Pittsfield Department of Community Development to Host Receivership Training Seminar
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office is looking for partners to work with throughout Berkshire County to tackle home rehabilitation projects through its Abandoned Housing Initiative. The Pittsfield Department of Community Development, along with the Attorney General’s Office, will be hosting an informational session on this initiative 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.
Speakers include receivers Philip Scalise and Attorney Douglas Rose, Esq., as well as representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and the City of Pittsfield. Community Development is acting as a funding monitor for the Receivership Program in Pittsfield.
As part of the Abandoned Housing Initiative, the receivership process uses court- appointed receivers to act as general contractors for the purpose of rehabilitating dangerous and/or abandoned homes and address the blight created by such homes that are located in otherwise viable neighborhoods. Such properties are distressed single-family and multi-family residential structures not only in Pittsfield but throughout the county that have been placed under court-ordered receivership. Those who can demonstrate ability and experience rehabbing distressed properties are good candidates for receivership. Lawyers, large or small construction companies, for-profit or not-for-profit community groups are among those especially encouraged to attend the event.
Since its inception, the Abandoned Housing Initiative has worked with 53 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, representing nearly 700 abandoned properties. Since expanding the program in 2011, the Attorney General’s Office has worked with communities on over 500 different properties.