45 Mason Street, Taunton, MA
Lenox Green is located in downtown Taunton in a transit-oriented development (TOD) overlay district. The site is adjacent to public transit and other services. Completed in the spring of 2014, the development has new site infrastructure, eighteen townhomes, a three-story 54-unit mid-rise building with community space/management offices, raised community planting beds, walking paths connecting to local services, a playground, and other community amenities. The mid-rise has an elevator and all of the units in the building are handicap adaptable and 10 are handicap accessible. All of the buildings are energy-efficient and Energy Star Certified.
The development is a certified Enterprise Green Community. The 72 units at Lenox Green include one-, two- and three-bedroom units and all 72 of the units are affordable to households earning between 0-60% of the Taunton area median income. The Taunton Housing Authority provides Resident Services at Lenox Green and makes available comprehensive case management services that can result in increased educational achievement, employment opportunities, permanent housing solutions, and more.
101 Fairground Avenue, Taunton, MA
Bristol Commons was completed in 2014. The site contains 80 townhomes and eight duplex units that each have central air conditioning, washers and dryers, and microwaves. The development has separate community space/management offices, a community garden, green space, walking paths, a playground, a basketball court, a splash pad, and other community amenities.
The 88 units at Bristol Commons include one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units and 78 of the units are affordable to households earning between 0-60% of the Taunton area median income. The remaining ten units are market-rate units and have no income restriction assigned to them.
A Head Start center is also located onsite in the community center. The Taunton Housing Authority provides Resident Services at Bristol Commons and makes available to residents comprehensive case management services that can result in increased educational achievement, employment opportunities, permanent housing solutions, and more. The development is a certified Enterprise Green Community.
The Walker School Apartments
135 Berkley Street, Taunton, MA
The redevelopment of the Walker School is a major component of the City’s ongoing revitalization the Weir Village. This historic renovation project will not only repurpose a vacant and distressed historic asset, but it will also provide 56-units of highly desirable affordable rental housing which will further the growth in Weir Village neighborhood. The property is conveniently located adjacent to one of the Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA’s) public bus stops, which provide local and regional public transportation to residents. The site is also less than .25 miles to the Weir Village’s public park for recreational use and shops for convenience items.
The project will include 40 one-bedroom apartments affordable to elders and non-elderly disabled earning no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). 40% of units will be restricted to those earning 30% or less of the Area Median Income, as well as 60% of units restricted to households earning 50% or less of the AMI. The three-story masonry building will include 16 one-bedroom units, as well as on-site laundry center, community and recreational space for tenants, as well as professional office space for property management and maintenance staff.
The project has been awarded 40 project-based vouchers (PBV) for 100% rental assistance to very low-income and extremely low-income population that will reside at the property. Further, we have established a robust Service Plan to address the needs of the Elderly population with coordination from Peabody Resident Services, and assistance from Bristol Elder Services, PACE Harbor Health, and the Taunton Housing Authority.
Construction is anticipated to start in January 2020 and projected to take 14 months to complete with occupancy beginning in Spring/Summer of 2021.
CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Special Needs Housing
23-25 Bassett Street, Taunton, MA
The THA constructed this property, completed in 2014, in order to serve adults with special needs. The two five-unit residences at this site are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s Chapter 689 Special Needs Housing Program. The Chapter 689 program there is run and administered by the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health. The Chapter 689 program offers group home oversight and care for residents and is tailored to the specific needs of each individual. This individual care allows those with special needs to live independently while still getting the help they need. Each building is staffed round the clock by personnel from the Department of Mental Retardation.
Special Needs Housing
27-29 Wales Street, Taunton, MA
This supportive housing property was built under Chapter 689, Housing for People with Special Needs. The day-to-day operation of the Wales Street property is managed by staff from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation (DMR). The THA has a longstanding Memorandum of Understanding with DMR which allows DMR the use of the site as a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Wales Street is a duplex style building with each side having four one-bedroom units and is staffed 24 hours a day.
Project-based Section 8 Units
17-19 Fayette Place, Taunton, MA
Heritage House was purchased in 2002 thanks to an award from the Mayor’s Office of Community Development of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
The THA acquired and renovated an existing distressed structure on Fayette Place for the purpose of creating six one-bedroom affordable housing rental units specifically targeted towards homeless individuals.
The Authority had received a McKinley Homeless grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the project’s operating costs over 10 years. The non-profit program Youth Build assisted the Authority in completing the rehab work.
59 Ingell Street, Taunton, MA
The Samaritan House is a sober transitional homeless shelter for men and women near Taunton's Weir section. The property is owned by the Taunton Housing Authority and managed by Catholic Social Services as a homeless shelter through a Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies. It has 20 beds on multiple floors and is staffed 24 hours a day. In addition to shelter, the program offers a wide range of supportive services including assessment, job skills training, budgeting information, and access to mental health and other needed services.