HAP Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program Accepting Applications

HAP Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program has opened its waiting list. 

All applications accepted until 4:00pm November 3, 2014

MVRP mobile vouchers provide rental assistance to low income families, individuals and elderly persons who leased privately own apartments.

Under MRVP, a fixed amount of rental assistance is paid, based on the participating family's income, household size and geography. The participant pays the difference between the value of the voucher and the actual rent charged by the landlord. The tenant cannot pay more than 40% of their income for rent. HAP administers a total of about 672 MRVP vouchers throughout Hampden and Hampshire Counties.

For more information or to apply online visit http://www.haphousing.org/default/index.cfm/renters/rental-assistance-programs/




Every year Stavros sends a survey to consumers asking for nominations for local places that really go the extra mile for people with disabilities.  A dedicated group of staff and volunteers review the nominations and conduct site visits. Although we know no place is perfect these are the places we found to have done wonderful things for access.

The winners are:

Bread Euphoria (206 Main Street, Haydenville)

Fort River Birding and Nature Trail (Moody Bridge Road, Hadley)

Greenfield Country Club (244 Country Club Road, West Greenfield)

 HealthTrax Fitness and Wellness Center (155 Ashley Avenue, West Springfield)

Second Congregational Church (16 Court Square, Greenfield)

 Southwick Town Beach (14 Beach Road, Southwick)

Swimming Pool at the Pine Knoll Recreation Area (1974 Allen Street, East Longmeadow)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (34 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke)

Summit House (195 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley)

Turners Falls Senior Center (62 Fifth Street, Turners Falls)

 Wildwood Barbeque (235 Russell Street, Hadley)

Michaelann Bewsee

Maureen Charleroy (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Greenfield)

 Dakin Humane Society (Springfield) –

 Susan Gregory (Salvatore’s Restaurant, Springfield)

Jacqueline Williams-Hines (Springfield)  Founder of No Small Victories– http://nsvonline.com/

 Kristin Kelly (Northampton) –

John Meiklejohn, MSW (Westfield) –

Benjamin J. Schalet, MD (Springfield) –

Robert Sidorsky, DVM (Shelburne Falls)

Professor Frank Sup (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Ken White (Holyoke Community College

Darby O'Brien- Friends of Stavros Award

Ani Rivera- Home Sweet Home Hero Award

Jaclyn Gauger- Paul Batch, Jr. Award


For a complete listing and descriptions of all Access Award Winners please click here.

Congratulations to the 2014 Access Award Winners!!