2013 Youth Summer Employment Program

The summer has ended for many youth in the City of Holyoke which means that the kids will be returning to school soon. Stories will be shared with new and old classmates of “What did you do this summer?” Twelve youth from HHA family developments will be able to share their summer experiences about how they worked for the Holyoke Housing Authority in the summer of 2013.

Approximately thirty children, ranging from ages 14 to 17 years old, applied for one of the twelve available positions working in the Holyoke Housing Authority’s Maintenance Department. The Holyoke Housing Authority had the pleasure to hire twelve of the applicants from four of our family developments: Beaudoin Village, Lyman Terrace, Toepfert Apartments and Churchill Homes. The hiring process gave all applicants the opportunity to interview with HHA’s maintenance foremen, Marc Ruell, Jose Rivera and Mark Harazmus, and Resident Services ROSS Coordinator, Susan Cameron. The interviewing process was a first for the majority of the applicants and a first for HHA’s foremen as interviewers. The experience was enlightening for both kids and the HHA staff.

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Retirement of Rosalie M. Deane

Family, friends, staff and local stakeholders gathered on June 27th at Wistariahurst Museum to celebrate the retirement of Rosalie M. Deane, after forty-one years of decorated service. Rosalie’s accomplishments at the Holyoke Housing Authority are too numerous to illiterate here, but suffice to say, she helped guide the HHA to high performer status through many very difficult and challenging times.

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During the month of March, three Holyoke residents became first-time homebuyers with their purchase of homes constructed by the Holyoke Housing Authority on Chestnut Street. These three homes, built on the former Minnie Dwight State Public Housing development site, further improve the neighborhood and continues the Authority's goal of providing affordable homeownership opportunities to low/moderate income households. In addition to purchasing the homes the buyers utilized the Authority's HOME funded Borrowers Assistance Program (BAP) to help with downpayment and closing costs. The Authority wishes these families great success as homeowners.