Executive Transition at Housing Corporation of Arlington

 Farewell to Pam Hallett– For the past decade, Pam Hallett has served as the dynamic Executive Director of the Housing Corporation of Arlington. Under Pam’s leadership, HCA has achieved noteworthy success in pursuit of its mission to provide and advocate for affordable housing in Arlington and in this region. After 10 years of remarkable accomplishments, however, Pam has transitioned out of the role of Executive Director of HCA.

Since Pam joined as the director in 2012, she has led HCA’s efforts in acquiring and developing 92 units of affordable rental housing, tripling the number of units in the portfolio to 150 total. Pam has been instrumental in growing HCA’s Homelessness Prevention Program which has helped hundreds of families and individuals avoid the devasting crisis of homelessness.  Over many years, Pam has supported and advocated on behalf of the HCA Board for policy initiatives, planning and zoning improvements, and a wide range of community activities that strongly contribute to the social and economic diversity in Arlington. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Pam led the effort for HCA to the Emergency Response Initiative as a temporary component of the Homelessness Prevention Program; offering financial support to stabilize families and individuals in jeopardy as a result of COVID-19’s impact.

The Housing Corporation and the entire Arlington community owe Pam an enormous debt of gratitude for her tireless efforts to make Arlington a more livable, diverse, and affordable community. As an organization, HCA is financially stronger and more capable than at any other time in its 35-year history.  The Board members of HCA express our deepest thanks to Pam and wish her well.

Interim Leadership HCA has hired Jeff Katz to serve as interim Executive Director, enabling the Board of Directors to conduct a thoughtful and intentional search while maintaining a high level of services. Jeff is a senior consultant with over 40 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations. Jeff specializes in executive transitions and over the past 15 years has served as interim Executive Director of 12 different organizations, including three community development corporations and a 118- bed homeless shelter. Jeff has Master’s degrees in Social Work from Boston University and Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Executive Search– The search for a new Executive Director will be led by Ann Silverman and Kate Casa of Ann L Silverman Consulting.  Ann L Silverman Consulting leads executive and senior management searches for community development corporations, affordable housing developers, and funders in New England and beyond. They have completed executive searches for more than a dozen groups, and have assisted many organizations with staff searches, and support for organizational growth and change. Ann L Silverman Consulting has led executive searches for The Foundry Consortium in Cambridge, and Madison Park Development Corporation and Allston Brighton CDC in Boston. Ann resides in Boston and Kate resides in Arlington.

For more information about this transition, please contact Jeff Katz, Interim Executive Director at jkatz@housingcorparlington.org or 781.859.5294 ext. 2, or directly at 781.859.5211.

Congratulations to those whose numbers were chosen for the Waitlist for the 48 affordable units with the Downing Sq. Broadway Initiative

Applications were accepted through June 11th, 2021. Winning numbers for the 48 affordable apartments were drawn by Lottery on June 15th, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST. 

To view the results of the Lottery and see if your number was chosen for the Waitlist, please click the link below (in .pdf format):

Lottery results for Waitlist for Downing Sq. Broadway Initiative (courtesy of andapm.com).

For all the information you need to know about the buildings, click on the following link:


ArlingtonEATS is well on its way to raising all funding for its new space at 117 Broadway! ArlingtonEATS will open the space at the newly constructed Housing Corporation of Arlington’s building. We will reopen with more hours and additional services beyond addressing food insecurity, and all under one roof. Both HCA and ArlingtonEATS are thrilled with this new partnership and look forward to serving you, the community, in new and innovative ways. Stay tuned for the opening date of EATS expansion!
Pictured: ArlingtonEATS Executive Director Andi Doane (LEFT) receiving a $2,500 check from Manny Bolivar (RIGHT) of Cambridge Savings Bank in Arlington, in front of the Broadway construction site

For more information on the Broadway construction project, please visit our Broadway page!

Public Involvement Plan Meeting on June 3, 2021

A Public Involvement Plan (PIP) pursuant meeting to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) was
held on June 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm for the Former Roswell’s Welding Site, 19 Rear Park Avenue, Arlington,
Massachusetts (RTN 3-24864). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held virtually, via

For meeting minutes, click here 

To look at the slides from the PIP meeting, reference the Powerpoint slides below:



Downing Square-Broadway Initiative:

Latest planning meeting minutes: Meeting Minutes 7/11/19

The award received today from the Commonwealth‘s Department of Housing and Community Development for HCA’s Downing Square Broadway Initiative Project was presented by Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy of Housing and Economic Development. These funds in conjunction with the local funding received through the CDBG and CPA funding from the Town of Arlington and the local HOME funding from the North Suburban Consortium through the Malden Redevelopment Authority and a private first mortgage will fully fund the project. Remediation has begun at the 19 Park Ave. site.