Housing Recovery and Reinvestment Opportunities

The Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to support Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan as we work to stabilize neighborhoods, keep homeowners and tenants in their homes, produce and preserve affordable housing, and build stronger communities. DHCD administers several programs supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009. DHCD administers the Community Development Block Grant, Tax Credit Assistance Program, Tax Credit Exchange, Homelessness Prevention Fund, Lead Hazard Abatement programs, Weatherization Assistance Program, Community Services Block Grant, and Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

In addition, ARRA funded some housing programs that are not directly administered by DHCD, but that will help support housing and community development efforts in Massachusetts. These programs include the Public Housing Capital Fund, the Native American Housing Block Grant, project-based rental assistance, project-based rental assistance energy retrofit grants and loans, and different Treasury and USDA housing programs.

For information on the Community Development Block Grant, Weatherization Assistance Program, Community Services Block Grant, and Neighborhood Stabilization Program, contact the division of Community Services at 617-573-1400. For information on the Tax Credit Assistance Program, Tax Credit Exchange, and Lead Hazard Abatement Programs, contact the division of Housing Development at 617-573-1300. You can also visit DHCD's website at www.mass.gov/dhcd.


DHCD Programs

Community Development Block Grant

  • $29.2 million for wide range of community development activities (including housing, infrastructure, and community economic development). $9.1 million go to the state and $20.1 million to the state's 36 largest cities.
  • Federal overview and guidance available here: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/cdblock.cfm

Tax Credit Assistance Program

  • $59.6 million for restarting stalled Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.
  • Federal overview, guidance, and other information available here: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/tax-credit.cfm

Tax Credit Exchange

  • DHCD may exchange unused 2008 Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and up to 40% of 2009 Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for affordable housing production subsidies that will go towards production of LIHTC-type projects.
  • More information from the federal government available here: http://www.treasury.gov/recovery/docs/Grants_Specified-Energy-Property.pdf

Homelessness Prevention Fund

  • $44.6 million for homelessness prevention efforts, including short- and medium-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services, mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, or case management. $18.4 million goes directly to the state and $26.2 to the 19 largest cities.
  • Brief federal description: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/homeless-prevention.cfm
  • Federal Notice: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/hrp-notice.pdf
  • State plan draft: http://www.mass.gov/Ehed/docs/dhcd/cd/planpolicy/consolidated/draftofthesubstantial.doc

Lead Hazard Abatement

  • $10.4 million for lead-based paint removal. $2.6 million goes directly to the state and $7.8 million to other communities or non-profit groups.
  • Brief federal description: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/healthy-homes.cfm

Weatherization Assistance Program

  • $122 million for aid to homeowners and local groups working to make homes more energy-efficient. 20% of funds set aside for training and technical assistance.
  • Federal information on the program: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/weatherization/recovery_act_faqs.cfm
  • State weatherization assistance plan: http://www.mass.gov/Ehed/docs/dhcd/cd/wap/waprecoveryplan2009.pdf

Community Services Block Grant

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

  • $2 billion nationwide for acquisition and rehab of foreclosed and vacant properties in the neighborhoods hardest-hit by the foreclosure crisis. This funding supplements the existing NSP program, which was created by Congress last year.
  • Federal overview and guidance available here: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/nspg.com

Other Housing/Community Development Programs

Public Housing Capital Fund (Formula)

  • $81.9 million for public housing capital projects. Funding goes directly to Housing Authorities for federally-subsidized public housing, so most of the public housing units in MA, which are state-funded, are ineligible. There is also a competitive portion of this program (see below).

Public Housing Capital Fund (Competitive)

  • $1 billion nationwide for priority public housing investments that leverage private sector funds for renovations and energy conservation. Funding goes directly to Housing Authorities for federally-subsidized public housing, so most of the public housing units in MA, which are state-funded, are ineligible.
  • Federal information: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/phcfund.cfm

Native American Housing Block Grant (Formula)

  • $430,371 for new construction, acquisition, rehab, energy efficiency, conservation, and infrastructure development activities. In MA, the Mashpee Wampanoags will receive $244,590 and the Wampanoag Tribe will receive $185,781.
  • Federal information: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/native-american-formula.cfm

Native American Housing Block Grant (Competitive)

  • $255 million nationwide for new construction, acquisition, rehab, energy efficiency, conservation, demolition, mold remediation, site improvement, utility/infrastructure development/rehab, financing, administration and planning, and other related uses.
  • Federal information: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/nahblockh.cfm

Project-Based Rental Assistance

  • $119 million statewide funding Section 8 project-based rental assistance contract renewal. Funding goes directly from HUD to project-based Section 8 property owners.
  • Federal information: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/pbrassistance.cfm

Section 8/202/811 Energy Retrofit Grants/Loans

  • Owners of project-based Section 8, 202, or 811 projects may apply to HUD for grants or loans to support energy efficiency retrofitting.
  • Federal information: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/aheretrofith.cfm

Community Development Financial Institution Fund

New Markets Tax Credit

Tribal Economic Development Bonds

  • 2 billion in national bond limitation. Bonds can support many different economic development activities, but not gambling facilities. Treasury determines bond allocations in consultation with the Department of the Interior.
  • Information (from National Congress of American Indians): http://www.indiancountryworks.org/tribaldevobonds.cfm

Rural Housing 502 Loan Authority

  • 1 billion for direct loans supporting home purchases by low-income buyers in rural areas. $10.472 billion for bank loans for the same purpose that are guaranteed by the USDA. Programs are administered directly by the USDA. $37.25 million in guaranteed loan funding is going to MA.
  • Federal information: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ma/housing.htm