Winchester Savings Bank President & CEO, Peter Segerstrom, and Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer, Carl Flumerfelt, presented HCA Executive Director, Pamela Hallett, with a $500 donation to support HCA's affordable housing and homelessness prevention work:
Carl joined HCA's Board of Directors last November &
On the morning
of December 12, HCA was pleased to celebrate the completion
of its Capitol Square Apartments building, 258 Massachusetts Avenue, the first
of three buildings on the property that will hold 32 affordable units upon
completion this winter. 100 HCA supporters came out to celebrate and listen to
speakers including Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Cedric Kam from U.S.
Department of Housing & Urban Development, Massachusetts Department of Housing
& Community Development’s Undersecretary of Housing Aaron Gornstein, Peter
Sargent from Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Gregory Bowe from
Cambridge Savings Bank, Tony Fracasso from MassDevelopment and Eastern Bank’s
President, Robert Rivers.Cambridge
Savings Bank sponsored the morning’s festivities, and the event concluded with
the guests touring the completed units.
HCA’s Vice President and Vice President of Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage, started the morning off by welcoming the crowd and discussing the
significance of the units, “Capitol Square Apartments is HCA’s largest project
yet and the first Arlington property to receive low-income housing tax credits
from Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development.”
Units will be affordable in perpetuity serving low-income households at
or below 60% of area median income. The buildings offer a mix of apartment
sizes: 6 studio units, 17 one-bedroom units and 9 two-bedroom units with 32
Bus service is
available at the front door and many retail and other services are within
walking distance. “With a bus stop right out front,” stated
Undersecretary Gornstein, “This is the true meaning of transit-oriented
In an elegant
benediction over the building, Pastor Christine Elliott of Calvary Church gave
thanks, “…for the dream which made this day possible and the patience and
tenacity which have brought it to life; for the tireless work and dedication,
day in and day out, of HCA staff and Board members; for the partnership and teamwork
of public and private sectors and for all who have advocated and contributed
money, time and heart; for the support of this community and a town that cares
for all persons; for the workers who have given their strength and skill to
Celebrate the holidays with an affordable housing gift to the Arlington community at our
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for
Capitol Square Apartments Project!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
258 Mass Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
Light refreshments will be served.
Kindly RSVP to Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-316-3606. Capitol Square Apartments Project Funders Town of Arlington Brookline Bank Cambridge Savings
Bank Eastern Bank Massachusetts Affordable
Housing Trust Fund Massachusetts
Department of Housing and Community Development Massachusetts Housing
Investment Corporation MassDevelopment North Suburban
Consortium HOME Program U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development
Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) is pleased to announce closing on our Capitol Square Apartments Project, the first Arlington property to receive
low-income housing tax credits from the Massachusetts Dept. of Housing and
Community Development (DHCD).
Apartments Project is HCA’s most
exciting endeavor yet,” states Paul Parravano, HCA Board President, “In size,
scope of work, diversity of funding, location—it all adds up to a monumental
achievement for HCA and our supporters.”
acquisition and redevelopment of these properties required a complex mix of
both private and public financing, including Community Development Block Grant funds
from the Town of Arlington, local HOME Program funds, state Affordable Housing
Trust Funds, stabilization funds through DHCD, low-income housing tax credits (4%), tax-exempt bond financing through
Eastern Bank, state and federal historic tax credits with investors Brookline
Bank and Cambridge Savings Bank, and HUD funding through the McKinney-Vento
Program. The total cost of this venture
is approximately $11 million.
Applications are currently available on the
HCA website, at the HCA office, and at the
Robbins Library. Applications must be
postmarked by noon on November 1 to be eligible for the lottery on November 7. The units will start renting to new tenants this winter.
As we transition from
summer to fall, you will begin to notice quite a few changes around Capitol
Square Apartments. The Capitol Square team is working to close our
construction loan so the renovation can begin. Within weeks, you will all begin
to notice workers on site and hear the sounds of the transformation of this
Anyone who is
interested in applying for an apartment at Capitol Square can obtain an
application at Housing Corporation of Arlington offices, the Robbins Library in
Arlington Center or Peabody Properties in Braintree. The application is also
You must complete a new application even if you are currently on HCA’s waiting
Some more dates to
remember: On September 13, we will conduct informational sessions to explain
the lottery process. Those will be held at 4 PM and 6 PM on the first floor of
the Arlington Senior Center at 27 Maple Street in Arlington Center. We will
accept applications until October 31. Then, on November 7 at 2 PM, we will
conduct the lottery on the first floor of the Arlington Senior Center. Peabody
Properties will process applications selected on that date and notify the
applicants. If there are not enough qualifying applicants identified from the
initial lottery, additional applications will be drawn until all the apartments
We are very excited about
the progress we’re making at Capitol Square--Stay tuned for more updates!
