To provide affordable housing options in the southern Berkshires, Construct has over 90 properties in the towns of Lee, Great Barrington and Stockbridge.
These properties are specifically intended for individuals and families who find themselves in crisis—those who are homeless or transitioning from homelessness, and/or those living with low to moderate incomes who find themselves unable to afford rent or mortgages. The properties vary to meet the needs of our neighbors.
Some offer temporary shelter. Some are specifically for sober living men and women. Some are built to be handicap accessible. Some are reserved for the homeless or those transitioning out of homelessness. Others are for families. Some have access to outdoor space, gardens, hiking trails and playgrounds. Our affordable housing properties are all owned, managed, or sponsored by Construct. 45% of the units are set aside to house the homeless. Currently there are over 800 households on Construct’s waiting list for affordable housing.
Becket House — This property was Construct’s first receivership of an abandoned or derelict building. A successful process, Construct took over and managed the property’s rehabilitation and eventual transition to affordable housing.
Prospect Street Duplexes — These 4 duplex units are subsidized by the USDA for families living below 60% AMI.
Here, we are administering a fair housing marketing plan and the purchase of 4 homes to be deeded affordable in perpetuity. We are also exploring further affordable housing developments in the area.
140 East Street Apartments — 9 one-bedroom units with HOME subsidized set asides for households at 30, 50, & 60% of AMI. One unit is also set aside for an individual with a disability.
Forest Springs (316 State Road) — This property, for individuals and families living at 30-60% of AMI, offers 11 one-to-three bedroom units. Some have been set aside for households coming out of homelessness and some are specifically reserved for people living with developmental and mental health disabilities.
Housatonic Housing — This property, owned by Great Barrington Affordable Housing Trust, is soon to be developed for affordable home ownership in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Jordan (257 & 259 State Road) & Genesis (314 State Road) Houses — These two properties offer 10 rooms, plus one apartment, for safe, sober living. Although these units are a step up from transitional housing, no project-based subsidies exist for these properties so individuals can apply Section 8 vouchers.
41 Mahaiwe Street — This building, once the home of Hevreh of the South Berkshires, now provides Construct’s office space and transitional housing for the homeless. Currently, there are five transitional rooms for men and five for women. (The waiting list is 80 names long.)
24 Pleasant Street Apartments — A duplex prioritized for families transitioning out of homelessness.
Transitional Housing — 10 bedroom sober-living residence for youth, men and women coming out of homelessness.
Cassilis — In Process: A Gilded Age, 11,000 sq ft mansion on 20 acres will be converted into 11 units of affordable housing, with two separate houses repurposed into workforce housing.
Pinewoods complex in Stockbridge — This complex in Stockbridge offers a combination of twenty-five affordable housing units and five more at market rate.