Main Office Number: 781-894-3357
TDD Phone Number: 781-894-3357
Maintenance/Emergency: 781-899-6363

Regular Business Hours:
Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am to noon

 

Welcome to Waltham Housing Authority!

Not sure where to start?  Select from the following if you are an applicant just getting started with the housing search and assistance programs, an existing resident or tenant, a landlord considering participation in the Section 8 program or a contractor interested in projects that may be up for bid.

Mission Statement

The Waltham Housing Authority provides low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities the opportunity to live in safe, decent, affordable and accessible housing. The WHA works in partnership with the City of Waltham, the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development, HUD and local community organizations to support and promote the health, welfare and economic independence of WHA residents and to sustain a diverse and productive population in the Waltham Community.

SMOKING OF ANY KIND IS PROHIBITED AT ALL WHA BUILDINGS AND WITH IN 25’ OF ANY BUILDING ON OUR GROUNDS.

John F. Gollinger
Executive Director

Announcements

Waltham Housing Authority

110 POND STREET
WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS 02451-4505
TEL: (781) 894-3357; TDD: (781) 894-3357; FAX: (781) 894-7595

March 24, 2020

TO : THE RESIDENTS OF THE WALTHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH, 24, 2020 THE STAFF OF THE WALTHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL BE WORKING REMOTELY AND WILL NOT BE IN THE OFFICE AT 110 POND STREET UNTIL APRIL 7, 2020. THIS END DATE MAYBE SOONER OR LATER DEPENDING UPON GOVERNMENTAL GUIDANCE.  WE WILL PROVIDE NOTIFICATION AT THAT TIME.

WE HAVE ANSWERING SERVICE COVERAGE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES ON 781-894-3357 AND YOU MAY LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH THEM IF IT IS AN URGENT ISSUE. YOU MAY ALSO E-MAIL STAFF. PLEASE REFER TO OUR WEBSITE FOR E-MAIL ADDRESSES (walhouse.org)

WE HAVE THE USUAL ANSWERING SERVICE COVERAGE FOR OUR MAINTENANCE STAFF AT 781-899-6363 AND THEY WILL RESPOND TO MAINTENANCE EMERGENCIES ONLY DURING THIS PERIOD. YOU MAY ALSO E-MAIL OUR MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR AT-  somer@walhouse.org OR THE MAINTENANCE FOREMAN AT bhaggerty@walhouse.org.

WE WILL NOT BE RESPONDING TO NON-EMERGENCY CALLS OR E-MAILS DURING THIS PERIOD.

WE HAVE MAINTENANCE STAFF CLEANING AND DISINFECTING VARIOUS SITES AND CRITICAL AREAS DURING THIS PERIOD AND ATTENDING TO TRASH PICK UP. COMMUNITY ROOMS CHAIRS AND TABLES WILL BE STORED TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GATHERING IN GROUPS. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING IN OUR BUILDINGS BOTH FROM ONE ANOTHER AND OUR EMPLOYEES OR CONTRACTORS WHO MAY BE WORKING ON THE PROPERTY. 

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE (walhouse.org) FOR FURTHER UPDATES AS NECESSARY AND THE MASS.GOV HOTLINE AT https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 FOR INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS.

STAY SAFE AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON UNDER MORE PLEASANT CIRCUMSTANCES.

       JOHN F. GOLLINGER
       EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
         WALTHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY
       jgoll@walhouse.org

WALTHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Waltham Housing Authority
110 POND STREET
WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS 02451-4505

KELLY DURKEE ERWIN                    TEL:   (781) 894-3357
SCOTT HOVSEPIAN                             FAX: (781) 894-7595  
ROBERT LEBLANC                              Tax Exempt # 046-004-31 

PATRICIA MCGRATH (Chairperson)
John Gollinger   Executive Director     

March 17, 2020

WALTHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

We have physically closed the office , but are open for business. Residents and applicants can communicate with us via phone, mail or e-mail. We have reduced staff or working at home each day and the remainder in the office. We are placing notifications in various developments and at our front door. We are in the process of updating the website. We have live operators answering maintenance and admin phones for all business hours. We have rent deposit boxes at the front of our office and in some of our larger buildings. The only application list that cannot be accessed remotely is our federal elderly/disabled list. We have forms for all programs available outside our front door and of course links to them on our website. Completed applications can be dropped off in our box in front of our office. 

