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NOTICE OF FINAL PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PLAN

FORMER ROSWELL’S WELDING SITE

19 REAR PARK AVENUE

RTN 3-24864

 

A release of oil and/or hazardous materials has occurred at this location, which is a disposal site as defined by M.G.L. c. 21E, § 2 and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 CMR 40.0000. On NOVEMBER 27, 2017, HOUSING CORPORATION OF ARLINGTON received a petition from residents in ARLINGTON requesting that this disposal site be designated a Public Involvement Plan site, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 21E §14(a) and 310 CMR 40.1404. As a result, a public meeting was scheduled at the PARK AVENUE CHURCH, 50 PAUL REVERE ROAD, ARLINGTON on FEBRUARY 13, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. to present the draft Public Involvement Plan, to solicit public comment on the draft Public Involvement Plan, and to provide information about disposal site conditions.

Please click this link to view our Final Public Involvement Plan: PIP Report- Downing Square 03-27-2018

Any questions regarding the Final Public Involvement Plan should be directed to PAMELA HALLETT, HOUSING CORPORATION OF ARLINGTON, 252 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, ARLINGTON, MA 02474, 781.859.5211.

The disposal site file can be can be viewed at MassDEP website using Release Tracking Number (RTN) 3-24864 at http://public.dep.state.ma.us/SearchableSites2/Search.aspx or at MassDEP, 205 LOWELL STREET, WILMINGTON, MA, 01887, 781.694.3200.

 

17th Annual Walk for Affordable Housing

The 17th Annual Walk for Affordable Housing will take place on Sunday, April 29th from 11AM-3PM at the Jason Russell House, 7 Jason Street, Arlington.

The pre-walk gathering provides community members a chance to mingle and listen to a live band. Molly the Clown will be sure to bring smiles to the kids and there will be a face painting booth, Lego table, as well as other fun activities! Participants enjoy treats donated by Whole Foods, Andrina’s Pizzeria, Not Your Average Joe’s, Starbucks, and more.

Click here for more information on the Walk!

Free Financial Workshop with Cambridge Savings Bank! June 19

To RSVP, please click here to e-mail Rita Shah

2016 Annual Report

Click here to view our 2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report – September 2017

Dear Members and Supporters,

Today we come together to celebrate our successes and to look forward to 2017’s achievements and challenges. We continue to be enormously grateful to our members, donors, volunteers and community partners for your ongoing support and interest in our mission. Your involvement enables us to promote a diverse and sustainable Arlington community.

2016 was another exciting and productive year! Our pipeline of development projects moved forward. The historic Kimball Famer House featuring three new units of affordable housing is fully rented with a beautiful perennial/wildflower garden created and maintained by a cadre of great volunteers! The 20 Westminster construction is beginning on 9 new affordable units. HCA purchased the Downing Square site and received special permits for both Downing Square and 117 Broadway to build 48 new units. We raised $144,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits donations and received a 2017 allocation of over $125,000. Remember to get your donation in for your 2017 tax credits!!

HCA now owns and operates 93 units of affordable rental housing in Arlington
with another 9 units in construction and 48 new units in the predevelopment stages. We completed $100,000 in capital improvements on the existing portfolio. These sustainability-focused improvements lowered utility costs and created more consistent, comfortable heat for our tenants and made our neighbors happy by upgrading some exteriors.

Our Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) provided grants to 10 households this year for a total of $9,753. Unfortunately, we turned away 28 applicants because they could not demonstrate they would be sustainable. This is a troubling sign of the times. The program protects the most vulnerable in our community—the elderly, the disabled, single parents and families with young children, but they must demonstrate they can sustain their housing for at least 6 months. With the cost of housing continuing to rise, the 2017 demand for these resources has increased significantly. Overall the program has provided more than $975,000 in grants since 2001.

As much as we accomplish, the need for our work grows exponentially. After culling the wait list this year, we still have 661 households hoping for affordable units and 275 are current Arlington residents. A National Low Income Housing Coalition study found that in order to afford a market rate one bedroom apartment in the Boston Metro area, a household needs to earn a minimum of $24.25 per hour working a 40 hour week which provides an annual income of $50,440. The Massachusetts minimum wage is $11 per hour which means a person must work 88 hours a week to make that required income. We have much work to do.
Best wishes,

Tom Nee                                                                                Pamela Hallett
Board President                                                                   Executive Director

Click here to view Our 2016 Annual Report

 

Pipeline Projects

To promote a more diverse community where everyone can live sustainably, HCA works to make Arlington inclusive for all residents through two programs: our Affordable Rental Housing Program and our Homelessness Prevention Program. With the acquisition and redevelopment of 32 units known as Capitol Square Apartments in 2013 and the redevelopment of the Historic Kimball Farmer House in 2016, HCA now owns 93 units of affordable rental housing in Arlington.

