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Greenfield shelter complaints aired at Human Rights Commission meeting
12-12-2023 7:21 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — A handful of guests, both past and present, of the homeless shelter on Wells Street appeared before the Human Rights Commission on Monday night to offer their support for complaints filed by two brothers against Clinical & Support Options...


Family shelter placements more than doubled under Healey
12-10-2023 2:48 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — While lawmakers on Beacon Hill have deliberated over sending aid to the state’s emergency assistance system, the number of families that are finding safe housing in those shelters has grown by 105% in the last 11 months, according to data...


Huge housing complex eyed for Yankee Candle founder’s Leverett estate
12-05-2023 6:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — A large-scale housing development, potentially with hundreds of homes and apartments, is being considered for the Kittredge Estate, the home of the late Yankee Candle founder that has been on the real estate market for $23 million since the...


State awards $1.56M for energy upgrades during Wilson’s redevelopment
11-23-2023 2:51 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The former Wilson Department Store redevelopment project was selected as one of 10 affordable housing projects to receive grant funding from the first pool of state dollars aimed at lowering energy costs and improving air quality and...


With six contaminants found in soil, future unclear for Turners Falls housing project
11-14-2023 5:27 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — The future of a planned housing development on First Street is uncertain after environmental tests showed six contaminants in the parcel’s soil.A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment was conducted at the town-owned, 0.65-acre lot by...


Amid housing crisis, Massachusetts subsidizes market-rate units
11-13-2023 4:47 PM

By JAIMEE FRANCIS

BOSTON — A housing development program for Massachusetts’ 26 gateway cities that was a key part of the new tax relief bill is raising questions about what is “market rate.”The Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) has subsidized millions of...


Rent control supporters end ballot quest in Mass. 
11-13-2023 2:52 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Voters will not be asked next year whether Massachusetts should revive local-option rent control after organizers working on a 2024 ballot question suspended their campaign late Friday.After facing pushback from other housing justice and progressive...


Mariano defends House call for overflow shelter site
11-08-2023 4:14 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

After weeks of maintaining distance from Gov. Maura Healey’s handling of the state’s emergency shelter capacity crisis, the House is likely to approve a legislative directive that Healey establish a shelter overflow site — and the move is revealing...


Housing secretary visits Greenfield to discuss bond bill
11-07-2023 7:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — As the Healey administration prepares to advocate for its five-year, $4.12 billion housing bond bill, the Massachusetts housing secretary toured Greenfield Housing Authority properties on Tuesday to share what the legislation could do for...


Western Mass legislators want rural representation in housing bond bill
11-02-2023 7:44 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Rural legislators and organizations are working hard to make sure they get a portion of Gov. Maura Healey’s five-year, $4.12 billion housing bond bill that was unveiled earlier this month.Since Healey took office in January, she has created the...


Judge clears way for immediate family shelter cap
11-01-2023 6:16 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a request to put a temporary hold on the Healey administration’s plan to cap the number of families in the state’s strained emergency shelter system.The decision followed an emergency court hearing...


Emergency shelter cap rules filed amid escalating tensions
10-31-2023 5:59 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI and SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Shortly before a court hearing challenging the Healey administration’s allegedly “rushed” changes to the shelter system, officials filed new emergency regulations seeking to enable a temporary hard cap on the number of families that can be...


Health officials say current efforts at Greenfield Gardens not a long-term solution for rodent issue
10-27-2023 6:34 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Health inspectors are requesting the assistance of the Board of Health as they deal with ongoing concerns from tenants about rodents at Greenfield Gardens.“It seems like there is some type of tenant request for Health Department needs...


Elder affairs secretary talks rethinking senior housing in Shelburne Falls
10-27-2023 3:13 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen visited with members of the state’s first regional senior services district on Thursday to talk about addressing the needs of the region’s seniors, including housing. Chen...


Ashfield mulls bylaw changes to address housing need
10-19-2023 4:08 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board are looking to get creative around zoning to help address the need for housing.The two boards met with Franklin Regional Council of Governments Building Commissioner and Ashfield Zoning...


Healey backs transfer taxes, accessory dwellings in $4.1B housing bill
10-18-2023 5:10 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The Healey administration wants to give cities and towns the power to impose a new fee on high-price real estate transactions and steer the revenue into affordable housing development, pitching a local-option transfer tax alongside more than...


Montague Selectboard, residents look to preserve six-unit affordable housing design
10-18-2023 3:16 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — Residents and Selectboard members present at the board’s Monday meeting were reluctant to endorse a design that would reduce a planned six units of housing on First Street to five when the option was presented by Habitat for Humanity,...


Greenfield Community Preservation Committee advances senior housing proposal
10-17-2023 6:19 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — More than a dozen pre-applications have been reviewed by the Community Preservation Committee and given the OK to move forward in the application process, including a proposal to build 46 units of senior housing in the Legion Avenue...


Screening service may ease public housing woes for Franklin County
09-29-2023 5:57 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With the implementation of statewide centralized screening, the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority hopes to see improvement in the filling of its public housing units.This service, which is being provided by the Lawrence-based...


Healey bill pours $250 million more into shelter crisis
09-19-2023 6:41 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey has proposed using nearly $300 million in one-time funds to infuse the state’s strained emergency assistance shelter system and close a tax revenue shortfall.Healey filed a more than $2 billion budget last week to close the...

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