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2015 Moving to Work Annual Plan (draft review)

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The Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) is a participant in HUD’s Moving to Work Demonstration Program (MTW).

The draft FY 2015 Moving To Work Annual Plan will be available for review from October 31, 2014 to December 4, 2014, at the HHA Administrative Office, 475 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA, 01040; the HHA Web Site at: www.holyokehousing.org; HHA Property Management Offices; and at the Holyoke Public Library, located at 250 Chestnut Street. Copies of the draft FY 2015 Moving To Work Annual Plan may also be obtained by contacting the HHA at 413-539-2202. The Authority’s hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Written comments on the draft FY 2015 Moving To Work Annual Plan must be addressed to FY 2015 Moving To Work Annual Plan Comments at the address above and must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on December 4, 2013.

Public Hearing to receive comments on the Plan will be held on Monday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. at Falcetti Towers Community Room, 475 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA.

Persons with disabilities requiring assistance or alternative formats, or wishing to submit comments in alternative formats, can contact the HHA Director of Housing Opportunities at 413-539-2229; TDD 1-800-545-1833, extension 510.

The Holyoke Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency.

Marilyn Sanabria, Chair

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Massachusetts Learning, Employment and Asset Program (MassLEAP)

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Massachusetts Learning, Employment and Asset Program (MassLEAP)

HAPHousing is introducing a new program called the Massachusetts Learning, Employment and Asset Program (MassLEAP). This program provides eligible tenants of state-aided living in Mass General Law Chapter 200 and 705 public housing developments and eligible participants in Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) with support services in three areas: employment and career development/planning, financial education and asset development, and post-secondary education. The goal is to provide eligible participants with ways to increase their income, education and a better life for them and their family.

MassLEAP is a collaboration between HAPHousing and four local housing authorities, (Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke, and Northampton) and Holyoke Community College to provide integrated services to qualifying participants.  Mass LEAP program will support each participant to achieve their goals for up to 5 years with the primary goal of helping clients increase their earned income.

Listed below are the eligibility requirements for participation in the program:

  • The Head of Household/Tenant must have a child, or be legal guardian of a child, under the age of 18 as a member of the household.
  • Have a GED/HiSET or High School diploma 
  • Employed or have a recent work history (within the last six (6) months) OR currently enrolled OR actively pursuing enrollment in a job training, post-secondary education or certificate program.
  • Be a tenant in good standing; current in rental payments, charges and fees owed.

This program is only being offered to residents of state-aided public housing and MRVP participants from the four local housing authorities listed above and HAPHousing.

Let’s begin achieving a better future for you and your family. We encourage you to apply if you are committed to increase your earned income and assets. Attend an informational session in your area:

Agawam Housing Authority, 775 Springfield Street Unit 11C, Agawam MA 01001
Tuesday October 7, 2014  at 10:00 AM
Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Holyoke Housing Authority, 475 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM & 5:00 PM

Northampton Housing Authority, 49 Old South Street, Northampton MA 01060
Tuesday October 7, 2014  at 5:00 PM
Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

HAPHousing, 322 Main Street, Springfield MA 01105
Friday October 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM & 5:00 PM

Chicopee Housing Authority, Volpe Drive, Chicopee MA 01013
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM & 5:00 PM

To obtain an application contact Linda Morales at (413) 233-1578 or , or stop by one of our offices at 322 Main Street, Springfield, or 20 Hampton Avenue, Northampton.

Application and Release of Information forms must be received at or mailed to HAPHousing 322 Main Street Springfield, MA 01105 by the close of the business day and/or post marked no later than October 31, 2014.  Applications received during this time period will be reviewed to determine basic eligibility qualification. Applicants that meet basic requirement will be included in the lottery process. Applications submitted after October 31, 2014 will be placed on a waiting list based on date and time application was received. Incomplete applications will be returned and deemed ineligible.

 

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August 20th, 2014 Special Board Meeting

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The Holyoke Housing Authority will be holding a Special Board Meeting Wednesday the 20th at noon at 475 Maple Street to discuss the Lyman Terrace Master Development Agreement . Discussion will include the legal relationship between the HHA and TCB as it relates to the redevelopment of Lyman Terrace.

All are welcome to attend.

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2014 Lyman Terrace Block Party

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 Lyman Garden Sign

Join us at Lyman Terrace’s 2nd Annual Block Party!

The 2014 Garden Plot Holders, Lyman Terrace Tenant Association and HHA invite you and your family to the 2014 Block Party.

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lyman Terrace Community Garden

 

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Lyman Terrace Advisory Meeting Update

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 Lyman Terrace Advisory Meeting Update

 The members or the Lyman Terrace Advisory Committee, staff from The Community Builders, and staff from Holyoke Housing Authority met on May 22nd, 2014 for an update.  Linked below are the meeting minutes and a slideslow of some of the updated blueprints and plans that are being considered.

Meeting Minutes: May 22, 2014 0 Advisory Meeting Minutes

 Update - new drawings and documentation available:

   Lyman-SD Plan Set 2014-09.pdf