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Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC)

As a designated Community Partner, HCA has been allocated $129,615 in state tax credits for the 2017 tax year that are available only to taxpayers making qualified cash investments of $1,000 or more. Unfortunately, investments of less than $1,000.00 do not qualify. Qualified investments include only cash contributions made directly to a Community Partner. Tax credits are issued at a rate of 50% of the qualified investments. For example: a $10,000 donation generates $5,000 in state tax credits.

HCA holds an Annual CITC Breakfast at Bistro Duet to thank our donors for their participation in this very advantageous program. CITC donations have enabled us to purchase four additional Arlington sites to create a project pipeline of 57 affordable apartments and has provided the cash to complete the redevelopment of the Kimball Farmer House.

Learn more

For more information about this advantageous program, please call HCA Executive Director, Pamela Hallett at (781)859-5211 or phallett@housingcorparlington.org

 

HCA Offices have moved to Capitol Square Apartments!

HCA has moved from 20 Academy Street to our new permanent home at 252 Mass Ave!

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All mail should be addressed as follows:

Housing Corporation of Arlington

252 Massachusetts Avenue, Office

Arlington, MA 02474

 

Please note:

Although we can still be reached by our former phone numbers, our direct lines have changed.

 

General Inquiries/Finance Office- contact Kimberly Donovan at (781)859-5294, or kdonovan@housingcorparlington.org

Homelessness Prevention Program/Social Worker- contact Rita Shah at (781)859-5164 or rshah@housingcorparlington.org

Executive Director-  Pam Hallett at (781)859-5211 or phallett@housingcorparlington.org

Free Financial Workshop with Watertown Savings Bank Tuesday October 10, 2017

Join HCA & Watertown Savings Bank

Learn more here

Please RSVP by e-mail or phone to Rita Shah (781)859-5164 or rshah@housingcorparlington.org

 

RSVP To HCA’s 2nd Annual Fall Kick Off Event on 9/17

 

Did you hear about Housing Corporation of Arlington’s new projects and partnerships – our plan to increase inventory of affordable housing in Arlington or partnerships with other local organizations?  Join us at Menotomy Grill & Tavern for our Fall Kick Off Event to learn about some exciting news.  Bring your family, friends, and/or neighbors and enjoy appetizers and drinks, while mingling with HCA’s staff and Board members as well as other residents and business owners.

Date & Time Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Please RSVP by September 8th

Please send your RVSP to Laura O’Rourke at: lorourke@housingcorparlington.org or 781-316-3606

 

Tickets are $25 per person and includes the cost of food.  You can pay at the door or through this PayPal link:

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Directions to Menotomy Grill & Tavern: 25 Mass Ave. Arlington, MA 02474 

 

 

Preserving and Improving Local Housing Authorities

Local Housing Authority Act of 2014

On Wednesday, August 6, HCA’s very own Board member, Jack Cooper, stood by Governor Deval Patrick’s side at the Massachusetts State House as he signed the new local Housing Authority Act of 2014, H 4374, which modified Chapter 121B of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL).  This Act requires all housing authorities in Massachusetts to have one public housing resident seat at each authority.  The resident will be chosen by tenants residing at the local housing authority.  The law also requires all commissioners and directors to receive certified training in conflict of interest, property management and the role of public housing commissioners.  In addition, all housing authorities must develop annual plans with a resident advisory board participating in the planning process.

For more detailed information on H 4374 visit: Massachusetts Public Housing Law No.4374

 

HCA Board member, Jack Cooper, is pictured to the far left.

HCA Board member, Jack Cooper, is pictured to the far left.

 

 

 

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Jack Cooper is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants.  For over 20 years with the first statewide public housing resident organization in the United States, he has worked with grassroots organizations and public agencies in Massachusetts and Washington DC developing public and affordable housing polices and supportive service planning.  Jack also served as a member of the US HUD Operating Rule Making Committee and of the US HUD’s Public and Assisted Housing Training Team, which trained over 5,000 public housing residents and managers on the New Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act.

Jack currently acts as Vice President of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), the Commonwealth’s largest research planning and advocacy group for housing and community issues.  He also Chair’s CHAPA’s Public Housing Committee, an open committee which has as participants MassNAHRO, Mass Law Reform, local housing authorities, affordable housing consultants, not-for-profit organizations, public housing residents and the Department of Housing of Community Development.

 

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