More than 100 residents from across the county came together virtually on Saturday [March 27, 2021] for the first of nine forums aimed at addressing the issue of affordable housing and development in Franklin County.
“A team of Greening Greenfield and Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR) members have been working to develop this program for over two years,” Forum Organizing Committee Chair Susan Worgaftik said. “It’s been a journey.”
The program, a nine-session virtual forum on the issues of affordable housing and development, kicked off Saturday morning with “Housing is a Human Right: We Can Make It Happen,” which included presentations from three key-note speakers: Brian Sargent, assistant professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Gina Govoni, executive director of Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority; and state Sen. Jo Comerford, D Northampton. . .
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We are pleased to announce the availability of funds for housing rehabilitation projects for residents in the towns of Heath, Hawley, Orange, and Montague.
The Housing Rehabilitation Program Loan is a 0% interest, 15-year forgivable loan program made possible by HUD’s Community Development Block Grant, awarded by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Housing and Community Development to residents in these Franklin County Towns. Loans are payable upon sale or transfer of the property.
Funds are available to residents in the towns of Heath, Hawley, Orange, and Montague
The program provides loan funds to assist moderate and low income property owners in need of eligible repairs including, but not limited to, handicapped barrier removal, roof and furnace repair/replacement, water heater replacement, chimney repair, energy efficient window replacement, wells, septic repair and replacement, and upgrades to wiring and electrical service.
To request an application or to receive additional information about the program, interested property owners should contact Jennifer Morrow, FCRHRA’s Community Development Program Admin Assistant at email@example.com or 413-863-9781 x 137.
Potential applicants are urged to inquire soon, as funding for this program has an expiration date.