Affordable Housing Development

Building safe, comfortable, and affordable housing is a fundamental component of Valley Community Development’s overall mission. Since its inception, Valley Community Development has produced over 279 affordable rental and ownership housing units in one of Massachusetts’ most competitive and coveted real estate markets. These homes provide economic stability and an opportunity for economic advancement to low and moderate incomes residents wanting to live and contribute to the communities of Northampton, Amherst, and Easthampton in Hampshire County.

Housing development remains a core service of our agency. Below is a list of all the properties that Valley Community Development has developed. All units are managed by Housing Management Resources except as noted below.


Valley Community Development Pre-Application


Hampshire-InnSergeant House | 82 Bridge Street, Northampton

Originally 15 single room occupancy units with a common kitchen and 4 common bathrooms. Valley Community Development acquired the property in 1990 and completed moderate rehabilitation work on the building in 2000. Current plans include a gut rehab of the existing building and expansion to 31 small studio apartments. Occupancy is expected April 2020.




The Lumber Yard

The Lumber Yard, completed in May 2019, consists of a newly constructed four-story, 55-unit affordable family rental apartment building with three commercial spaces. Proposed occupancy date is May 2019. Valley Community Development moved its offices in June 2019 to the Holyoke St. entrance.

The LumberYard Application




Parsons Village | 71 Parsons Street, Easthampton

38 affordable family rental apartments completed in August 2015. These townhouse-style apartments are equipped with highly energy efficient features. The development consists of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments that are located around a common green with a community building with laundry facilities and a playground. The property is currently managed by Way Finders.  


Parsons Village Application




King Street, Northampton | 96-98 King Street, Northampton

Completed July 2011. Located in downtown Northampton, this development is a 10-unit Enhanced Single Room Occupancy (ESRO) building. This project provides housing for five (5) formerly homeless individuals and five (5) very low income individuals. Valley Community Development incorporated many green design components.




The Maples | 16 North Maple Street, Florence

Valley Community Development purchased and renovated this 11-room single room occupancy with one commercial space in early 1993 and in 2010, Valley Community Development completed a moderate rehabilitation of the building, which included code and energy upgrades. The units are reserved for formerly homeless individuals.








School St 2

School Street | 46-48 School Street, Northampton

8-unit affordable family rental apartments that were completed in November 2008.





Amherst Main St

Valley Main Street Apartments | 683-687 Main Street, Amherst

Completed October 2008. Consists of 11 units of affordable family rental housing.






Go West | 1-3 North Main Street, Florence

Completed in November 2005. Valley Community Development substantially renovated an existing SRO, which now contains 17 enhanced single room occupancies and two retail spaces on the first floor, including The Freckled Fox Cafe. Four rental subsidies are set aside for clients of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and seven units are set aside for homeless individuals. The remaining six (6) units are rented to tenants who are at or below 60% of the area median income.




Millbank 2Valley Millbank Apartments | 18-34-79 Michelman Avenue, Northampton

Valley Community Development purchased 10 two-bedroom units in a distressed condominium project in December 1992 along with the development rights to build an additional 12-24 units. A 10 unit building (34 Michelman) was completed in the summer of 2004 along with the moderate rehabilitation of 18 Michelman and minor rehab to 79 Michelman. Valley Community Development owns 24 family apartments.






Amherst Main StValley Main Street Apartments | 683-687 Main Street, Amherst

Completed October 2008. Consists of 11 units of affordable family rental housing.





136 Parsons Street, Easthampton
65-67 N. Main Street, Florence
5 Walnut Street, Northampton

Valley Community Development developed these 3 homeownership initiatives between 1997 -2000. The properties were acquired, rehabbed and sold to low-income first time homebuyers. Additionally, 65-67 N. Main Street and 5 Walnut Street each included an income-restricted three-bedroom rental apartment.


New South Street Apartments | 22-34 New South Street, Northampton

This 18-unit historic renovation provided affordable rental housing to low-income households in Northampton. The 18 units consist of 6 three-bedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units. The building was completed in 1997. Valley Community Development was the developer and owner of the property until it was sold in 2013 to Home City Development.


Outer Commons | Charles Lane, Amherst

Valley Community Development developed 8 homeownership units after purchasing the land in 1994. Homes were sold to low-income households in early 1996.






Get Involved

Valley Community Development provides a variety of community economic development programs and services to low and moderate income residents within Hampshire County, but primarily the communities of Northampton, Easthampton, Amherst and Hadley. To volunteer, join a committee or learn about becoming a Board member, please send us an email.