Families from all over the world live in Family Housing. As a member of the North Village community you and your family have an opportunity to meet new people from different parts of the world and to learn about your neighbor’s cultures and customs. At least one member in each family living in Family Housing is affiliated with the University. All members of the affiliated student are part of the Family Housing community. Community members have a right to enjoy their privacy at home but should also be aware of the needs of their fellow residents. When personal needs conflict with communal ones, the community’s needs become more important.
Family Housing Programming
Programming in Family Housing is overseen by Residence Education under the leadership of the Apartment Complex Coordinator. Community development is an important component of living in Family Housing that supports the academic mission of the university. Programming provides community development in the form of social, cultural and educational activities directed towards graduate and undergraduate Students and their families. All programs are announced through the monthly calendar of events, email and individual fliers mailed to all residents as well as posted at the Community Center and laundry room bulletin boards.
Family Housing programming collaborates with University agencies and Amherst organizations in a variety of programs. These include the UMass Department of Public Safety, Center for Women & Community, UMass Health Services/Health Education, Office of Family Resources, Round the World Women, Amherst Family Center and the Town of Amherst.
Some of the workshops, programs, and activities offered are: Adult English as a Second Language conversation group, Community Beautification Flower Program, garden plot rentals, celebrations to welcome to new residents, the end of the semester, Halloween and Valentine’s Day, health and safety workshops, reading and storytelling for children, international lunch hour and car seat and bike safety programs.
Family Housing Advisory Board
The Family Housing Advisory Board is an opportunity for residents of North Village to discuss and advocate for the needs of the residents in the community. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved and have a positive impact on your community. All North Village residents are welcome to attend Advisory Board meetings. All meetings will be held in the H-2 North Village Community Room. The Fall 2017 schedule of meetings is:
Thursday, August 17 at 5:00pm
Friday, September 22 at 5:00pm
Friday, October 20 at 5:00pm
Friday, November 17 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00pm
A Place to Celebrate
Family Housing residents may rent the community center to host private social gatherings for a $10.00 fee. The total number of people attending the social gathering must not exceed the maximum occupancy limit of the Community Center, 40 people. For more information, please see the Community Center Rental and Guidelines.
Children's Outdoor Play Areas
Family Housing offers limited outdoor play areas for children living in North Village. These include a variety of play equipment for your child’s enjoyment. This equipment is unsupervised. Family Housing strongly recommends parents/guardians of young children be present when the children are in the play areas. Leaving your child unsupervised may result in injury. The University assumes no responsibility for use of the facilities and equipment. Please do not assume that Family Housing provides a completely safe environment or that other residents will be able to watch out for your child’s safety. If you notice potentially hazardous conditions, damages, or needed repairs in the playground, please contact the Family Housing Office at (413) 545-3115. See “Children’s outdoor Play rules” in the Family Housing Manual for more information.
The Family Housing Clothing Closet is located in the North Village Laundry building. This free program, providing second hand clothing to Family Housing residents was initiated in 1992 to help create a cooperative and sensitive community of neighbors helping neighbors. Family Housing families donate clean clothes in good condition for other Family Housing residents to benefit from. There are no limits to the number of items any Family Housing resident can take home. Clothing is sorted out for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women and men.
Vegetable gardens and or/vegetables in containers are not permitted adjacent to the apartments in North Village. Family Housing provides garden plots (20’x20’) for residents to rent each spring for a $10.00 fee. Residents are responsible for taking care of their rented garden plant from late spring until fall.
Family Support Services
For information about available family support services on campus and through the greater Amherst area, please visit the Office of Family Resources website at www.umass.edu/ofr.
Child Care at UMass
For information about on campus and off campus child care programs, please visit www.umass.edu/ofr/education.php
Amherst Public Schools
The Amherst-Pelham Regional Public schoolis a diverse school system with a population of approximately 3,000 students. North Village elementary school age children (grades K-6) attend Wildwood School, middle school age children (grades 7 & 8) attend Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School, and high school age children (grades 9-12) attend Amherst-Pelham Regional High School. For more information on the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, please visit http://www.arps.org/home .