Berkshire Housing Development Corporation
Berkshire Housing Development Corporation (BHDC) was established in 1971 as a non profit corporation by a group of community and business leaders who believed that an adequate supply of housing for all income groups was essential to the economic well being of the County.
BHDC is one of the nine regional non-profit housing agencies in Massachusetts.
Since its founding, the organization has developed into a critical housing and community development resource for Berkshire County having produced more than 2,000 new and rehabilitated housing units in Berkshire County and having carried out a broad array of community and economic development projects.
Affordable Housing developed by Berkshire Housing includes elderly and family rental housing, single family homeownership, condominiums, and a variety of special needs and supportive housing.
In 1983, Berkshire Housing began providing community development consulting services to small towns in Berkshire County and over the years has secured more than $18 million in grants from the Small Cities and USDA Rural Development programs. It has administered these programs for the towns and served as project manager for the many community development activities they funded. These activities have included the revitalization of many town centers in Berkshire County with new sidewalks, curbs, and lighting, the construction of new sewer systems in Otis and in a mobile home park in Lanesborough, the installation new water lines and roads, constructing 2 senior centers, ADA handicapped accessibility improvements in town halls and schools and the operation of housing rehabilitation programs through which more than 1100 housing units in 26 towns have been upgraded.