Tyringham completes purchase of home to provide affordable housing option


TYRINGHAM — After almost nine years, the Tyringham Affordable Housing Association has purchased a small house in town for use as affordable housing.

This tiny town, which has 350 residents in the summer and about half that year-round, is the smallest community in Berkshire county to have a local affordable housing unit within its borders.

"Tyringham stands alone in the Berkshires as a town of fewer than 400 residents with any type of affordable housing component," said Vivi Manuzza, a member of the town's Housing Committee, in a statement.

The association, which was created in 2007, has been raising money since 2009 to purchase the two-story, three-bedroom house, according to member Carey MacIntosh, chairman of the town's Housing Committee and secretary of the Affordable Housing Association.

The Main Road home, built in 1967, cost $175,000, MacIntosh said. It has been on the market for about two years.

"It's been a slow process," Macintosh said. 'The selectmen gave us their blessing in 2004 to initiate the program. We actually began fundraising in 2009."

MacIntosh said the town has been supportive and has annually donated a small sum of $4,500 since 2009.

The rest of the money was raised from grants and private donations, he said.

The town issued a survey several years ago to determine the potential need, MacIntosh said. The response indicated that if an affordable housing component were to emerge in town, there would be applicants.

The Affordable Housing Association is working with Construct, Inc., in Great Barrington to determine eligibility guidelines, MacIntosh said. Preference will be given to families in town.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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