The Operation of the Agawam Housing Authority
The Agawam Housing Authority owns, operates, manages, and maintains each of its six seperate public housing developments. The portfolio consists of all state-aided housing, which is total comprises 242 units. There is currently a waiting list for such housing.
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the funding source for all public housing at the Agawam Housing Authority. Under this program, there are 191 units designated for elderly and handicapped residents along with 51 designated family units, ranging in size from two to three bedroom units.
The AHA is led by a Board of Commissioners and one member appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Six full time Staff members serve in Administrative Management and Maintenance positions.
As one of Agawam's largest landlords, the AHA takes its leadership role seriously and has initiated a number of strategies to improve its properties and safety within its developments. None of this could be possible without the guidance and oversight from the Division of Housing and Community Development, who has proven to be a true and trusted friend.
Improving the quality of life in the community is possible when those who live there participate in the day to day activities of the Community and help plan its future. To that end the AHA has successfully formed a Tenant Council to help create and support a variety of activities designed to promote a sense of community, health, safety, and pride. Council members are active in a number of AHA Developments and are having a positive impact on daily life and improvements to the properties. In addition, Council members elected by their peers meet regularly to plan events and discuss maintenance and repair issues with the AHA Staff. We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with our council, which in turn creates a stronger Authority and well informed community!