The mission of the Chicopee Housing Authority is to provide decent,safe, sanitary housing to persons and families of low income in theCity of Chicopee in accordance with state and federal law. This isaccomplished through a mix of state and federally-aided housingprograms. Through the administration of these programs the CHA ismaintaining its commitment to take a central role in the provision ofaffordable housing in our City and to make a contribution inencouraging the maintenance of a significant portion of our City’shousing stock in accordance with HUD’s Housing Quality Standards andthe Article II of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code.
Federal Public Housing
The CHA operates 383 units of conventional federal housing at threesites in Chicopee; the Cabot Manor Apartments located on Stonina Drive and PlanteCircle, the Memorial Apartments located on Memorial Drive and DebraDrive and the Canterbury Arms Apartments located at 165 East MainStreet. Primary eligibility is based on household income.
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 (lowincome housing) of the Massachusetts General Laws. Nine developmentstotaling 816 units are currently owned and managed in Chicopee. Primaryeligibility is based on household income. Eligibility for the variousprograms is also based on factors such as veteran status, age anddisability.
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
The CHA assistsrenters in the private market with the Housing Choice Voucher Program.Eligibility is based on income. The CHA will pay a portion of theVoucher Holder’s rent directly to their landlord. Application areavailable from the CHA or from the MASSNAHROweb site. The CHA participates in the statewide waiting list systemwith other MASSNAHRO Members. Applications may be obtained from, andfiled with any participating agency.
Chicopee Housing Authority developments are maintained by anin-house maintenance department that includes a licensed plumber and alicensed electrician. Our staff of professional maintenance employeesis fully equipped and capable of addressing the daily needs of allhousing units. Maintenance requests and inquiries may be directed tothe Maintenance Department at (413) 592-6132 x110.
Housing Modernization / Housing Inspection
The CHA operates afederal Capital Fund Program focusing on improvements to thefederally-aided public housing developments. Through this program morethan five million dollars has been allocated for improvements rangingfrom door and window replacement to kitchen and bathroom modernization.
The CHA annual plan will describe those improvements currently planned.
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Developmentfunds specific improvements for state-aided CHA developments. Recentimprovements included a full replacement of the electric distributionand service at the Leo P. Senecal Apartmentsand window and door replacement at the Governor George D. RobinsonApartments. Inquiries regarding housing improvements may be directed tothe Modernization office at (413) 594-3605.
This office is also charged with the responsibility for conductingannual inspections of all CHA owned units and Housing Choice VoucherQuality Control Inspections. Questions regarding inspections may beaddressed at (413) 594-3605.