West Springfield Housing Authority

37 Oxford Place, West Springfield, MA, 01089

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About West Springfield Housing Authority

he Springfield Housing Authority [SHA], Massachusetts' third largest housing authority, was established in 1946 after dissolution of the Springfield Defense Housing Committee which was instituted to manage war housing projects located at the present-day Carpe Diem and Riverview housing sites.

At that time, the SHA took over management of a total of 492 temporary and permanent war housing units. In 1948, the SHA broke ground on its first public housing development to provide safe, decent, sanitary housing for persons of low-income. On November 1, 1949, Reed Village reached full occupancy.

Today, the SHA has a total of 2,387 traditional public housing units located at twenty-seven sites throughout the city, over 2 Massachusetts Rental Vouchers and over 2,4 Housing Choice Vouchers. A $33 million annual budget is derived from rental income and funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development [DHCD] and Housing and Urban Development [HUD].

The SHA is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners. Four of the members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Springfield and confirmed by the City Council and one member is appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts. One of the members is required to be an SHA tenant. The SHA Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Commissioners and is responsible for the management and operation of the agency and its personnel.

The SHA operates with a staff of over 12 full and part time employees in the following divisions: Executive, Finance, Property Management, Resident Services, Procurement, Facilities and Capital Improvements, and Public Safety. The staff also consists of temporary employees hired through partnerships established with Roger L. Putnam Vocational/Technical High School, Massachusetts Career Development Institute, Hampden County House of Correction and the City of Springfield's Department of Elder Affairs.

The mission of the SHA is to promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination. The SHA strives to:

* Provide high quality, affordable and desirable housing, and to support healthy, drug-free communities both in and surrounding units supported and managed by the SHA;
* Serve as the city's housing safety net to the maximum extent possible without sacrificing the health of the community and neighborhood;
* Design, implement and support educational and vocational programs with the goal of reducing the long-term reliance of residents on public assistance programs;
* Use established and innovative financial and human resources to ensure that each SHA resident and housing community has the opportunity to achieve his/her/its maximum potential;
* Promote the integration of public housing within the larger community;
* Comply with all applicable federal, state and local statutes and regulations; and
* To ensure that all employees are provided with the necessary training and supervision to accomplish their assigned responsibilities in promoting the mission of the SHA.

Program Summary for West Springfield Housing Authority

West Springfield Housing Authority is a public housing agency that helps provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. West Springfield Housing Authority manages several funded programs and has a total of 60 subsidized affordable housing units for rental assistance. West Springfield Housing Authority administered a total of 251 Section 8 Vouchers. West Springfield Housing Authority currently has Section 8 as its program type. West Springfield Housing Authority is located at 37 Oxford Place, West Springfield, MA, 01089 and serves the city of West Springfield. Income limits, fair market rents and rent rates vary with each agency. Please contact West Springfield Housing Authority at, (413)788-0988 for more information about coverage area and program availability.

Current Status Active
Size of West Springfield Housing Authority compared nationally Large
Last Updated 11/29/2014
Total Numbers of Communities N/A
Total numbers of Administered Section 8 Voucher 251
Total numbers of Administered Public Housing Units N/A
Waiting list for the West Springfield Housing Authority is currently Open

2020 Income Limits for Hampden County, MA

HUD sets Income Limits for each area based on the median family income in that area. Each Public Housing Agency (PHA) will use the Income Limit set for the jurisdiction that the PHA covers. Therefore, a family may be eligible for one PHA but not another. The number of people in a household determines the Income Limit that is set for determining the family's eligibility for the program that they are applying for. Below are the Income Limits for Hampden County, MA:

Median Income
Income Limit Category
Persons in Family
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 50%
  • Very Low Income Limit
  • $29,900
  • $34,200
  • $38,450
  • $42,700
  • $46,150
  • $49,550
  • $52,950
  • $56,400
  • 30%
  • Extremely Low Income Limit
  • $17,950
  • $20,500
  • $23,050
  • $26,200
  • $30,680
  • $35,160
  • $39,640
  • $44,120
  • 80%
  • Low Income Limit
  • $47,850
  • $54,650
  • $61,500
  • $68,300
  • $73,800
  • $79,250
  • $84,700
  • $90,200

2017 Fair Market Rents for Hampden County, MA

Fair Market Rents are HUD's determination of the average rents in a particular area for each bedroom size. The FMRs are set each year based on the rental rates of unsubsidized units so that participants in HUD programs have equal access for affordable housing. Here are the Fair Market Rents for Hampden County, MA:

Efficiency One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four-Bedroom
$701 $844 $1057 $1322 $1568

Agency Name City State Section 8 Voucher Housing Units Status Distance
Springfield Housing Authority Springfield Housing Authority Springfield MA 2,733 1,809 Open 3.14 Miles Contact
Chicopee Housing Authority Chicopee Housing Authority Chicopee MA 393 383 Open 4.55 Miles Contact
Westfield Housing Authority Westfield Housing Authority Westfield MA 135 220 Open 4.64 Miles Contact
Holyoke Housing Authority Holyoke Housing Authority Holyoke MA 1,416 921 Open 6.64 Miles Contact
Enfield Housing Authority Enfield Housing Authority Enfield CT 30 N/A Open 8.79 Miles Contact
Windsor Locks Housing Authority Windsor Locks Housing Authority Windsor Locks CT 48 40 Open 12.92 Miles Contact

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West Springfield Housing Authority Program Type:
  • Section 8 Voucher
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Hampden County Quick Facts

Population: 468,161
Persons Per Household: 2.53
Housing Units in Multi-units Structure: 39.1%
Homeownership Rate: 61.8%
Housing Units: 191,464
Yearly Income Per Person: $25,817
Median Household Income: $49,094