SPRINGFIELD HOUSING AUTHORITY

80 Main St
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-4905

      The Authority welcomed two new Commissioners, Gerry Mittica and Frank Poole. They replaced Alan Pinders and Beverly Corey. Alan and Bev had served on the Board since 1993 and 2000 respectively.We will miss them both and wish to thank them both for their years of service to the Town, the staff and the tenants.
      The public housing units at theWhitcomb and Huber Buildings were almost fully occupied through out the year, as the occupancy rate was 99.19%. This was exceptional due to the fact that the Authority had 21 units turnover this past year. The current waiting list shows 31 applicants. The Authority was reviewed under the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS). The scores have not been posted in time for publication in this report. However, the Authority did have a 99 out of 100 during its last review. In addition, the Authority has always been a High Performer per HUD guidelines.
      The Authority was awarded a Capital Fund Grant (CFG) for 169,759.00 at the end of 2007. Those funds were used for the following projects:
  • Replacement of the apartment door locks at theWhitcomb Building,
  • Starting the caulking and sealing of the Whitcomb Building, and
  • Finishing the elevator modernization project at the Whitcomb Building.
      During 2008, the Authority was given another CFG for 194,523.00. These funds will be used to complete the caulking and sealing project, replacement of the hall lights, and painting of the hallways at the Whitcomb Building.
      The Authority also manages 61 section 8 certificates and vouchers. Last year, $283,988.00 was paid to local landlords for our section 8 tenants. The lease-up rate for this program was 97.95 %. Currently, there are 91 families on the waiting list. The waiting period for local residents has increased to about 16 months.
      The Maples, the Rural Development project on South Street, is fully occupied, and there are 34 people on the waiting list. This past year saw an occupancy rate of 99.45%. Also, during the past year, we continued the process of vinyl floor and carpet replacement in the units. This will continue for the next four years. In addition, we painted the front of the building and repaired the dumpster pad. In 2007 the Authority purchased the Mountain ViewApartments from the partnership that has owned them for the past 16 years. Mountain View will still remain a HUD Section 236 property until January of 2014. This development had an occupancy rate of 96.5 % in 2008, and a waiting list of 61 families. The physical inspection of the property was conducted by the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) in 2007. The property scored 92 out of 100. This means that HUD considers the property a high performer. The next inspection is due in 2010. In 2008, we replaced 20 refrigerators and sanded several floors.
      The following property is owned by partnerships in which Springfield Housing Unlimited (SHU), the Authority created non-profit, is a co-general partner. The Springfield HousingAuthority manages the property but has no ownership interest.
      Westview Terrace Apartments had an occupancy rate of 95.6%in 2008. These 58 units of family housing are a part of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. They service families, which can earn up to 60% of the median income forWindsor County. This project continues to be a valuable asset to the Town by providing people of limited income access to safe, clean, and reasonably priced rental housing. The replacement of one hot water tank, new carpeting in several apartments, the continued replacement of the kitchen cabinet doors, and new refrigerators were the only capital items in 2008.


House built by RVTC students in the 2007/2008 school year

      In September of 2004, SHU with the help of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) purchased about 3 and 1/2 acres of land adjacent to Westview. Eight building lots were created. SHU and the SHA have partnered with Springfield Area Habitat for Humanity, Vermont Works for Women, and the Rockingham Community Land Trust (RACLT) to build and sell affordable homes. At the present time, four houses have been built and three have been sold to families who have worked with the agencies listed above. The fourth house has a couple of perspective buyers. Currently, SHU has partnered with the River Valley Technical Center (RVTC). The students have built one house that was placed on a lot in May of 2008. They are starting the second home which should be ready by May of 2009. The plan is to continue with this and other partnerships to create 2 additional affordable homes.
      Finally, the Authority has partnered with Housing Vermont to reconstruct the Springfield Movie Theater and associated housing that was severely damaged by the July 8, 2008 fire. Hopefully, all will be restored by the spring of 2010.

William F. Morlock,III                     Frederic P. Koledo
Executive Director                            Chairman

Gerry Mittica                                    Peter Andrews
Cynthia Gagnier                               Vice-Chairman
Frank Poole



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