Barre Housing Authority

A Note From Our Executive Director

Remember Maslow’s Basic Needs…food, shelter and clothing? For hundreds of elders, younger adults with disabilities and low-income families with children, the Barre Housing Authority is meeting at least part of these needs.

The Barre Housing Authority was established in 1964. Our mission is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for needy citizens. We have Public Housing Buildings and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in both Barre City and Barre Town, Vermont.

Barre Housing Authority owns and operates seven Public Housing Buildings, six of which are dedicated to housing elders and younger adults with disabilities. The majority of these buildings are “high-rises” located in downtown Barre City with two row-house type single story buildings located in Barre Town. We also own and operate a family- housing complex in Barre City. Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are issued directly to eligible participants and they in turn seek housing from private landlords. These privately owed apartments must meet minimal life and safety codes as mandated by the Federal Government.

We have a staff of 22 and are governed by a volunteer Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor of Barre. Funding for our programs comes from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While we do have some new faces, the staff has a good number of veterans.

Barre Housing Authority maintains our Public Housing Buildings largely through our own Maintenance Department. Every day, these dedicated employees meet at 7:00 AM sharp and receive work orders for the day. They disburse in their trucks for completion of these orders along with routine cleaning and preventive maintenance.

We have a Leasing and Occupancy Department that handles housing assistance applications from start to finish, determining eligibility to occupancy.

Barre Housing Authority owns and operates a Senior Meals program under contract with the Central Vermont Council on Aging located at Washington Apartments in Barre City. This meal site serves hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday and delivers home-delivered meals to residents of Barre City, Barre Town and parts of Berlin. The Galley serves some 45,000 meals annually.

We have a full-time Director of Resident Services on staff that meets and greets regularly with active Resident Associations in each Public Housing Building. We also have a small but dedicated Administrative staff that take calls, collect rents, logs in work orders and meet and greet the public. A good deal of the work of our administrative staff involves huge amounts of paperwork and reporting to HUD.

Barre Housing Authority, our staff, Board of Commissioners and many volunteers work each day to provide the best housing for our residents. Apparently we are doing a good job at it as we have received HUD’s “High Performer” rating for the past four years in a row! This designation is awarded to Housing Authorities across the country that achieves high ratings in multiple scoring categories including physical building inspections, resident satisfaction, administration and reporting, and occupancy rates.

We look forward to the challenges of our mission in the future and would welcome your comments, concerns or criticisms. Our Web Site has just been refurbished and we would appreciate your feedback as to its content, accuracy and usefulness.

Charles W. "Chip" Castle,
Public Housing Manager / Executive Director