At an event held last Thursday at the Forestdale Housing Community Room, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito on behalf of Governor Baker, and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay announced $17.8 Million in funding to be provided for the rehabilitation of public elderly housing units in the cities of Malden, Chelsea, Ipswich and Gloucester. Malden Housing Authority Executive Director Steve Finn applied for the grant last September through the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Modernizing Public Housing and Supporting Elders (ModPHASE) Program, which works in collaboration with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. ModPHASE seeks to preserve and modernize public housing communities with high capital needs and facilitate stronger relationships between local housing authorities and local elder service agencies. The program also supports the capacity for current and future public housing residents to age in their communities.
MHA Director Steve Finn was moved upon hearing the announcement of the Malden Housing Authority’s $6,695,000 award for the rehabilitation of 103 units at the Forestdale development. “These funds will enable us to construct a number of long-overdue capital improvements that will extend the life of this critically important public housing asset,” said Director Finn. “This award would not have been possible without Mayor Christenson’s commitment and the support of the Malden City Council to assume the unleveraged portion of the costs of these services. On behalf of our resident families, we thank the Mayor and the Council for this significant opportunity.” The buildings will be upgraded, newly accessible units will be created, renovations of kitchens and bathrooms will take place, along with various other site improvements. Additionally, Mystic Valley Elder Services and the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Elder Service Plan will provide services to the residents.
Mayor Gary Christenson, State Senator Jason Lewis, and State Representatives Steve Ultrino, who sits on the Committee on Elder Affairs and Paul Brodeur attended the event and each spoke of their gratitude to the Baker Administration for providing the funding for these much needed improvements. Lt. Governor Polito reiterated the Baker/Polito’s commitment to the importance of our elderly remaining connected to their communities while having access to services that are essential to their comfort and safety.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson