Reading Housing Authority

Offices Closed Friday May 25th and Monday May 28th (Memorial Day)

Improving the quality of life for families, those with disabilities and the elderly of low income

Welcome to Reading Housing Authority

Our Mission is simple - Provide housing opportunities that create a better everyday life in our community. The Reading Housing Authority (RHA) has made this vision possible since 1963, effectively addressing the needs of low and moderate income residents by providing decent, safe, sanitary and affordable homes to live in. Going beyond "bricks and mortar" we strive to provide our residents with local, state and federal resources available to improve their quality of life.

The RHA has a fiduciary responsibility to conduct business at all times with the high standards of ethics, management and accountability to maintain the trust of the public; and, to work collaboratively with public and private entities to leverage resources to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities in Reading and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Julie Johnston
E
xecutive Director

Announcements

Board Meetings:

Unless otherwise announced, Reading Housing Authority Board Meetings are held the first Monday of the Month. Meetings start at 5:30 pm and are held at the Main Offices at 22 Frank D Tanner Drive, Reading, MA.
Click here to view past Meeting Minutes.

Scheduled Board Meeting Dates
June 4th meeting rescheduled to June 11th, 2018 (Monday)

Notice to Residents - Board of Commissioners Opening:

The Reading Housing operates with a five-member Board of Commissioners to oversee the governing process of the agency.  As of March 1, 2018, the Board has an opening for a Resident Member to sit on the Board.  An eligible resident is one who is directly assisted by the housing authority and is over the age of eighteen. They must remain as a current participant in a program operated by the RHA throughout their term.  All members of the RHA Board are involved in agency planning and operations. Board members are not involved in the day to day operations of the agency.

Board meetings are presently held on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room located at 22 Frank D. Tanner Drive.  If a resident is interested in seeking an appointment to fill the position that will be left open, please contact Julie M. Johnston, Executive Director for further information.

"What Home Means To Me" Regional Poster Contest for Children:

As part of its 2018 Housing America campaign, NAHRO once again held a poster contest for children (ages 5-17) associated with affordable housing and com­munity development programs owned or administered by National NAHRO member agencies. Posters reflected the national theme of “What Home Means to Me.”

Click here for more information from the New England Regional Chapter (NERC) NAHRO.

Reporting Elder Abuse:

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs has centralized the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (elder abuse hotline) to a single phone number. The 24/7 single phone number will simplify the process for elder abuse reporting.

To report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at:  1-800-922-2275

Job Postings:

No job postings at this time.

Modernization Projects, Bids, RFP's:

RHA has a project going out to bid:
Project# 824867 DHCD#246056 Shutter Replacements 667-1/ 667-2
Interested bidders can view the complete project information and specifications at www.projectdog.com.

Identity Theft and Equifax:

Nothing is safe. just recently, Equifax said 'oops we've been hacked.' Equifax is one of three major US credit reporting companies, responsible for things like calculating your credit score. Earlier this year, hackers broke into Equifax's data through a website "vulnerability." And stole the personal info of around 143 million people - almost half of the US population. They got their hands on Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even some driver's license and credit card numbers. Those two Yahoo breaches that came out last year are still the biggest ever. But this one has everyone on edge because of all the personal info that could be exposed. Experts say the hackers could sell this data to shady people, which could put consumers' identities at risk. Equifax says it's called in law enforcement and a cybersecurity firm to look into this. In the meantime, the company has set up a website to check if you're on of the millions impacted: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

You can also enroll in complementary identity theft protection and credit monitoring on the same site, regardless of whether your info is determined to be at risk or not.

Lead Safe Housing Rule:

The following training video was produced by the Housing & Urban Development (HUD)on the new Lead Safe Housing Rule. This video was produced to assist in educating stakeholders on the requirements of the new rule and why it is important.

Avoiding Housing Scams:

The following video was created by the Affordable Housing Online and HAI Group to help those identify and avoid Section 8 and Affordable Housing scams.

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