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A red sign in the lawn of the Columbia Arms Apartments, which are also the administrative headquarters of the Pittsfield Housing Authority
Josh Landes / WAMC

Constance Scott began working at the Pittsfield Housing Authority in 1988 as a receptionist, and worked her way up. Now, she’s taking over the agency as its new Executive Director. The PHA manages low-rent public housing and Section 8 programs in the city of around 43,000. Scott spoke with WAMC about her plans, and how her initial expectations of its mission years ago were changed.

Courtesy of Hudson River Housing

Upstate New York is getting over $67 million in federal funding for public housing.


The Obama Administration has announced 27 communities, among them Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts, will be part of a pilot program to bring high speed broadband Internet access to people living in public housing.   Officials in Springfield are anxious to learn more details.

An Albany resident has started a petition to ask the federal Housing and Urban Development Department to ban police training in public housing.  

The power of social networking proved to be a force to reckon with after citizens in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood posted photographs of swat teams, fake bloodstains and shell casings on Facebook, after an Albany Police Department training exercise.


Helping people help themselves to someday leave public housing was the goal of a conference Wednesday sponsored by the public housing authority in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

    Every parent seeks a better life for their children was the motivational message aimed at more than 100 mostly young parents who attended today’s conference, some with their children in tow.