Updates, Wednesday November 25th, 2020
A month from today is Christmas. How’s your shopping going? Lots of stuff to find here in Town if you’re interested in shopping locally, avoiding the crowd and other people…
Just when I think that it might be OK to sign off for the week something pops up. Of course, right? Immediately after the last posting this appeared in my inbox and it looked like something folks might want to know about and share out there with friends and neighbors who might be really interested in this bit of news. It’s good news as well!
The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust (AHT) and Berkshire Housing Development Corporation (BHDC) have been playing together to provide rental assistance to our neighbors in need for a while now. They’ve combined to distribute emergency rental assistance for eligible Williamstown residents who have suffered financial setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you were at Town Meeting back in August..oh, it was warm then, and there were green leaves on all the trees…anyway, you may remember that we voted funds for this committee to be helpful like this.
So, here are the critical details;
Oh. There is an application process. We all know that everything requires paperwork right?
Eligibility can be broken into three simple notes;
1/ Applicants are people who are Williamstown residents and who are renters in Town
2/ Applicants are people whose income is at or below 100% of Area Median Income
3/ Applicants are people who’ve been adversely affected by the Coronavirus..
Let’s translate AMI ; Our Area Median Income (100% AMI) is based on government figures and household size so, for a household of 1 individual, a single person, AMI is, $55,230;
For a household of 2, a couple, AMI is $63,120
And so on down the line; a household of 3 is $71,010
A household of 4 is, $78,900
Five people would be $85,212
Six would be $91,524, 7 is $97,836 and 8 would be $104,148.
Nope, no clue what happens after eight…
Essentially, if your personal or household income is greater than the figures above, you’re out of luck and not eligible. Households whose income is less than 80% AMI according to household size above would be prioritized. If your household income is between 80 and 100% of area median income are welcome to apply but won’t be priority cases.
Emergency grants of up to $10,000 are available for distribution to eligible applicants. Applications are to be found on the Berkshire Housing website. Emergency grants up to $10,000 will be distributed to qualified applicants. Online applications are available at the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation website. The link is here ;https://berkhousing.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/HCEC-Intake-Assessment-All-Forms-fillable.pdf
You can also call Berkshire Housing BHDC at 413-499-1630 Ext. 100 to leave a message.
Actual paper applications are available at the Williamstown Food Pantry at 53 Southworth Street and at the Williamstown Post Office on Spring Street.
One more thing, if you’re interested, please apply soon!
For more information: Please contact Liz Costley at 413-884-5383 or email@example.com
Thanksgiving is the first official U.S holiday. George Washington proclaimed the first official Thanksgiving Day as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” following a request of both houses of the US Congress.Can you imagine this happening at the current moment….? At the time, there was a lot to be thankful for, new country, young democracy united citizenry.. Washington’s proclamation was made on October 3, 1789 and declared November 26, 1789 as Thanksgiving Day .Give everyone time to get out there and hunt down a Turkey. Oops. Sorry. I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat Turkey. Anyway Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be the last Thursday in November sometime during a period of serious civil strife and division.. Then in 1941, Roosevelt made it a national holiday, and set the date for Thanksgiving Day as the fourth Thursday in November where it resides today.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!