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. 

May - 2015

Arlington- $15,000
Arlington received an award to create a Housing Production plan – allowing Arlington to retain local control over development while ensuring that affordable housing is available to residents.

Charlton - $20,000
Charlton received this award for housing feasibility studies to help develop local land.

Mashpee - $10,000
Mashpee was given an award for housing feasibility studies to help develop local land.

Chelsea - $25,000
Chelsea received this award for community outreach and zoning changes to create housing near transit developments.

South Hadley - $15,000
The Department of Housing and Community Development today finalized three Planning Assistance Towards Housing (PATH) grants to help communities increase their housing stock in a manner consistent with local needs and state requirements. Specifically, this grant was awarded for Housing Production Plans.

Swampscott - $10,000
Swampscott was awarded a PATH grant to create a Housing Production Plan. 

Salem - $30,000
Salem received this grant to set up 40R Design Guidelines.

November - 2015

Brookline - $15,000
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded grants to Brookline to create a Housing Production Plan.

Gloucester - $15,000
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded grants to Gloucester to create a Housing Production Plan. 

Methuen - $25,000
DHCD awarded a grant to Methuen, to assist in the creation of a 40R Smart Growth District. The Smart Growth District will enable dense, mixed-use development near existing infrastructure.

December – 2015

Lynn - $25,000
The city of Lynn received a PATH award for the creation of three Chapter 40R Smart Growth Districts. These districts facilitate the construction of dense residential or mixed-use development near existing infrastructure.

Rockland - $15,000
Rockland received an award to create a Housing Production Plan. Housing Production Plans allow communities to proactively meet their affordable housing needs, while retaining local control over housing development.