Peter Gagliardi

President and CEO


120 Maple Street, 4th Floor
Springfield, MA 01103-2225

About Way Finders

Way Finders is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1972 with a mission to light pathways and open doors to homes and communities where people thrive. Way Finders creates effective collaborations and partnerships to identify housing and community needs and implement innovative strategies to address them. Way Finders is a chartered member of NeighborWorks® consisting of over 240 of the nation’s best community development organizations.

Way Finders’ Housing Center provides front door access to services. The Housing Support Services department moves clients from housing crisis situations to more secure, permanent housing. Programs include job training and placement, transitional and supportive housing for homeless families, young mothers, and survivors of domestic violence, and homelessness prevention services.

The Rental Assistance department was the foundation of Way Finders’ work in 1972. The department administers over 5,500 state and federal rental vouchers, impacting more than 15,000 household members. Economic mobility training is offered to participants who want to become economically self-sufficient.

Way Finders’ Homeownership & Financial Education Department provides education to guide families towards purchasing a home, improving credit, household budgeting, or remaining in their home and preventing foreclosure.

Since 1987, Way Finders has been active in the development of affordable housing. Over 1,300 units of housing in 16 communities have been developed, implementing green, energy efficient technology in all our new projects. In addition, Way Finders manages the housing that they build and provides residents with access to services and opportunities to engage with one another.

Finally, the Community Building and Engagement department was created from Way Finders' long history of involvement in neighborhood revitalization and resident empowerment. The key is to improve communities through increasing resident involvement and leadership capacity.

Community Programs

  • Housing and/or Financial Counseling
  • Other Community and Economic Development

Housing Development & Rehabilitation

  • Multi-Family Rental Development
  • Asset Management

Property Management & Resident Programs

  • Property Management
  • Resident Services

Debt & Equity Investing

  • Consumer Mortgage Lending