The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is pleased to announce the Abandoned Housing Initiative Strategic Demolition Fund. Utilizing funds recovered by the AGO through a nationwide state-federal settlement over unlawful foreclosures, $500,000 of strategic demolition grant funding is now available to address severe residential property blight across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Funding requests must demonstrate an immediate community need for demolition, an absence of any other viable blight remediation measures, and plans for post-demolition site redevelopment.
The AGO has partnered with Chelsea Restoration Corporation, Fall River Community Development Agency, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, and Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc. to administer the grant funds. Each of these four grantees will administer $125,000 for their respective regions. Each grantee will accept requests for demolition funding and will forward their top choices for funding awards to the AGO for final approval. Each grantee will also adhere to the general guidelines for demolition issued by the AGO, but can maintain their own specific terms and conditions.
For more information on submitting requests for demolition funding, please view our Notice of Strategic Demolition Grant Funding Availability document and contact your regional grantee.