedroom apartment. Rents vary depending on size of the unit.

How to Apply

To apply for a one of six units with project-based Section 8 subsidies, you need to fill out the Ashfield House Project-Based Housing Choice Voucher Application. The application is available to pick up from our office.

To apply for one of the other twelve apartments in the Ashfield House, you need to fill out the Ashfield House Application. The application is available to pick up from our office.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority
ATTN: Tammy Greene
42 Canal Road
Turners Falls, MA 01376

For further information, please contact Tammy at (413) 863-9781 X142.

Moltenbrey Apartments

Project Description

The Moltenbrey Apartments offer sober and substance-free living in downtown Turners Falls for individuals in recovery from alcohol and/or substance abuse. The historic property offers 26 single-room occupancy units with private kitchenettes and baths, a community kitchen and community living room. Second and third floor units are accessible by stairs and an elevator.

Eligibility

Basic eligibility for an apartment in the Moltenbrey is determined by income. Applicants must be committed to living in a sober and substance-free environment, and be actively working toward recovery with support from a service provider.

Income

Income limits are revised periodically. Please refer to the income eligibility information sheet under the heading Moltenbrey Apartments to view the current income eligibility limits.  Please note that the maximum household size for tenancy at Moltenbrey apartments is one (1) household member. 

Service Plan

To be considered for a room in the Moltenbrey, applicants must be firmly committed to a sober and substance-free life style. Each applicant must have a recovery service plan through ServiceNet or DIAL/SELF.

Further Screening

Once it is determined that a household meets the basic income and rent affordability requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy and federal and state fair housing laws. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history and sex offender record information checks, rental history, credit history and personal references.

Waitlist Length

The Moltenbrey Apartments wait list depends largely on unit turnover. Usually, applicants wait 6 months to 1 year for a unit to become vacant although actual waiting times may be faster or slower depending on demand.

Priorities and Preferences

The waitlist for the Moltenbrey Apartments is administered on a first-come-first-served basis. There are no preferences or priorities available.

Rents

Rent for the one-room efficiency apartments is $544. All units have project-based Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher subsidies; actual rent owed by the tenant is based on income.

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