65 Columbus Ave., (413) 443-5936. This agency administers both public housing and section 8 programs. Family housing developments include: Wilson Park, Dower Square, Jubilee apartments, Christopher Arms, and McGill Court. Senior housing developments include: Rose Manor, Providence Court, Wahcohah Heights, Francis Plaza, and Columbia Arms, Rents, which are based on household income, are affordable. Twenty-four hour maintenance service is provided. Each senior development has a community room and laundry facilities.
The PHA also provides supportive services for tenants through agencies such as Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association, Elder Services, and the Pittsfield Police Department.
Department of Community Development
City Hall, (413) 499-9453. In addition to overall economic development responsibilities, the DCD administers programs for the rehabilitation of single family and multi-family housing, including de-leading of residential spaces. Below-market-rate loans and/or grants are available to qualified persons for these purposes. DCD also provides assistance related to Fair Housing and resolution of tenant/landlord disputes. A guidebook called 'The Complete Landlord' is available for $5 from DCD at City Hall.
Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority
150 North St., (413) 443-7138. Develops housing, provides mediation programs, legal and educational counseling, case-management services, offers workshops on the rights and responsibilities for landlords and tenants of both, and assists people trying to find affordable housing.
Berkshire Housing Development Corp.
74 North St., Rm. 302, (413) 499-1630, Bill Simon, president. A non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing opportunities throughout Berkshire County. Berkshire Housing Development builds new housing, rehabilitates old housing and operates a home ownership program for First-time home buyers. Staff also serves as consultants to communities and write grant proposals. The corporation is also involved in community development projects. It's subsidiary company, Berkshire Housing Services, Inc. manages 1,500 housing units throughout Berkshire County and includes government assisted rental units, market rate condominiums, and commercial properties. www.berkshirehousing.com