Maintenance is limited to emergencies only and then the residents must isolate in another room or outside their residence while emergency maintenance is performed. They can still call in routine work orders but they will not be attended to until the Governor gives the all clear from the isolation requirements. We are still doing trash removal and exterior maintenance weather permitting. Inspections are suspended.

CORONA VIRUS CONCERN / PREOCUPACION POR CORONAVIRUS

CORONA VIRUS CONCERN
RENT / MAIL
FOR THE SAFETY AND HEALTH CONCERNS OF WHA RESIDENTS AND STAFF, 
THERE ARE BLACK RENT BOXES AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
48 PINE STREET
101 PROSPECT STREET
110 POND STREET
PLEASE UTILIZE THESE BOXES FOR RENT CHECKS AND ANY OTHER CORRESPONDENCE. 
OR, IF YOU PREFER, PLEASE USE THE U. S MAIL.

PREOCUPACION POR CORONAVIRUS
POR LA PREOCUPACION DE SEGURIDAD Y SALUD DE WALTHAM HOUSING RESIDENTES Y TRABAJADORES,
 HAY BUZONES NEGROS DE ALQUILER EN LAS SIGUENTES UBICACIONES:
48 PINE STREET
101 PROSPECT STREET
110 POND STREET
POR FAVOR UTILICE ESTAS CAJAS PARA CHEQUES DE ALQUILER Y CUALQUIER OTRA CORRESPONDENCIA. O, 
SI LO PREFIERE, USE EL CORREO.

Board Meeting:
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, 4:30 pm @ Community Room, 110 Pond Street.
Future Scheduled Meetings:  October 8th, November 12th, December 10th
Click here to view Minutes from past Board Meetings.

Lockout Charge:
To all WHA residents, the lockout charge after-hours, weekends and holidays has been increased to $ 85.00 per occurrence.

The Leland Home Senior Housing Voucher Lottery Announcement (May 2019):
Application and Lottery Dates have been changed.  Up to 5 Leland Home Senior Living Affordable Housing Vouchers will be available for qualified applicants.  The Voucher Program is funded by the City of Waltham Community Preservation funds and administered by the Leland Home.  Applications may be abtained at The Leland Home or downloaded at www.lelandehome.org by mail, or call 781-701-8000 or downloaded at the Waltham Housing Authority website (see link below).
Application Deadline is May 24, 2019.  Lottery Date is May 31, 2019.
Click here for more information.

Congresswoman Visits the Waltham Housing Authority:
2017_Congresswoman_Visit.jpgMay 5th, 2017 - Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) visited the Waltham Housing Authority to meet with Executive Director John Gollinger and tour federally subsidized housing units. Clark and Gollinger were also joined by Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, State Representatives Tom Stanley and John Lawn, and Waltham Housing Authority Assistant Executive Director Mark Johnson for a discussion on the agency’s efforts to help Waltham residents access affordable housing, as well as the potential implications of proposed budget cuts.

Pictured, left to right: State Representative Tom Stanley, Waltham Housing Authority Assistant Executive Director Mark Johnson, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Waltham Housing Authority Executive Director John Gollinger, Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy, and State Representative John Lawn.

Advertisements for Bids:
The Waltham Housing Authority lists upcoming Projects, Bids and RFP's online.
Click here to view the Bids page including instructions on how to search and view Projects (Bids).

