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PRESS RELEASE- Downing & Bosley Announce Emergency Capital Improvement Funding for Adams Housing Authority
October 10, 2007

Adams- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams) announce that the Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded technical assistance and emergency capital improvement bond funding to the Adams Housing Authority (AHA). 


“Maintaining structurally sound affordable housing is an important piece to encouraging economic growth in our region,” stated Downing.  “The Adams Housing Authority does great work and I am pleased that DHCD has chosen these sites to receive emergency funding.”


The amount of the awards, totaling $73,000, is based on DHCD’s preliminary estimate of the costs associated with projects proposed by AHA.  Projects include:


  • $45,000 to replace the roofs on the Sayles Street and Hoosac Street housing units;
  • $15,000 to install an owner’s electrical panel and electrical disconnects at the AHA’s Sayles Street development; and
  • $13,000 to replace the rear stairway and entrance at the AHA’s Sayles Street housing units.


During the preliminary design phase, DHCD will be able to more accurately assess the scope of the emergency repairs and actual costs and adjust the award amount as needed. 


“Housing in Adams is in need of improvements and without this critical funding, these units would be in jeopardy,” stated Bosley.


Adams Housing Authority’s Executive Director, Richard Hamblin stated, “This particular Administration has been able to find resources necessary for Housing Authorities to maintain affordable housing.  We’re pleased.”


The next step is for the Adams Housing Authority Board of Directors to ratify DHCD’s Contract for Financial Assistance and related information.   





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