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PRESS RELEASE - Downing & Pignatelli Announce State Funds for Capital Repairs at Two Local Housing Authorities
June 11, 2009

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli announced today that the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded technical assistance and capital improvement bond funding to the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority (BCRHA) and Lenox Housing Authority.
 
“With these important investments in our public housing stock, DHCD continues to prioritize and ensure safe and comfortable housing throughout the region,” said Downing.
 
BCRHA was awarded $12,500 to help supplement its own capital reserves for a study to investigate a possible septic failure at the Authority’s Dewey Court development. Lenox Housing Authority was awarded $6,250 to repair damaged laundry room flooring at the Authority’s Curtis Building development. 
 
“We’ve experienced some ongoing septic and drainage issues at the Dewey Court site and this study will help us get to the root of the problem,” said BCRHA Executive Director Brad Gordon. “This work is necessary for the continued viability of the development. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of Senator Downing to fight to preserve valuable housing opportunities throughout the community.”
 
“This is welcome news and further testament of the great work DHCD has done to maintain the wonderful facilities we have here in the Berkshires,” said Pignatelli.
 
DHCD is transitioning to a new system to allocate funding from the 2008 Housing Bond Bill. Funding to all Local Housing Authorities (LHA) will be determined by a formula based on a state-wide Capital Planning System (CPS), using a uniform methodology for building condition assessment, locally determined priorities, and good property management practices. CPS assessments will be complete this summer and DHCD will use that data to allocate formula funding to all LHAs. BCRHA and Lenox Housing Authority may then plan projects based on its prioritized needs, subject to DHCD’s approval of their overall capital plans. 
 
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