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The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust, in collaboration with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, is pleased to announce a funding program for minor home improvements for income-qualified Williamstown residents.

The Brush with Kindness Program pairs Habitat for Humanity volunteers with those needing minor home repairs (painting, light carpentry, access ramp). The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust provides funding to pay for the building materials needed for the project (wood, paint, hardware). Grants range up to $2500 per project.

To apply for a Brush with Kindness Grant or receive more information, please contact Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at 413-664-4440 or email NBHabitat@msn.com with any questions.

To volunteer to help work on the Brush with Kindness Program or other Habitat for Humanity projects, call the NB Habitat Office: 413-664-4440 or email NBHabitat@msn.com

The purpose of the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust shall be to provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in the Town of Williamstown for the benefit of low- and moderate-income households.

For more information on the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust, please contact Town Hall: 413-458-3500.

Annual run/bike race to benefit Northern Berkshire Habitat

ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday, July 28th, for the Pedal and Plod Race.


Registration for this event is now open at: https://berkshirerunningcenter.com/northern-berkshire-habitat-for-humanity-pedal-and-plod/


Questions?: Call 413-562-2308


The event returns for 36th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.
"We hope to attract more participants," organizer Brad Schueckler said. "This is an important fund-raiser for Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, and we love the way the communities that we serve have come out to participate in this event year after year."
Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal 22 miles through Adams and Cheshire along Routes 8 and 116 (riding two 11 mile loops).
"Our race is a unique and challenging one ... Participants range from 12-year-olds to folks in their 80s," he said. "It is important to us to maintain and engage others to share in those activities. The Pedal and Plod attracts participants from many different areas of the country as well as our local athletes."
Online registration will be available, but same-day registration is also available: $55 Iron Person, $65 two-person team.

Pre-registration fees are $50 Iron Person, $60 two-person team.


Registration and bib pickup for registered attendees is Sunday morning at the Elks Club on Center Street beginning at 7 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.


Categories are ages 18 and younger; 19-30; 31-40, 41-50; 51-60; 61-70, and Masters for those age 70 and older.
Prizes will be awarded for Overall Team Finishers, Overall Iron Man, Overall Iron Woman, and top three finishers in each category, determined by youngest member of a team.
Schueckler urged people to compete or just come to cheer on the athletes.
"We want people to participate or just celebrate the participants and enjoy the day in our town," he said. 

The annual Christmas Tree Showcase was held this year on Saturday, December 1 at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown. 

Our goal was to raise funds as well as to educate the community about Habitat for Humanity and to give back to the community during the holiday season by offering a wonderful display of trees for all to enjoy.

The Showcase is part of the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk. Members of the community, schools, churches, local businesses and community organizations are invited to purchase miniature artificial trees for $7 each and to decorate them for the showcase and raffle.

We would like to thank the many, many individuals, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and youth organizations who purchase and decorate trees for us every year. We thank our sellers of trees: Alton & Westall, Goodman's Jewelers, Mt. Williams Greenhouses, St. John's Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church in Williamstown and DeLego Jewelry Store, and Moulton's Spectacle Shop in North Adams. We also thank Aladco Linens for their yearly donation of tablecloths for the showcase, Williams College Dining Services for providing cookies and cider, and the First Congregational Church for hosting the event. We greatly appreciate your support and generosity of time and money.

