Goal is to ‘promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination’
The Tewksbury Housing Authority met on Monday, Feb. 6 for its regular monthly meeting with all three current members in attendance: Chair John Deputat, Marc DiFruscia and tenant member Cheryl Wight.
The Housing Authority has five seats; one is vacant because an elected member passed away. That seat will be filled by voters at the town election on April 1. The other is an appointee by the Healey administration that has not yet been filled.
The Tewksbury HA manages more than 389 units, including both state and federal projects.
Executive Director Melissa Maniscalco reported that there are currently four vacancies in Tewksbury’s public housing stock. These units will be upgraded as needed and offered to the next applicants on the list. Maniscalco also reported that Phase 2 of the roof project for Delaney Drive will move ahead this year, and window replacements for Carnation Drive have been completed.
The THA approved a bid for fire alarm upgrades and electrical panel replacements on Carnation Drive, Saunders Circle and several group homes, paid for with ARPA funds. The Mass Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded Tewksbury a $643,000 grant, which will be used for the noted updates and to enhance a number of units to benefit residents.
The Tewksbury Housing Authority is a 40B Monitoring Agent for several developments in Tewksbury and surrounding communities. The THA is a consultant for both the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and DHCD.
Residents can find information on Tewksbury’s production plan, how to apply for housing, income limits and more on the THA’s site. Agendas for prior meetings are also available, but the agency does not provide meeting minutes.