Advertisement - Boiler Vending Improvements (Note Deadline Date Change in Addendum Below)
The Waltham Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Contractors for the Boiler Venting Improvements at Arthur J. Clark Apartments, 48 Pine Street, Waltham, MA, in accordance with the documents prepared by MacRitchie Engineering.  The Project consists of: The removal and replacement of existing boiler combustion intake and exhaust piping in a new configuration. Additional items include Installation of a new exhaust fan, motorized damper and associated thermostat control.
General Bids will be received until 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 and publicly opened online, forthwith (original deadline).
Click here for more information.
Bidders are herby informed that the Contract Documents (Plans & Specifications) for the project aforementioned in the subject line above, have been modified, corrected and/or supplemented by this addendum (below) which shall become a part of the complete Contract Document set prepared by MacRitchie Engineering Inc. And as such, all bidders should acknowledge it in Paragraph B on the form for General Bid. Failure to do so could result in the rejection of your bid.
General Bids will be received until 2:00 PM on Friday, September 13th, 2019 and publicly opened online, forthwith.
Click here to view Addendum.

September 2019:  Fence Removal and Install at 46/48 Dale St.
The project has been awarded to Northland Fence Company, 129 Morgan Drive, Norwood, MA 02062 for $20,700.

Job Openings and Postings:
The Waltham Housing Authority will list job postings on the website.

Position Announcement
Executive Director
Brookline Housing Authority
Posted 3/30/2020

Brookline Housing Authority, a progressive housing authority exploring new and creative ways to preserve and create affordable housing, is seeking a highly qualified entrepreneurial Executive Director.  This is a desirable opportunity for a highly motivated person with strong skills and experience to lead a well-established, dynamic organization in an exciting community neighboring Boston, MA.  

The Organization and its Programs
In its recent Strategic Plan, the BHA identified redevelopment of its properties as its top priority.  The first redevelopment is under way and another will start construction this year.  Properties are being converted from public housing to Tax Credit/Sec. 8 housing under HUD's RAD program.  The change in subsidy programs requires extensive retraining of existing staff as well as hiring new staff.  Over the past two years, the Authority created the new positions of Director of Redevelopment and Director of Asset Management.  It also retained the affordable housing firm Beacon Communities to provide staff training and consulting on Tax Credit compliance. 

In collaboration with partner organizations, the BHA provides an unprecedented array of self-sufficiency-based service programs for its residents.  The numbers of programs and residents served more than doubled over the past five years.  Programs include ESL and computer literacy classes; career development; mental health counseling; on-site food pantries; free tax preparation; hot meals, exercise classes, and service coordination for seniors; and a transitional housing program for formerly homeless.

The BHA was created under state law in 1948 as an independent public agency.  It is a high-performing, well-capitalized, mid-size Public Housing Authority.  Nearly half of affordable housing in Brookline is owned by the BHA.  Residents of the BHA account for a large proportion of the diversity in the Town's population.  The Authority operates state and federal Public Housing and Tax Credit properties that serve families, seniors, and people with disabilities totaling 950+ apartments at twelve locations.  The annual operating budget exceeds $20 million.  The BHA also administers more than 1,000 Section 8 vouchers.  The Town of Brookline generously supports the BHA with CDBG funds, a favorable PILOT tax agreement, and capital funds for redevelopment.

A five-member Board of Commissioners oversees the BHA and approves contracts, budgets, submissions to regulatory agencies, and policy decisions.  Four Commissioners are elected by Town voters and the fifth is appointed by the Governor.  One Commissioner is a BHA resident.  The Commissioners all are community leaders and are knowledgeable about affordable housing.  

Key Executive Director Responsibilities
The ED reports to the Board and works closely with the Board Chair.  There are 35 staff members in eight BHA departments - Finance, Property Management, Sec. 8, Admissions, Modernization, Maintenance, Resident Services, and Redevelopment.  All department heads have more than ten years' experience in their field and report directly to the ED.  Responsibilities include:

 * Leadership and External Relations: Together with the Board, articulate the BHA's mission.  Periodically renew the strategic plan.  Maintain and increase financial resources from a range of sources.  Create and sustain partnerships with other organizations.  Respond to and take advantage of changes in applicable laws and regulations.  Represent the BHA with funders, regulators, and community groups.  Guide the redevelopment strategy with a focus on generating capital and additional housing units from the existing properties and land values.  Recruit and develop talented senior staff.  Negotiate union contract renewals and maintain positive relations with the BHA's two unions.  

