The Planning Assistance Toward Housing (PATH) program manages $600,000 to help communities expand housing development opportunities. PATH is administered by DHCD and the Path Review Committee (PRC), which consists of Mass Housing, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, and MassDevelopment. This grant program is now closed. 

April - 2016

Beverly- $24,760
Beverly received a $24,760 PATH award to support the creation of a Chapter 40R Smart Growth District. The Smart Growth District will facilitate the construction of dense, mixed-use, mixed-income development near existing infrastructure.

Sunderland- $6,450
Sunderland received a $6,540 PATH award to support the creation of affordable senior housing in Sunderland’s town center. Sunderland’s PATH grant will enable the Town, in partnership with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, to advance an affordable housing development project at 120 Main Street, by procuring design and development services.

June - 2016

Agawam - $15,000
Agawam received $15,000 to create a Housing Production Plan, allowing the town to proactively plan for development and meet its needs for affordable housing.

Danvers - $25,000
Danvers received $25,000 in funds to create a new zoning overlay district in its downtown. This grant assists Danvers in re-imagining its downtown district in accordance with the community’s local vision, creating design guidelines and preparing new mixed-use zoning regulations that will bring the new district to fruition.

North Reading - $15,000
North Reading received funding to create a Housing Production Plan, allowing the community put a plan in place to meet affordable housing and development needs.

August - 2016

Billerica - $15,000
Billerica received $15,000 to conduct a housing feasibility study.

Charlton - $10,000
Charlton's $10,000 in PATH funding will be used to conduct a senior housing market study to help the town understand its current and future needs, and plan its growth accordingly.

Mendon - $15,000
Mendon will use the $15,000 to conduct a housing feasibility study.

Rockland - $15,000
Rockland received $15,000 to help plan for a Chapter 40R Smart Growth district, allowing for dense, mixed-use construction near existing infrastructure.

October - 2016

Auburn - $25,000
The Town of Auburn received $25,000 to develop a community-based housing plan, and the Town of Lenox received $10,000 to craft a housing production plan.

Grafton - $20,000
The Town of Grafton received $20,000 to conduct a transit feasibility study in North Grafton.

Martha's Vineyard Commission - $70,000
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission received $70,000 to assist in the creation of housing production plans for each of the six towns on the island.