- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Housing and Community Development
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $3 Million for New Housing Development in Newburyport, Northampton and Falmouth
Samantha Kaufman, Deputy Director of Communications
NEWBURYPORT — The Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.2 million in awards for the production of 32 new affordable housing units in three communities. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan, Representative James Kelcourse, MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay and more local officials for the announcement of funding for projects in Falmouth, Northampton and Newburyport.
The Community Scale Housing Initiative, launched in 2017, is a joint endeavor between the Department of Housing and Community Development and MassHousing, and is available for municipalities with populations less than 200,000 for projects that will create between 5 and 20 new affordable units. Last year, the Baker-Polito Administration and MassHousing awarded $2.2 million to support the development of 36 new housing units.
“A healthy and diverse housing stock, for all Massachusetts families, is critical to the long-term success of our Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration continues to invest in affordable housing, offer resources for cities and towns pursuing housing production through the Housing Choice Initiative, and we are working through our Open for Business Initiative to ensure state-owned property is being utilized effectively.”
“The Community Scale Housing Initiative is the direct result of feedback we heard from communities across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These awards further our efforts to increase housing production of all kinds, and fills the gap for projects unable to access traditional affordable housing resources. Congratulations to Newburyport, Northampton and Falmouth; we look forward to seeing these projects move forward!”
“We are pleased to continue offering new and enhanced resources for municipalities and stakeholders in their efforts to increase housing options, create thriving downtowns and strengthen their community,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan. “Affordable housing is a vital part of livable, thriving neighborhoods that embrace our most vulnerable populations and provide the foundation for all our families to succeed.”
MassHousing partnered with the Baker-Polito Administration to launch the Community Scale Housing Initiative, because there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the Commonwealth’s housing challenges,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. “Through these awards, we are partnering with cities and towns to meet their unique affordable housing needs, in a way that is consistent with local priorities. We applaud Falmouth, Newburyport and Northampton for their commitment to these exciting projects.”
“The YWCA has long been a leader in providing clean, safe, and efficient housing throughout Newburyport and the region. Their partnership with Hillside Center for Sustainable Living will be yet another opportunity to provide ten affordable units that will not only provide a roof over residents’ heads, but will provide a unique living experience as residents enjoy all of the amenities of the hillside community,” said Newburyport Mayor Donna D. Holaday. “This project, funded through the commonwealth’s Community Scale Housing Initiative program and the Community Preservation Act, will long serve as a model for the development of small-scale affordable housing. We are grateful for the support from the Department of Housing and Community Development.”
“Congratulations to the YWCA of Greater Newburyport and David Hall for the Hillside Center for receiving a Community Scale Housing Award from the Department of Housing and Community Development,” said Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives. “I appreciate the City of Newburyport’s contribution to creating more affordable housing as a part of this project as well.”
“There is a lack of affordable housing in our community,” said Representative James Kelcourse. “We are thrilled to have the support of the community, municipal officials and state partners to create housing that is both affordable and energy efficient.”
“YWCA Greater Newburyport is thrilled to receive funding through the Community Scale Housing Initiative for the YWCA at Hillside project,” said YWCA Greater Newburyport Executive Director John Feehan. “Providing high quality, affordable housing is a physical manifestation of our mission – eliminate racism and empower women. By providing affordable housing in an area with accessible public transportation, and proximity to employment opportunities individuals living in this exciting project have an opportunity to improve their quality of life, as well as their economic condition. YWCA is deeply appreciative of the state’s support, as well as the vision and commitment of developer David Hall, the support and resourcefulness of the City of Newburyport, and our friends at Charlesbank Home, who have been by our side since the beginning of this project and were the first to commit funding.”
Today’s award builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s investments to substantially increasing housing production throughout the Commonwealth, with an emphasis on housing affordable to low- and middle-income households. In May, Governor Baker signed a $1.8 billion affordable housing bill to ensure long-term support for the Administration’s comprehensive efforts to increase the production of affordable housing, diversify the state’s housing portfolio, modernize public housing, preserve the affordability of existing housing and invest in new, innovative solutions to address Massachusetts’ rising demand for housing.
In December 2017, Governor Baker announced the Housing Choice Initiative, a comprehensive proposal to create 135,000 new housing units by 2025 with new set of incentives and rewards for municipalities committed to sustainable housing growth in their communities. The Housing Choice Initiative is a multi-pronged effort that includes a program to designate Housing Choice municipalities and new technical assistance opportunities through MassHousing.
Additionally, the highly effective MassWorks Infrastructure Program continues to be a key catalyst for housing production, supporting the creation of more than 3,000 housing units. The Open for Business Initiative will drive the production of more than 2,200 units of housing on state land. MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative has advanced the development of 2,410 housing units across a range of incomes, including 652 workforce housing units. And, the Baker-Polito Administration reformed the Housing Development Incentive Program, which is on track to facilitate more than 900 new units in Gateway Cities.
2018 Community Scale Housing Initiative Awards
Gifford Street Workforce, Falmouth, $1,300,000
Gifford Street Workforce is a new 10-unit workforce housing project. The sponsor is Affirmative Investment and the co-sponsor is Falmouth Housing Corporation. All 10 units will be affordable to households earning less than 80% of area median income (AMI), with 2 units further restricted for households earning less than 50% of AMI. This project is phase one of a two phase development which will in total include 20 one-bedroom workforce housing units. The Town of Falmouth will provide additional financial support.
35 Village Hill Road, Northampton, $1,300,000
35 Village Road Hill is a 12-unit mixed-income, mixed-use, new construction family rental housing project. The sponsor is The Community Builders, Inc. and the co-sponsor is Valley Community Development Corporation. All 12 units will be affordable to working class families with 6 units further restricted for households earning less than 80% of AMI. The City of Northampton will support the project with additional funding.
YWCA at Hillside, Newburyport, $600,000
YWCA at Hillside is a 10-unit, single-room occupancy new construction housing project. The sponsor is the YWCA of Greater Newburyport working with Hillside Center for Sustainable Living. All 10 units will be affordable to households earning less than 50% of AMI, with 8 units further restricted for households earning less than 30% of AMI. The City of Newburyport will support the project with additional funding.