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Housing Creation Program

SECTION 81.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount in line item 1201-2005
of this act shall be made available to cities and towns as a one time payment pursuant to the lottery formula as prescribed by the division of local services. These payments will be remitted to a city or town who certify in a form prescribed by the office of commonwealth development that the city or town has demonstrated an increase in dwelling units of at least 1% over the number of housing units in place January 1, 2006. The number of housing units, which shall include but not be limited to single family homes, multi-family units, and accessory apartments, must be certified as new dwelling units by the municipal building department. Qualifying housing units are defined as

(1) Newly constructed residential units including college and university dormitory rooms
(2) Units that were made uninhabitable by fire and then rehabilitated
(3) Units for which seasonal occupancy permits were issued initially and, after rehabilitation, regular occupancy permits are issued
(4) Units which were condemned by a municipal official and rehabilitated
(5) Units vacant for two or more years and rehabilitated; and
(6) All units created in what was formerly commercial, industrial, municipal, or other non-residential space

A municipality may apply for certification at any point from July 1, 2006 to May 1, 2008. However for a city or town to be eligible for payment by June 30, 2007, the treasurer must receive notification by the office of commonwealth development by June 1, 2007 and to eligible for payment by June 30, 2008, the treasurer must receive notification by the office of commonwealth development by June 1, 2008.