Thank you for your interest in the Attorney General’s Distressed Properties Identification and Revitalization (DPIR) grant program.

We are pleased to announce the recipients are the municipalities of Adams, Ashburnham, Athol, Barnstable, Brockton, Chicopee, Fall River, Fitchburg, Greenfield, Haverhill, Holyoke, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, Montague, New Bedford, North Adams, Orange, Springfield, and Winchendon 

The goal of DPIR Grant program is to not only identify and prioritize a list of REO properties in eligible municipalities, but to ensure that the property owners comply with all state and local ordinances to bring properties into a state of good repair. 

The selected municipalities are tasked with working with the appropriate registers of deeds and municipal departments to identify and prioritize properties, followed by creating strategies to engage with property owners and advocate for proper rehabilitation and returning the properties to productive residential use. If further enforcement is needed, the properties identified can also be referred to AG Coakley’s Abandoned Housing Initiative (AHI).

Applications were requested from municipalities, either individually or jointly, to work in collaboration with the appropriate register(s) of deeds to research ownership of post-foreclosure, distressed, and vacant REO properties.

If you have any questions, please email AGOgrants@state.ma.us with a subject line of “Distressed Properties Identification and Revitalization Question”.

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