MassDevelopment issued a $29 million bond to build group homes across the state.
Cil Realty of Massachusetts is working on behalf of MassDevelopment to build group homes throughout western Massachusetts.
CIL Realty is using the $29 million Mass Development bond to build community residences, or group homes, in 27 different communities, including Chicopee, Longmeadow, Greenfield, and Westfield. The group home locations were selected based on social service agency recommendations to MassDeveloment.
Group homes are small, residential facilities within a neighborhood that are designed to look like a home and serve people with developmental disabilities. Springfield resident Peter Soto told 22News more group homes in the western Massachusetts area would only benefit the community.
“I feel like the money is put to good use. I mean with the taxes we pay and put into the city I feel group home is a good investment,” said Soto.
CIL Realty CEO Ken Schwendy told 22News, 19 of the group homes are already built and operational, but they can’t provide their addresses out of respect of the residents’ privacy.
Schwendy said they hope to build the final eight group homes by the end of the year.