Cottage Street Commons Informational Session

Affordable Housing Opportunity: Three two bedroom apartments and two one bedroom apartments available for rent in the newly constructed Cottage Street Commons, 49 Cottage Street, Easthampton MA. Utilities are not included.  One bedroom units are $1,595.00 per month with a $167.00 monthly utility allowance, and two bedroom units are $1,794.00 per month with a $215.00 monthly utility allowance.  Income eligibility, as defined by HUD pursuant to section 3 of the 42 U.S.C. 1437 (the Housing Act of 1937), is as follows:

Household Size

Maximum Income

80% AMI

1

$55,800

2

$63,800

3

$71,750

4

$79,700

5

$86,100

6

$92,500

Located in the center of Easthampton’s Cultural District, with off street parking and handicapped accessible.  Walk to shops, restaurants the Nashawannuck Pond Boardwalk and more. First, Last, and Security deposit required. No pets (unless a service animal) and it is a smoke free building.

All reasonable accommodations shall be offered, and all applicants shall be considered regardless of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, ancestry, children, marital status, or public assistance recipiency.

Please contact: Valley Apartment Rentals at 203 Northampton Street, Easthampton, MA, 01027,
(413) 203-2260, TTY/TTD number 711, or valleyapartmentrentals@gmail.com, for information and applications. 

Applications may be picked up in person, emailed, or sent by mail.  Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here.

Translation Assistance available at no cost upon request.

No preference shall be given to those who pick up applications in person.

All qualified applicants shall be selected based upon a lottery process.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, February 26, 2024

 An informational meeting will be held at the Cliffview Manor Community Room, 36 Lussier Circle, Easthampton, MA 01027  on Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 5:00PM to 6:00PM for more information. 

Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory for participation in the lottery process

This will also be available on zoom by going to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86212023340?pwd=L3hVWlJoaU9BVTYzallGZWc4TWtpUT09

Meeting ID: 862 1202 3340      Passcode: 1228

Public Hearing Notice – FY2024 Federal Annual Plan

The Public is advised Northampton Housing Authority has made the following draft document proposals available for public review and inspection:

The changes to the plans consist of minor amendments proposed as a result of regulatory changes made or authorized by HUD. As the NHA makes changes to the draft plans as a result of recommendations from groups such as the Resident Advisory Board, and other written comment, those changes will be added as supplementary to the copy of the plans available for review.

NHA will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the draft plans and proposed policy revisions on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 5:30PM.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82535643018?pwd=NGhNZHJQbVUxYldKVktEMFdDMTJ1QT09

Or Join via Zoom.us by entering Meeting ID: 825 3564 3018 and Passcode: 0320

Written comments are welcomed and must be received by March 16, 2023 by 12:00PM for consideration. Written comments can be submitted by:

First Class Mail:        ATTN: Jack Redman

Or In person:             NHA’s Main Office, 49 Old South, Northampton, MA 01060.

Fax:                            ATTN: Jack Redman             Fax Number: (413) 582-1350
E-mail:                        SrPmgr@northamptonhousing.org

Notice of Public Hearing – Northampton Housing Authority’s Proposed State Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2025

Notice of Public Hearing

The Northampton Housing Authority invites all tenants and the general public to a review of the Authority’s Proposed Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2025

The Annual Plan is intended to provide insight into the Authority’s operations and plans for the coming fiscal year as they affect the Authority’s state-aided public housing. The Proposed Annual Plan is comprised of the following elements:

1. Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (5-year)

2. Proposed Maintenance and Repair Plan

3. Current Operating Budget

4. Responses to the Performance Management Review (PMR) findings

5. List of housing authority policies

6. List of waivers from governing regulations of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

7. Other elements

Hearing time and date: 05:30 PM on 03/18/2024

Hearing location: Join Zoom Meeting www.zoom.us

Meeting ID: 829 7054 6355

Passcode: 0318

Residents and the general public are invited to review the Annual Plan before the hearing and may submit public comments as noted below. The Authority shall consider the concerns of any Local Tenants’ Organization (LTO) or Resident Advisory Board (RAB) regarding needs and priorities and incorporate some or all of such needs and priorities in the draft plan if deemed by the Authority to be consistent with sound management.



