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Brookline Housing Authority

90 Longwood Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446
Tel: 617-277-2022    Fax: 617-277-1462    TTD: 1-800-545-1833, Ext. 213

 

 

What's New

 

 

Board of Commissioners Meeting - 2017

 

The next Board meeting is -

 

Tuesday September 12  -  4:30PM

 

Location:

 

O’Shea House  -  61 Park Street  -  Community Room

 

View or download minutes from previous meetings.

 

 

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

 

WELCOME TO NEW SERVICE COORDINATOR AT 22 HIGH

Megan Smith is the new service coordinator/social worker based at 22 High Street. She recently received her Masters degree in social work from Simmons College. Megan is passionate about working in housing and advocating for her clients to receive the support they deserve to thrive.  Megan is here to help residents of the Walnut-High development get referrals to social services, sign-up for government benefits, look for jobs, and much more.  She can be reached via phone at 617-608-7019 or by email at megansmith@brooklinecenter.org.  Megan works for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center in coordination with the Brookline Housing Authority.

 

 

BHA  2 & 3 Bedroom Waiting Lists  Open  July 16 - August 14, 2015

Beginning July 16 applications will be available to download on our website. Applications will also be available at our office located at 90 Longwood Ave. Ste. 1, Brookline.  Office hours for obtaining an application will be Monday – Friday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.  If you would like an application mailed to you may call our applications hotline at 617-277-1885 and leave a message with your full name, address and phone number. Please remember to speak slowly, clearly and spell your name and/or street if necessary.
 

For More Information Please Click here

For Online Instructions Please Click here

For Pre-Application Please Click here

For FAQs Please Click here

 

 

BHA's Strategic Plan -  click here

The BHA is pleased to share with one and all our newly released Brookline Housing Authority 2015 Strategic Plan: Investing in People and Place. 

The plan is the result of a yearlong conversation involving the BHA Board of Commissioners, staff, and residents.  It reflects our ongoing partnerships with Town government, the Brookline public schools, and Brookline’s many non-profit service organizations. The plan discusses our strategic assets and challenges and identifies our primary initiatives for the coming years.  The plan is guided by our newly adopted mission statement:

“The Brookline Housing Authority provides low-income families, seniors, and people of all abilities with safe, decent, accessible, and affordable places to live in a community rich with opportunities.  The BHA works in collaboration with government and civic organizations to support and encourage the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of BHA residents; to sustain a diverse population in Brookline; and to maintain attractive residential neighborhoods.”

The BHA invites you to respond to the Strategic Plan and join us in the conversation.

To View the BHA’s Strategic Plan – click here

 

 

Thanks and Good Luck to BHA Resident

 

Orrin 'Donte' Davis recently completed a six-month part-time position  in the BHA's Maintenance Department, while taking time off from his college studies.  Donte provided dedicated hard work to the BHA during this time and was especially helpful getting vacant apartments ready for re-occupancy.  Donte grew up in  the BHA's Egmont development where his family still resides.   He worked in the BHA's summer jobs program for three summers. He  graduated from Brookline High School, where he participated in the  Steps to Success program.  He is returning to college  in January 2015 and plans to graduate in the spring of 2016 with a BA in criminal justice.   Thanks and good luck Donte!

 

Housing Authority Wins Public Health Award for No-Smoking Policy

 

 

On December 10, 2014, the Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) was presented
with a 2014 Herb Carlin Community Health Award by the Friends
of Brookline Public Health for the BHA's policy started in June, 2014 that
disallows smoking in BHA buildings and within a 20 foot perimeter around the
buildings. The policy protects BHA residents from the serious health danger
posed by second-hand smoke.

Pictured from left to right are:
BHA Executive Director Patrick Dober, Rosalie Hermos, BHA Assistant Director Matthew Baronas, Janelyn Rodriguez, Town Wide Tenant Association President Jaymmy Colon, Tobacco Control Program Coordinator Wesley Chin, BHA Property Manager Sheila O'Flaherty, and President of the Friends of Brookline Public Health, Bruce Cohen.

 

Welcome to the most recent BHA hires:

 

The BHA is pleased to welcome three new employees.  Compton Bowman joins the Maintenance Department in his second tour of duty with the BHA.  He previously worked at BHA from 1991 to 2007 and most recently worked at Thayer & Associates.  We gladly welcome back his skills and positive outlook.

Tom Fitzgerald also joins the Maintenance Department and brings with him excellent skills developed in running his own contracting business.  Tom is a graduate of Brookline High School.  Sheila O’Flaherty is our new property manager, in charge of the Egmont Street and Trustman developments.  A native of Ireland, she has many years of experience in property management.  The BHA is thrilled to have this trio of skilled, positive people added to our staff. 

