Public Housing for Seniors and Persons With Disabilities

HRA owns and/or manages 117 units of state-aided public housing for seniors and people with disabilities 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.

Program Description
Tenants living in 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
To be eligible for state-aided housing, applicants must be considered elderly, disabled, or both elderly and disabled. Applicants must also meet income eligibility limits; please refer to the Income Eligibility Chart to view the current limits. Please note that the maximum household size for these properties is two (2) household members.

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 housing through HRA is two years.

How to Apply
To apply for 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 call us or stop by the office to pick one up.

Completed applications should be mailed to:
Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority
42 Canal Road
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Application Process: Public Housing

Further Screening Processes
Once it is determined that a household meets basic status and income requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy, federal and state fair housing laws, and regulations set forth by DHCD. 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
Applicants are selected in chronological order by date of completed application. However, preference is given to applicants who are veterans of the United States Armed Services. Preference is also given to racial minorities in compliance with affirmative action laws, and 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 their own.