Substantive comments will be summarized and included in the Annual Plan when it is submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

o Copies of the Annual Plan are available at the Authority’s office or may be reviewed online at: https://tinyurl.com/LHA-MA-AnnualPlan

o Comments may be submitted orally at the hearing, by emailing the housing authority office, or by submitting written comments at the housing authority office. Comments must be received no later than the close of the public hearing.

o For reasonable accommodation requests contact the housing authority office by 03/11/2024 at 4:30PM.

o Contact information for Northampton Housing Authority:

Office: 49 Old South Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 584-4030

Email: cao@northamptonhousing.org

Notice of Public Hearing – Northampton Housing Authority’s Proposed State Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2024

Notice of Public Hearing

The Northampton Housing Authority invites all tenants and the general public to a review of the Authority’s Proposed Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2024

The Annual Plan is intended to provide insight into the Authority’s operations and plans for the coming fiscal year as they affect the Authority’s state-aided public housing. The Proposed Annual Plan is comprised of the following elements:

1. Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (5-year)

2. Proposed Maintenance and Repair Plan

3. Current Operating Budget

4. Responses to the Performance Management Review (PMR) findings

5. List of housing authority policies

6. List of waivers from governing regulations of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

7. Other elements

Hearing time and date: 05:30 PM on 04/24/2023

Hearing location: Join Zoom Meeting www.zoom.us

Meeting ID: 894 0302 3384

Passcode: 0424

Residents and the general public are invited to review the Annual Plan before the hearing and may submit public comments as noted below. The Authority shall consider the concerns of any Local Tenants’ Organization (LTO) or Resident Advisory Board (RAB) regarding needs and priorities and incorporate some or all of such needs and priorities in the draft plan if deemed by the Authority to be consistent with sound management.



Substantive comments will be summarized and included in the Annual Plan when it is submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

o Copies of the Annual Plan are available at the Authority’s office or may be reviewed online at: https://tinyurl.com/LHA-MA-AnnualPlan

o Comments may be submitted orally at the hearing, by emailing the housing authority office, or by submitting written comments at the housing authority office. Comments must be received no later than the close of the public hearing.

o For reasonable accommodation requests contact the housing authority office by 04/10/2023 at 04:00 PM.

o Contact information for Northampton Housing Authority:

Office: 49 Old South Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 584-4030

Email: cao@northamptonhousing.org

McDonald House Residents Issued Emergency 911 Pendants

New Emergency 911 pendants began being issued to all residents interested at McDonald House Apartments starting August 25, 2021. 

Always have emergency services on standby with this mobile medical alert pendant. One push of the button will put you in touch with a 911 response team, whether you’re inside or outside of your home.

The MySafe Pendant has been tested to an IPX6 Waterproof Rating to provide protection against running water. Do not submerge in water.

Here is an instructional video on how to utilize the pendant 

Public Hearing – State Annual Plan for FY22 – March 15, 2021

Notice of Public Hearing

The Northampton Housing Authority

invites all tenants and the general public to a review of the

Authority’s Proposed Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2022

The Annual Plan is intended to provide insight into the Authority’s operations and plans for the coming fiscal year as they affect the Authority’s state-aided public housing. The Proposed

Annual Plan is comprised of the following elements:

  1. Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (5-year)
  2. Proposed Maintenance and Repair Plan
  3. Current Operating Budget
  4. Responses to the Performance Management Review (PMR) findings
  5. List of housing authority policies
  6. List of waivers from governing regulations of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  7. Other elements

Hearing time and date:     6:30 PM on 03/15/2021

Hearing location: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 0724 7130
Passcode: 0315

Residents and the general public are invited to review the Annual Plan before the hearing and may submit public comments as noted below. The Authority shall consider the concerns of any Local Tenants’ Organization (LTO) or Resident Advisory Board (RAB) regarding needs and priorities and incorporate some or all of such needs and priorities in the draft plan if deemed by the Authority to be consistent with sound management. Substantive comments will be summarized and included in the Annual Plan when it is submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