* Internal Management: Establish measurable goals for the organization and for each department based on the strategic plan, and report progress to the Board and other stakeholders.  Oversee, evaluate, support, and hold accountable the senior staff.  Maintain up-to-date personnel policies.  Achieve a high level of compliance with applicable regulations including procurement of goods and services per state regulations.  Focus on excellence in the core areas of vacancy turnover, rapid completion of work orders, and timely, accurate resident income certifications.  Oversee key service providers including attorneys and accountants.  

* Financial Oversight: Steward and increase financial reserves in order to support the BHA's mission.  Prepare and monitor operating budgets with attention to generating positive cash flow.  Oversee redevelopment capital budgets with attention to earning full developer fees.  Emphasize control of costs at all levels.  Ensure thorough execution of fiscal policies with transparency and integrity.  Deliver clean annual financial audits.  

* Organizational Change: Strengthen the BHA's capacity to succeed as an owner of Tax Credit and Sec. 8 properties and effectively manage the entailed risks and opportunities.  Promote staff leadership and development.  Arrange regular staff trainings and perpetuate the culture of ongoing learning.  Fill key staff positions on retirement of incumbents with high capacity performers.  Leverage technologies such as electronic document management to make work processes more efficient.  Enlist allies and supporters of the BHA from the Town of Brookline's resourceful residents.  Identify new sources of revenue such as leasing the BHA's rooftops to telecommunications firms. 

Key Experience
* In-depth transactional experience in affordable housing, particularly with the Tax Credit and Sec. 8 programs.
with public housing and the federal RAD program for preserving public housing.
* Real estate development knowledge and experience.
* Proven success in managing and leading medium to large organizations in similar fields.

Desired Skills and Characteristics
* Commitment to maintaining strong resident services and fostering resident engagement.
* Strong capability in financial management, quantitative analysis, and Excel.  
* Knowledgeable in other relevant areas including property management/maintenance, resident services, risk management, human resources, legal procedures, and overseeing consultants, attorneys, and accountants.
* Ability to motivate, evaluate, and coordinate a broad range of staff members.
* Experience collaborating with a board of commissioners or directors.
* Ability to navigate strategic relationships with multiple external partners.
* Strong team orientation and evidence of collaborative work style with great respect for diversity.
* Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
* Bachelor's Degree in business administration, public administration, or related field and minimum of ten years of executive management experience of organizations/programs with annual budgets in excess of $5 million.  
Master's Degree preferred.  Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

How to Apply
To apply in confidence, please submit cover letter and resume to Susan Barry, Egmont Associates, sbarry@egmontassociates.com.  
The Brookline Housing Authority offers a competitive benefits package including state Group Insurance Commission health insurance and a defined-benefit, public sector pension plan.  The Brookline Housing Authority is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Females, LGBTQ individuals, minorities, veterans, Section 3 qualifying individuals, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deputy Director, Division of Rental Assistance / Program Manager VII
Department of Housing & Community Development, Boston, MA
Posted 1/13/2020

The Deputy Director of Rental Assistance, (hereinafter known as “the Deputy Director”) assists the Director in the administration of Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD's) 30,000 unit federal and state rental assistance portfolio, the federal Moving to Work (MTW) program and its associated initiatives and the nine Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCEC) which support these programs.  These rental assistance programs play a significant role in meeting several key aspects of DHCD’s mission including: providing decent and affordable housing for the Commonwealth’s poorest residents; increasing income and assets for this population; funding workforce development and economic mobility programs, providing funding for affordable housing development, reducing and preventing homelessness; and, providing housing-related information and referrals for all housing consumers in MA.  These programs are managed by nine agencies and 125 local housing authorities (LHAs) throughout the state.
Click here for more information.

Website Use:
The Waltham Housing Authority website has been created and maintained to better serve our community including Applicants, Tenants, Landlords and Contractors.  If there is any information of value that you feel could be added to the website, please let us know.