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Chelsea Housing Authority Mission Statement

The mission of the Chelsea Housing Authority is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing and to establish programs that educate, enhance and empower the lives of all residents in the community we serve. The Chelsea Housing Authority is committed to both maintain the full viability of our current housing portfolio while seeking to explore and develop affordable housing opportunities for our diverse population. The CHA strives to manages its resources efficiently and to promote the personal, economic and social upward mobility necessary to provide families the opportunity to make the transition from subsidized to non-subsidized housing.

Chelsea Housing Authority Goals and Objectives

Despite limited resources, increased demand and aging housing developments dating back to the 1950s, the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) is committed to providing a full range of safe, secure, suitable and appropriate affordable housing options to extremely-low, very-low, and low-income family, elderly, and disabled households in a fair manner. We are committed to redeveloping our 914 units in our eight developments through public-private partnerships, tax-credit incentives, and the use of federal, state and private fund resources.

As housing professionals, we no longer just house our residents. Today it is imperative that we also provide supportive services to our family, elderly and disabled households. To provide these vital wide-ranging services, the CHA has collaborated with the city of Chelsea, community organizations, private businesses and financial institutions along with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the state office of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Examples are the partnership to maintain safe housing through our Resident Officers Program with the Chelsea Police Department and our work with the Chelsea Senior Center to provide a Brown Bag program that provides a month’s worth of healthy groceries at no charge to our seniors. Our partnership with the city of Chelsea and T-Mobile helps to close the “digital divide” for our young people in public housing who can’t afford internet access, while our partnership with the MASS Union of Public Housing Tenants and the Chelsea Collaborative helps train our resident councils to become empowered and engaged in housing-related issues.

Our dedicated staff and Board of Commissioners are committed to running a fiscally sound agency, improving the quality of our “brick and mortar,” workforce development of our adults and youth, encouraging family self-sufficiency and providing supportive services with our partners so that our residents grow and age in place.