Building on history
Holyoke, Massachusetts, is a historic town known for its industrial beginnings in paper and silk manufacturing. Today, Holyoke is moving towards a bright future for the people who live there. Since 1996, the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) has been redeveloping and revitalizing their properties using a variety of HUD assistance opportunities, creating a community that can better serve the population. The HHA owns and operates 821 public housing units in twelve developments and other individual sites across Holyoke.
HHA’s Lyman Terrace property requires extensive renovations. In order to fund this work, the HHA applied to participate in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), providing the HHA with an opportunity to address the significant rehabilitation needs of the property and to better support its residents. Using RAD also allowed the HHA to support the economic growth in and around downtown Holyoke.
“My daughter had a problem of high lead… so [I was] one of the first ones [to move]. Every single one of the old apartments had lead, so I just waited, like, for 6 months and then I was in this one.” —Melissa Solis, Resident
Planning the PROJECT
Lyman Terrace is in downtown Holyoke, less than a block away from City Hall. Lyman Terrace was originally built in 1939 and is one of the oldest public housing projects in the country. It covers three city blocks and, when the project is complete, it will have 160 affordable apartments, ranging from one to four-bedrooms. Nearly 80 years old, pre-RAD Lyman Terrace was outdated and needed many changes to improve accessibility in the living space, improve the connections with the surrounding community, increase access to resident services and improve the overall appeal of the properties. The HHA attempted to obtain funding to address these needs but was unsuccessful until it applied to HUD to participate in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).