David J. Levy has been serving low-income households in Arlington for 8 years
as HCA's Executive Director. We are saddened to say goodbye to our good
friend, David, but delighted to celebrate HCA's accomplishments throughout his
tenure.Through his tireless efforts,
David has been a key player in putting HCA on the map.
At the same time, we look forward to introducing our
new Executive Director, Pamela Hallett!
June 24, 2012
3:00 to 5:00 PM
689 Massachusetts Ave,
Arlington, MA 02476
Heavy hors d'oeuvres
will be served. There will be a cash bar.
HCA is pleased to announce that Pamela Hallettwill be joining the organization as its new Executive Director. Pam comes to the position with over 25 years of affordable housing and community
Her past experience includes 20 years with
her own development/consulting firm which specialized in affordable housing. The firm developed more than 1,500 units of
housing, securing more than $100 million in construction and permanent
financing. It provided expertise in tax
credits, financing, planning, construction monitoring, energy conservation and
Most recently, Pam was the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Manager for The Community Builders, Inc.
where she managedthe $78 million
loan program funded by HUD to revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods in nine
states and the District of Columbia. In
addition, Pam has served on a variety of boards and committees of
non-profit organizations over the years, including the Chicago Low Income
Housing Trust Fund, DevCorp North, Windy City Habitat for Humanity, Lawyers’
Committee for Better Housing, and the Greater Illinois People’s
Pam has deep Arlington roots. Her maternal grandparents moved to Arlington
from Newton in 1932. And although Pam grew up in Bedford, her parents returned to Arlington in 1984. Pam now lives in the Heights.
behalf of HCA’s board and staff, we are truly excited to have Pam on board,”
said HCA Board President, Paul Parravano, “Her energy, enthusiasm and wealth of
affordable housing knowledge are exactly what we were looking for in order to
move Housing Corporation of Arlington into its next phase of growth.
We’re so grateful to HCA Board Member, Mark Lesses, and his committee members
for their diligence, thoughtfulness and many hours of hard work to find our
next Executive Director.”
While it’s not unusual for young adults to spend their Saturday nights attending live concerts, one church youth group did something out of the ordinary with their Saturday night—they put on their own live concert. The seventy plus members of the First Parish Youth Group marketed, played in, sold tickets for and MCed their Music & Art Benefit on Saturday, April 28 to support our 11th Annual Walk for Affordable Housing, which took place the next day.
The youth group’s theme for the year was Homes & Homelessness. When choosing a beneficiary for the Music & Art Benefit, the group wanted something that benefited Arlington as a community—something close to home rather than in Boston or another city. HCA's Walk for Affordable Housing was also the next day, and many of the youth were signed up to go.
Erika Tai, the Social Action Coordinator of the First Parish Youth Group, stated, “This year, we realized how much the issue of homes and homelessness affects Arlington. Usually, when we think of these concerns, we think of them in the context of big cities, like Boston. Before this year, many of us did not understand how much these issues affect Arlington.”
A night of live music, a silent art auction and food donated from Anna’s Taqueria, this benefit is the First Parish Youth Group’s largest fundraiser each year. Several groups of young talent played original pieces. Others performed covers of their favorite recent hits. All the art was donated from the local community—youth group members, high school students, and adults inside the church.
“The feeling throughout the night was great, and it was one of the most successful fundraisers we’ve held, raising $3,000 in one evening,” remarked Erika.
Debby Lewis, longtime HCA board member and First Parish member, spoke to the crowd, “The First Parish Youth Group has been supportive of our Walk for the past eleven years, but this year, they really outdid themselves! We are so appreciative of their energy, support and dedication to affordable housing issues in Arlington.”
HCA is thrilled to partner with First Giving for our 11th Annual Walk for Affordable Housing to make it easier for you to support you neighbors who desperately need affordable housing in our community.
HCA is thrilled to welcome Mary-Anne Morrison to our Board of Directors!
Mary-Anne retired from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in April 2011, having served as its Director of Rental Assistance with oversight responsibility for its 27,000-unit federal and state rental assistance portfolio, the Commonwealth’s nine Housing Consumer Education Centers and the Rental Assistance for Families in Transition Program. She began her affordable housing career working on public housing issues in 1971. In 1975, she was asked to assist in the start-up of DHCD’s first allocation of 1,056 Section 8 units. For the following 36 years until her retirement, Mary-Anne shepherded DHCD’s Section 8 program’s growth to 19,500 units, making it the country’s seventh largest Housing Choice Voucher Program and one of its most diversified, with numerous set-asides for special populations, a very large project-based voucher component, and the sixth largest Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) voucher program in the nation.
Currently, Mary-Anne is in the process of founding her own business, Mac3advocates, which will offer family field trip fellowships to parents participating on the Section 8 FSS program and their children. She and her husband, John, and their two children, Ben and Liz, moved to Arlington in 1987.
Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) is a non-profit community development organization based in Arlington, MA. HCA advocates for and provides affordable housing and homelessness solutions to low-income members of the community. HCA was established in 1986 and is a 501(c)3 corporation.