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 Median Income (AMI).
The mission of Home City Development, Inc. is address a need in the Greater Springfield area:
• 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 1968 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 our 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.