Home City works with investors, residents, property owners, and other nonprofit organizations to build better neighborhoods in Springfield, MA.
We own and develop affordable housing and provide technical assistance to other nonprofit groups in order to facilitate the ongoing development of affordable housing with various federal and state housing assistance programs.
Home City currently owns 423 affordable housing units within the City of Springfield, and an additional 18 apartments in Northampton. The properties include 104 single room occupancy (SRO) units, and 319 apartments with 1-5 bedrooms. Over 1000 people currently reside in these properties including almost 420 children. Of these, 71% identify as Latino and 23% identify as Black. Economically the residents are greatly challenged with 98% of the residents living on less than 50% of the Area Mean Income (AMI).
Home City Development is sensitive to the needs of the Greater Springfield community, seeking to improve its housing stock, while serving the needs of vulnerable populations such as mentally ill and chronically homeless persons. We assist residents with accessing supportive services such as fuel assistance, mediation, case management, and programs for children and families.
We are committed to building better neighborhoods.
The mission of Home City Development was developed in 1968 to address a need in Greater Springfield that is just as relevant in the 21st century:
• To restore or replace substandard housing with a supply of decent, affordable and well-managed housing for individuals and families
• To assist in the improvement of neighborhoods in partnership with residents, lenders and others who have a stake in the community
Home City was founded, as Better Homes Inc, in 1967 by the Chamber of Commerce, and is a multi-service, nonprofit housing organization that develops and owns low income multi-family and single room occupancy rental properties in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Over the years, HCDI has helped to develop thousands of housing units in the Springfield area. Recently HCDI completed a restoration of four properties in Springfield’s South End, consisting of 47 units that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tornado, earning multiple awards for excellence.
As of July 1, 2016 all property management responsibilities shifted over to a new partner, Housing Management Resources, Inc.
This private firm has a strong commitment to high quality, resident-centered, professional management. Based in Quincy, many of the senior staff are residents of the Pioneer Valley and have worked with Home City and other local agencies for many years.
We are pleased that many of the Home City staff transitioned over to HMR and continue to be an active part of our organization.