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Who’s to blame when problems arise with Section 8 housing in New Bedford?

Who’s to blame when problems arise with Section 8 housing in New Bedford?

NEW BEDFORD — On all sides of the city housing debate, there’s agreement: Well-maintained, occupied properties are an important part of the community and when “problem properties” emerge and persist, they affect entire neighborhoods. With 2,289 people in New Bedford using federally funded rental subsidies — known informally as “Section 8” vouchers — to pay… Continue Reading

Boa Vista Apartments – New Bedford Housing Authority 75 kW CHP System

Boa Vista Apartments – New Bedford Housing Authority 75 kW CHP System

The New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA) in New Bedford, Massachusetts has combined heat and power (CHP) systems in all three of its elderly high‐rise buildings.  CHP was installed in the first two buildings around 2005, and after a few years of success with those, NBHA installed a system in the Boa Vista Apartments. The building has NBHA’s… Continue Reading

NBHA is going smoke-free

NBHA is going smoke-free

Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast awarded more than $1 million to help create healthier communities in Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast, lead by YMCA Southcoast and Southcoast™ Health System, today announced that it was awarded a grant of more than $1 million to implement the SouthCoast… Continue Reading

Bay Village First to go Solar, Makes History Again!

Bay Village First to go Solar, Makes History Again!

Bay Village, one of the first Public Housing developments in the country, has made history once again. Located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, this development has become the first in the nation to install solar paneling in order to generate its own renewable, affordable energy- guaranteeing a long term energy solution for future. The New Bedford… Continue Reading

Energy Report 2013

Energy Report 2013

New Bedford Housing Authority’s Energy Performance Report Energy consumption and environmental building design are critical issues in the Public Housing sector. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends over $4 billion each year on utilities more than 10% of its budget. It is for this reason that HUD enacted a widespread Energy… Continue Reading

Boa Vista Cogeneration

Boa Vista Cogeneration

Project History Boa Vista Apartments is an elderly high-rise development, comprised of ninety-nine (99) one-bedroom apartments with a community room and a kitchen. It also is the location for the main administrative offices of the New Bedford Housing Authority. The development is owned and operated by NBHA. Since energy costs are a large portion of… Continue Reading

PHECC Adds New Bedford HA to Its Hall of Energy Stars

PHECC Adds New Bedford HA to Its Hall of Energy Stars

The Public Housing Environmental and Conservation Clearinghouse (PHECC) has added the New Bedford Housing Authority to its hall of Energy Stars and Green Giants. Last year New Bedford began what it describes as the largest energy performance upgrade in its seventy-five (75) year history. As a result of the upgrades made so far, New Bedford’s public housing… Continue Reading