North Adams Housing Authority votes to dispose of Flood House


NORTH ADAMS -- A former group home could once again be used for public housing -- just not by the North Adams Housing Authority.

The authority voted on Monday to dispose of the home, known as the Flood House, named for the family that previously owned the property.

"We don't have any use for it," said Jennifer Hohn, executive director of the housing authority.

A newly enacted state law allows the public authority to, within guidelines set by the state Department of Housing and Community Develop ment, sell or relinquish ownership of the property to a fully staffed "supportive housing program."

The house on Church Street was originally deeded to the housing authority from the Depart ment of Housing and Com munity Development for public housing purposes decades ago, but it sits unoccupied -- while the authority con tinues to foot the bill for its maintenance.

Though gifted as part of the state Special Needs Housing program to provide housing for the mentally disabled, Hohn said, the state "ultimately said they have no use for the property, and if we can't house that specific population of people," the house can be given to agencies "that can use [it]."

"[Berkshire Family and In dividual Resources] rented it for several years," Hohn said, "and then they needed to go to a single-floor model because the population was aging."

Now, the state has agreed that the authority really has no use for the house, allowing Hohn and her staff to send out a request for proposals from various housing-related entities. Among those discussed at the Authority's Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday was the Family Life Support Center, Inc. Louison House, a transitional housing shelter for the homeless currently located in Adams.

"It's an ideal location," Hohn said. "It's a beautiful house."

The Authority also voted to shed its interest in a property on the corner of East Quincy and Meadow streets.

"I've actually had a a couple of people offer to buy it for a few thousand dollars, but DHCD wouldn't allow us to do it at the time," Hohn said.

Once a bid is accepted, "at that point, NAHA would cut all ties," said Board Chairman Chris Tremblay.


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