[Pictured: Compton Bowman - Maintenance, Sheila O’Flaherty – Housing Manager, Thomas Fitzgerald – Maintenance]

 

 

Kickham Residents Celebrate the Season

 

 

BHA to go Smoke-Free as of June 2014

 

 

For full details on the Smoke-Free Policy   click  here

For Board Of Health Notice    click here

For additional articles :

click here - article 1

click here - article 2

click here - article 3

 

 

   

Housing Authority named "High Performer" by HUD

 

 

 

Once again the Department of Housing and Urband Development [HUD] has rated the Brookline Housing Authority [BHA] a High Performer.  This  is HUD’s highest ranking for a local housing authority.  To be named a High Performer, a housing authority must perform well in all areas including: building maintenance, low vacancy rates, timely expenditure of funds for repairs to the buildings, and careful financial management.  Both of the BHA’s main program areas – Public Housing and Section 8 have been named High Performers.   The High Performer rating is the result of all the BHA staff working as a team to achieve excellence.  Our residents are an important part of our team as well.  By quickly reporting maintenance problems, taking good care of their apartments and common areas, organizing community activities, and looking out for their neighbors, the BHA residents help make our buildings and our community work well.  Congratulations and thank you to one and all.  Let’s be a High Performer again in 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year the Housing Authority submits an Annual Plan to HUD describing our programs and our plans for the year.  The Annual Plan for 2014  was approved by HUD in March, 2014 and is attached HERE

 

 

Congratulations to our Tenant Association President, Jaymmy Colon on the birth of her daughter - Jaylyn Victoria Montes.  Mom and baby are both happy & healthy and we wish them well.

 

 

 

 

BHA says "Thank You" to our resident coordinators.

 

Pictured below are BHA residents Ellie Finn and Eleanor Wendler.  They both currently work part-time for the BHA as “Resident Coordinators” on construction projects.  In this role, they assist with communications between BHA staff, residents, and contractors.  They help distribute flyers, answer questions, ensure that apartments are kept secure, and other tasks.  Eleanor has served in this role on many projects in the past and currently is assisting with the kitchen renovations at 61 Park (O’Shea House).  Ellie is on her first project with the BHA.  She is assisting with the masonry repairs and lead paint remediation at the High Street Veterans and Egmont Street developments.

The BHA thanks both Ellie and Eleanor for their professional, intelligent, and courteous work.  They help make our construction jobs successful..

 

 

                       

                         Ellie Finn                                     Eleanor Wendler

 

 

 

 

 

 

BHA resident named to a Town Commission

 

Congratulations to BHA resident Valencia Sparrow who recently was appointed by the Board of Selectmen to the Town of Brookline’s Human Relations/Youth Resources Commission.  The BHA is proud of Valencia and her appointment to this important Commission.
 

Valencia Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Party at Kickham Apartments

 

 

 

 

The Chorus

 

 

 

The Chorus, members of the Kickham Family and  staff

 

 

 

Residents enjoying the music and holiday spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimony on Public Housing Reform Submitted by BHA

 

 

  The BHA Board of Commissioners submitted written testimony to a public hearing held by the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing on October 1, 2013.  Click on the link to read the testimony. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upgraded Computers at High Street Vets

 

 

 

 The Family Learning Center at 22 High Street has received a donation of five new used computers from the Brookline School Department. Karen King, Manager of the Help Desk, was very generous in arranging for the Learning Center to receive the computers as replacements for our older models. The computers were installed by Mariano Suriel Guerrero, a resident of 22 High, and a student at UMass Dartmouth. Mariano, who was also a summer intern with the Technology Department, upgraded the memory capacity of the machines so they will be all ready to go for the Fall Term.


We are thrilled with these improvements and know that the residents who make use of the Learning Center will be too. We invite you to come down and take a look! All sessions have a teacher available for help, are open to all ages and are free of charge. The schedule is posted on the door (in the basement at 22) and in a display box at the outside rear of the building. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call (617) 566-8795. We’d love to have you join us!


 

 

 

  Lisa Brown

New teacher at the Family Learing Centers

 

 

It is 4:00 pm on a Monday afternoon and the Community Room at High Street Vets is buzzing with students seeking help with their homework. They have come to the right place!  For two afternoons a week, Lisa Brown, an aide at the Lincoln School, runs a Homework Center for two hours after school for students who need extra help getting started on their homework assignments.
Lisa has a special connection to the Brookline Housing Authority and to High Street Vets in particular, having spent her childhood living there. She was anxious to find a way to contribute to the community and decided, on her own, to start a Homework Center on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. The Center is open to residents, free of charge, and has been enormously popular and well-attended since day one.
This term, in addition to keeping the Homework Center up and running, Lisa will be working as a teacher in the Family Learning Center at High Street Vets and at 22 High Street. We are thrilled to have her join our team. Please stop in to say hello and to  welcome her to the Family Learning Centers!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 'New' Piano for Residents

 

 

  A tip of the hat to O’Shea House resident Patricia Timothy, for her unwavering efforts to bring a beautiful baby grand piano to the O’Shea House community room.  Patricia has a passion for music and community involvement.  When she became aware that the O’Shea House’s old community room piano was unusable and beyond repair, she made it her mission to replace it.  She researched and found a piano donor in Scituate, drove down to try it out, and fell in love with it.  She then raised the funds necessary to hire a professional piano mover to bring this fine musical instrument to Brookline.  Great work Patricia!

