The Belchertown Housing Authority


BHA Office

The Belchertown Housing Authority was first established on February 26th, 1969, under Massachusetts general laws, chapter 121. We are a local nonprofit, managed by an Executive Director, who is appointed by the elected Board of Commissioners. We operate according to the policies of the Belchertown Housing Authority (BHA), as well as the guidelines and regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Housing and Community Development. We have three different types of public housing programs that are administered here: Elderly (667), Disabled (689), and Family (705) housing. These programs are subsidized by the state, but we receive no federal funding. We have four properties on Everett Ave., East Walnut Street, George Hannum Road, and State Street, which are all in Belchertown. Eligibility for housing is based on age, disability, family size, and income. Prospective tenants are thoroughly screened for qualification, including background checks, criminal history, as well as personal and prior landlord references. Applicants must be 60 years of age or older to be eligible for elderly housing, and applicants need to submit the doctors verification form for handicap/disabled status to be eligible for disabled housing. At this time the BHA is unfortunately unable to participate in Section 8, MRVP, or any other voucher programs. Maximum income limits for our area are as follows:
Number of people in household  1  2 3  4 5 6  7 8
 Net income limit  $44,750 $51,150  $57,750  $63,900  $69,050 $74,150  $79,250 $84,350
These income limits are issued every two years, and the preceding table is effective as of August 2014.

Units at Everett Ave., also known as Everett Acres, consist of 48, 1 bedroom apartment units which are sectioned for congregate elderly/disabled living. Apartments are located on first and second floors. Each unit has a living room/kitchen combination, bedroom, and bathroom. On site parking is available but not assigned. The office building contains a coin operated laundry room and a community room, which has additional amenities for tenant use and can be reserved for private functions. There is on site maintenance and a 24 hour answering service. Tenants at Everett Acres pay 30% of their net monthly income for rent, which includes utilities such as heat, electricity, and trash pick up (but not cable/phone). Rents vary widely according to each tenant's income and allowable deductions.

The family housing is located at both State Street and George Hannum Road. Each family apartment has a living room, kitchen/dining room combination, bedrooms, laundry room, full bath on the second floor, and a half bath on the first floor. Off street parking is available and trash pick up is included in the rent. At each location we have four 3 bedroom units, one 2 bedroom unit, one 4 bedroom unit, and one unit which is set aside for a disabled tenant and that is managed by the Department of Developmental Services. Tenants in family housing pay 27% of their net monthly income as rent, as their utilities such as heat and electricity are not included in the rent.

At the East Walnut St. location there are four units, all sectioned for disabled tenants.  These units were built starting at the end of 1986 and were officially certified for use and occupancy in August of 1987.
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