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Public Housing

The mission of the Chicopee Housing Authority is to provide decent, safe, sanitary housing to persons and families of low income in the City of Chicopee in accordance with state and federal law. This is accomplished through a mix of state and federally-aided housing programs. Through the administration of these programs the CHA is maintaining its commitment to take a central role in the provision of affordable housing in our City and to make a contribution in encouraging the maintenance of a significant portion of our City’s housing stock in accordance with HUD’s Housing Quality Standards and the Article II of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code.

Public Housing Programs...

Federal Conventional Housing

The CHA operates 383 units of conventional federal housing at three sites in Chicopee; the Cabot Manor Apartments located on Stonina Drive and Plante Circle, the Memorial Apartments located on Memorial Drive and Debra Drive and the Canterbury Arms Apartments located at 165 East Main Street. Primary eligibility is based on household income.
ADMISSIONS AND CONTINUED OCCUPANCY POLICY: Microsoft Word Format / Adobe PDF Format
Applications for public housing programs are available at the main office of the CHA. Inquiries may be directed to the Tenant Selection office at (413) 592-6132. Rental applications are not accepted between the hours of 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. No se aceptan solicitudes de aquiler de Lunes a Viernes de 12:00P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
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State-aided Public Housing

The CHA operates state-aided public housing programs under Chapter 200 (Veteran’s Housing), Chapter 667 (Elder Housing) and Chapter 705 (low income housing) of the Massachusetts General Laws. Nine developments totaling 816 units are currently owned and managed in Chicopee. Primary eligibility is based on household income. Eligibility for the various programs is also based on factors such as veteran status, age and disability.
See the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Web Site for more information.
Regulations describing eligibility and Applications are available at the main office of the CHA. Inquiries may be directed to the Tenant Selection office at (413) 592-6132. Rental applications are not accepted between the hours of 12:00 P. M. - 2:00 P. M., Monday through Friday. No se aceptan solicitudes de aquiler de Lunes a Viernes de 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

The CHA assists renters in the private market with the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Eligibility is based on income. The CHA will pay a portion of the Voucher Holder’s rent directly to their landlord. Application are available from the CHA or from the MASSNAHRO web site. The CHA participates in the statewide waiting list system with other MASSNAHRO Members. Applications may be obtained from, and filed with any participating agency.
Get the complete text of the Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance Rental voucher Program:

Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan

Inquiries may be directed to our Housing Choice Voucher Office at (413) 594-3608.
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Housing Maintenance

Chicopee Housing Authority developments are maintained by an in-house maintenance department that includes a licensed plumber and a licensed electrician. Our staff of professional maintenance employees is fully equipped and capable of addressing the daily needs of all housing units. Maintenance requests and inquiries may be directed to the Maintenance Department at (413) 594-3603.

24 hour emergency service provided at (413) 594-3603.
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Housing Modernization / Housing Inspection

The CHA operates a federal Capital Fund Program focusing on improvements to the federally-aided public housing developments. Through this program more than five million dollars has been allocated for improvements ranging from door and window replacement to kitchen and bathroom modernization.
The CHA annual plan will describe those improvements currently planned. These are large files:

CHA Annual Plan, Annual Plan 2014.

 

Comments on the CHA Annual Plan may be forwarded to Chicopee Housing Authority

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development funds specific improvements for state-aided CHA developments. Recent improvements included a full replacement of the electric distribution and service at the Leo P. Senecal Apartments and window and door replacement at the Governor George D. Robinson Apartments. Inquiries regarding housing improvements may be directed to the Modernization office at (413) 594-3605.

This office is also charged with the responsibility for conducting annual inspections of all CHA owned units and Housing Choice Voucher Quality Control Inspections. Questions regarding inspections may be addressed at (413) 594-3605.
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