  • Copies of the Annual Plan are available at the Authority’s office or may be reviewed online at https://tinyurl.com/LHA-MA-AnnualPlan
  • Comments may be submitted orally at the hearing, by emailing the housing authority office, or by submitting written comments at the housing authority office. Comments must be received no later than the close of the public hearing.
  • For reasonable accommodation requests contact the housing authority office by 03/01/2021 at 4:30 PM.
  • Contact information for Northampton Housing Authority:
    Office: 49 Old South Street, Northampton, MA 01060
    Phone: (413) 584-4030
    Email: execdir@northamptonhousing.org

Aviso de audiencia publica

El/La Northampton Housing uthority

invita a todos los arrendatarios y al publico en general a una revision

del Plan nual Propuesto por la autoridad para el afio fiscal 2022

El Plan anual tiene como objetivo dar a conocer las operaciones de la autoridad y sus planes para el afio fiscal entrante en lo que respecta a sus iniciativas de vivienda publica con financiamiento estatal. El Plan anual propuesto comprende los siguientes elementos:

  1. Plan de mejoras de capital propuesto (5 afios)
  2. Plan de mantenimiento y reparaciones propuesto
  3. Presupuesto operativo actual
  4. Respuestas a los hallazgos en la Revision de gestion del desempefio (PMR)
  5. Listado de las politicas de la autoridad de vivienda
  6. Listado de las exenciones a las normas vigentes del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario (DHCD)
  7. Otros elementos

Fecha y hora de la audiencia: 6:30 PM del03/15/2021

Lugar de la audiencia: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 0724 7130

Passcode: 0315

Invitamos a los residentes y al publico en general a leer el Plan anual antes de la audiencia y a hacer comentarios publicos por los medios que se indican mas abajo. La autoridad tomara en consideracion las inquietudes de cualquier organizacion de arrendatarios locales (LTO) o junta asesora de residentes (R B) en relacion con las necesidades y prioridades. Si las considera consistentes con los principios de buena gestion, la autoridad incorporara dichas necesidades y prioridades -en parte o en su totalidad-en la version preliminar del plan. Los comentarios sustantivos se resumiran e incluiran en el Plan anual cuando este se envie al Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario (DHCD).

  • Puede obtener copias del Plan anual en la oficina de la autoridad o consultar el Plan por Internet
    en
    https://tinyurl.com/LHA-MA-AnnualPlan El Plan este disponible Cnicamente en ingle
  • Si desea hacer comentarios, puede hacerlo oralmente en la audiencia o enviar los comentarios por correo electronico o postal a la oficina de la autoridad de vivienda. Los comentarios se deben recibir antes del cierre de la audiencia pu
  • Si tiene una solicitud razonable en relacion con una discapacidad, pongase en contacto con la oficina de la autoridad de vivienda antes del 03/01/2021 a las 4:30 PM.
  • Informacion de contacto de Northampton Housing uthority:
    Oficina: 49 Old South Street, Northampton,
    M 01060
    Tel
    efono: (413) 584-4030

Correo electronico: execdir@northamptonhousing.org

Health Connector and SNAP Benefits Update

Important Updates from DTA and the Health Connector. 

  1.  The Health Connector announced that Open Enrollment has been extended through March 23, 2021.
  2.  15% SNAP boost is starting 2/1, retroactive for January – How DTA will issue
    • The 15% boost (approximately $27 per person) will be issued on the same day as the supplemental payment – the second business day of the month. What this means:
      • on February 2, households will be issued the 15% boost amount for January. 
      • For those eligible for a supplement, they will get the supplement and the 15% boost amount on the same day. 
      • For those already at the maximum grant and therefore not eligible for a supplement (under current guidance), they will get the 15% boost amount only on the 2nd.
          • DTA will be sending text messages. DTA will not be mailing notices (just as no notices are mailed for the supplemental payments).

If you have any questions, please contact any of our Resident Services Coordinators. 

Visitor and Gardening Update

On April 16, 2020, to assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, Northampton Housing Authority announced no visitors would be allowed to enter any Housing Authority property. This was done due to drastic increases in positive tests for COVID-19 across the state.

Following CDC, public health department, and Governor Baker’s reopening guidance, visitors are now permitted as of June 25, 2020. However, we encourage residents to arrange with their guest(s) to visit outside of the building versus in their apartments when possible, since COVID-19 is still around, it is critical that safety precautions are taken by all residents and their guest(s).