 

 

piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Robert for the Beautiful Gardens!

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Robert Pierce [resident] for keeping the gardens at 50 Pleasant Street blooming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Next Steps Coordinator

 

Please join us in welcoming the new Next Steps Coordinator, Grace Watson.

gwatson@brooklinehousing.org

 

 

 

Nominees for Volunteer of The Year

 

Congratulations to our residents who were nominated for the Brookline Council on Aging 2013 Volunteer of the Year !

 

 

Agnes Rogers

Vera Sharma

 

For the full article Click HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Woman of The Year Named

 

 

Congratulations to Brookline Housing Authority resident Rita McNally for being honored as Woman of The Year at Annual 'Woman Who Inspire Us' Ceremony on March 18th, presented by the Brookline Commission for Women.

For full article  from the Brookline Patch   click here

For full article from the Brookline Tab / Wicked Local   click here

 

 

 
 

 

 

New Computers for Family Learning Centers

Thanks to a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation we were able to purchase new computers for our Family Learning Centers at the High Street Vets and Trustman Developments. The Learning Centers had been barely getting by with very outdated and poorly functioning computers for a few years, but now, thanks to the generosity of our grantors, the Centers have been equipped with new Macs and PC computers. Please stop by and check us out. All services are free and easy to access. Teachers are available to help the beginner computer user to get started and the more advanced to continue to learn. We're ready for you!

 

High Street Vets Family Learning Center

Trustman Learning Center

 

 

 

BHA Resident sworn in as Brookline Police Officer

 

 

Officer Zerai-Misgun

 

 

Congratulations to Estifanos Zerai-Misgun, age 23, for being sworn in as a Brookline Patrolman on November 20.  Mr. Zerai-Misgun is a graduate of BHA’s Steps to Success program as well as Brookline High School and is currently attending U Mass Boston. 

 

 “Growing up in Brookline has provided me with resources I would not find anywhere else and a quality of life that is second to none.”

 

 

Jaymmy Colon Elected Town-Wide Resident Association President

On October 17, 2012, Jaymmy Colon was elected to succeed Agnes Rogers as Brookline Housing Authority Town-Wide Resident Association President. After tirelessly representing the interests of BHA residents for part of six decades, Ms. Rogers felt that it was time to step down and to welcome new leadership.

 

Ms. Colon and her family have lived at the Walnut Street Apartments for many years, and she has been a positive force in issues affecting her resident community. Over the next few months, Ms. Colon is planning to hold meetings at each of the BHA developments to introduce herself and to listen to residents' ideas and concerns. Ms. Colon invites all residents to participate in the Resident Association.

 

We thank Ms. Rogers for her years of dedicated service and we welcome Ms. Colon.

 

Change of Leadership in the Town Wide Tenant Association:
Newly elected President of the Tenant Association Jaymmy Colon with outgoing
President Agnes Rogers at the BHA November Commissioners Meeting.
Congratulations to both!

 

 The Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) has selected Patrick Dober as the Authority’s Executive Director

 

 

Dober replaces Brian Cloonan who has retired after 22 years as Executive Director of the BHA.   The Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved Dober’s selection at their monthly meeting on September 13.   Dober previously worked as a Deputy Director at the Cambridge Housing Authority.  He commenced work at the BHA on November 1.

 

The Commissioners conducted an extensive, six-month search for the new Director that attracted many candidates from across Massachusetts and out-of-state.  “Patrick really stood-out among the candidates as someone with the energy, creativity, skills and experience to lead the BHA in the challenging years ahead.  Patrick has a great reputation in the field of affordable housing.  We are extremely pleased that he has joined the BHA,” David Trietsch, the Chairman of the BHA Commissioners said.   “The combination of reduced funding for housing authorities and the significant capital needs of our older buildings means that raising funds to renovate our buildings will be a high priority.  Patrick comes to us with a strong track record of securing funding for affordable housing,” Trietsch said.

 

Before working in Cambridge, Dober worked for 12 years at private firms that provided funding for affordable housing developments.  Among other positions, he also worked for Congressman Barney Frank on housing and banking issues.   He lives in Newton and previously served as a Commissioner of the Newton Housing Authority.

 

 “I am thrilled to join the Housing Authority. After one week on the job I already have learned that the staff is talented and hard working.  I look forward to continuing the BHA’s outstanding service to our residents and the entire Brookline community,” Dober said.

 

Dober replaces Brian Cloonan, who led the BHA through more than twenty years.   “Brian leaves a legacy that will last for a long, long time,” said BHA Commissioner and resident Barbara Dugan.  “He dedicated his life to the well-being of the residents.   We all love him and will miss him greatly.” 

 

The BHA owns and operates 922 units of housing and administers 619 Sec. 8 vouchers.   The Authority also is a partner in several social programs serving BHA residents including Steps to Success, an academic support program serving students in grades 4-12.

 

The BHA received many awards and accolades during Cloonan’s tenure.   Among others, the Steps to Success program received a National Award of Merit in 2002 from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.