Thanks to all 2018 Christmas Tree Donors, including those who donated anonymously.
Miles Primmer, Arlo & Lily Green Ramunto's North Adams
The Log By Ramunto's Willinet
Greylock Credit Union Williamstown Youth Center After School (2 trees)
Williamstown Youth Center Family Art Tunnel City Coffee
MassMoCA, Rebecca Tatro Wild Oats Market
rk Miles Sweetwood
Richmond Grille Mark Pullano DMD
Harsch Associate Real Estate (2 trees) Cheshire United Methodist Church
Williamstown Community Chest Williamstown Rural Lands
Debra-Jean Trottier Center for Learning in Action, Williams College (3 trees)
Jenna St. Pierre Sam & Julian Bullett
Tourists Purple Valley Auto
Ava & Carter Neathawk Paula Consolini
Karen Lartin DDS TD Bank
Williamstown Town Hall, Deb Turnbull Williamstown Town Hall, Rachel Vadnais
Westall Architects Adams Community Bank (4 trees)
Carrie Waara & Sarah Wong North Adams Public Schools (7 trees)
Catlin Lopez Purple Dragon Games
Williamstown Physical Therapy Jack's Hot Dog Stand
CT Management Group (2 trees) Mikyra Burnell
Mount Williams Greenhouse Scarafoni Management, Alicia Schneider
George & Sue Galli Moresi Associates
Nature's Closet Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Adriana Brown Joanne Hurlbut
Katie Darkis, Red Barn Waters Karen's Quilting Corner
Cottage III Holiday Inn Berkshire
Images Cinema Blackington Manor
M & M Goodman Jewelers
Jody Green Charles Phykitt Insurance
Brazeau Butcher Shop Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Tasha Yoga Williamstown Garden Club
Villari Martial Arts In Touch Massage
Empire Antiques Maureen Duffy
Terri Lamb Alice Keeler Vaca
Goodwill Industries Freefall Laser
Williamstown Boy Scouts Mrs. Claus
Elf Alton & Westall
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You are most likely wondering about the status of the Cole heard from us requesting volunteers for the project. You may have read or heard some news about the project but remain unclear when construction will start. Let me assure you we will be needing you soon. We are working to get to that first day of construction. We are as anxious to execute the first house as much as you are.

We have made considerable progress on the pre-construction phase of the project. Much of this phase has involved seeking numerous approvals from the Town of Williamstown and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for affordable housing. We have successfully passed many hurtles with one remaining agreement required from the DHCD before obtaining the title to the land. We have already completed much of the necessary site evaluation including a comprehensive survey, drainage details and utility locations. Work is continuing on drawings for permitting, scheduling, estimating and fund raising. Every-thing is coming together for a Spring 2019 ground breaking.

We will continue to update progress as the project gets closer to ground breaking. We look forward to working with all of you.

Brush With Kindness programs Home Preservation and Critical Repairs help homeowners and neighborhoods.

The Brush With Kindness (BWK) program was developed by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) to assist low income families struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes There are many reasons why a homeowner requires assistance with repairs. Homeowners without sufficient funds to make repairs are often affected by age, disability or family circumstances and struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes. To assist families BWK has been expanded into two programs: Home Preservation and Critical Repairs. BWK is also seen as a way to expand Habitat’s role within the community.

Home Preservation is designed for all exterior work that includes any painting, patching, minor repair, landscaping or replacement of exterior building materials for maintaining good or sound condition. These repairs help revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods, strengthens connections within the community and helps preserve affordable housing stock. 

Critical Home Repair returns a house to a livable condition as extensive interior or exterior work is performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations. These major repair projects allow families to remain in their homes. Installing an access ramp or reconstructing a porch foundation that is on the verge of collapsing are examples of a critical need repair 

Selection of candidates for either Home Preservation and Critical Home Repair must meet three criteria.  The criteria for a family seeking assisting with a repair are

  1. A need for adequate housing
  2. Ability to pay back a loan
  3. A willingness to partner with the Habitat affiliate.

A family’s inability to obtain a conventional loan to pay for the work can be seen as an indicator of need. Circumstances that prevent the homeowners from doing the work themselves—such as disability, age or illness is another indicator of need. In many cases, homeowners simply lack the knowledge and ability to carry out general maintenance and repairs to their home. Repairs can be costly, specifically the cost of labor. Habitat eliminates this cost with volunteer labor. Families must have the ability to pay for materials, which is often far less than the labor cost. It is expected that the family contributes to the repair with sweat equity, the essence of the partnership, working alongside volunteers to complete the repair. We realize that some applicants may not have the ability to provide sweat equity. Other arrangements can be made to fulfill the requirement. 

The process for making a repair. A family contacts the affiliate to describe the needed repair and request an application. The completed application with basic financial information is returned to determine the need. A knowledgeable construction volunteer visits the family to review the application with family and examine the situation. Family Selection Committee (FSC) reviews the application based on the criteria previously discussed, financial information and affiliate’s ability to perform the repair. When the family is selected an estimate and, in some cases, drawings are prepared for permitting. If the family accepts the estimate, a formal contract is drawn up and any required permit applications are submitted to the town’s building department. Work is scheduled and a partial material down payment is requested. Materials are purchased and work begins. Upon completion a certificate of approval for the work is signed by the family and the affiliate. 

Brush With Kindness is an immensely valuable program for low-income families to maintain the integrity of their home. The program is consistent with Habitat’s mission of working with families as they lift up their lives, by building safe, sound and affordable housing.