Visitors and Residents Should:

      • Wear a face masks or covering at all times when in common areas. In accordance with the Northampton Health Department Order, all persons shall wear a mask or face covering at all times where one cannot reasonably expect to maintain at least six feet of distance from all other persons at all times. Face coverings worn in accordance with this Order shall be any cloth that securely covers the customer’s nose and mouth, including but not limited to scarves, bandanas, turtlenecks or similar coverings.
      • Maintain at least six feet apart at all times and at buildings with an elevator, only one household should occupy the elevator at a time.
      • Limit their movement within the community to the resident’s apartment (reduce walking the halls, congregating in the lobbies and laundry facilities).
      • Report to the office any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or acute respiratory illness within 14 days after visiting by calling our main office at 413-584-4030 and selecting the option of the property you were visiting or texting us at that number.
      • Out-of-state visitor are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days following guidance by Governor Baker.

Northampton Housing Encourages:

      • Visitors limit physical contact by practicing social distancing recommendations such as no hand-shaking or hugging, and remaining at least six feet apart.
      • Residents/Gardeners to follow guidelines issued for safe gardening outdoors and continue where possible gardening in doors this season if possible.

Additional Garden Updates:

Effective Monday, June 29, 2020, gardening can resume!

We realize that this is planting season is well underway, and getting outside in nature is important during this crisis, however it’s important that everyone remember social contact increases the risk of spreading the virus. The housing authority is not able to monitor the gardens and therefore gardeners are asked to acknowledge the rules and abide by them.

That being said, we encourage you to exercise an abundance of caution during this time, if you choose to garden. We are asking that gardeners wear masks, keep a 6-foot distance from others, refrain from sharing tools, and have no more than two people present at one time in the gardening area.

Additionally, we ask gardeners to:

      • Communicate to all potential audiences that they should not visit the garden if they feel ill
      • Do not allow anyone with signs of illness on the site.
      • Postpone community events, as well as carry-ins, potlucks or self-serve food
      • Leave any garden gates open during hours of operation to avoid frequent contact
      • Stagger times for arrival/create an official schedule if possible
      • Enforce social distancing guidelines of remaining at least 6 feet apart at all times
      • Wear a mask or face covering.
      • Create and implement procedures to sanitize tools before and after garden work.

Please contact your property manager or resident services coordinator with any questions. 

Stay Well. 

Gardening at Northampton Housing

As you are aware, a no-visitor order was issued for all Northampton Housing Authority properties due to COVID-19 Pandemic. In accordance with the governor’s Stay-At-Home Advisory, unless you need to leave to acquire essential services, residents are encouraged to stay home. Unfortunately, this includes no gardening all our Northampton Housing Authority properties.  If you must leave your unit, wear a mask and gloves if possible. Practice social distancing. Your well-being and the well-being of those around you depend on this. 

We understand the importance of gardening and are saddened it is not safe to do so at this time to due the space constraints. necessary sanitation, and oversight required. As soon as we are able to allow gardening again, we will make an announcement to all. 

Please see our resources page for informtion about the free produce deliveries that occur at all of our properties if you are in need of any fresh fruit and vegetables. 

There are still many ways you can garden at home! Here are some websites with great ideas for the entire family, for an indoor garden or smaller spaces, like your front porch or balcony:

          •  Kidsgardening.org
          • TheHomesteadSurvival.com
          •  Brownthumbmama.com
          •  Apeiceoftherainbow.com
          • Savvygardening.com

There are still a few plots available we are told from Grow Food Northampton which is more spacious that our garden areas and can accomodate social distancing easier.

You can visit their website at:  https://www.growfoodnorthampton.com/garden/garden-registration/

Plots are 20’x20’ full plots or 10’x20’ half plots. Either size costs $36 per year if leased before July 15. Senior Citizens (turning 65 or older this year) pay $28. Low-income gardeners enrolled in the SNAP program pay $10 and receive five buckets of free compost ($15 value). Plots leased after July 15 are half price. There is a $10 non-resident surcharge if you do not live in Northampton, Florence or Leeds.

Please contact Netanya Ortiz or Danielle McColgan on our Contact us Page or call our main number and press the number that corresponds to your property. They will be happy to help you obtain a plot or find answers to any questions you may have.