Program Description

HOME is a federally funded program that assists in the production and preservation of affordable housing for low and moderate-income families and individuals. The program funds a broad range of activities including new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of rental properties.

Eligible Applicants

For-profit developers, non-profit developers, non-profit organizations designated as Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), and municipalities in cooperation with any of the above are eligible to apply for HOME funds.

Eligible Activities and Affordability Requirements

HOME funds can be used for the acquisition and/or rehabilitation of existing structures for rental use, including distressed or failed properties, or for the new construction of rental projects. Projects seeking HOME funds must have a minimum of 5 HOME-assisted units. All units receiving HOME assistance must be occupied by households earning no more than 60% of the area median income. At least 20% of the HOME units must be affordable to households earning no more than 50% of area median income. (Please see the additional program information below for a list of maximum rents and household incomes for your community.)

Funding Limits

DHCD will award the lesser of $750,000 per project and up to $50,000 per HOME-assisted unit in HOME entitlement/consortium communities. In non-entitlement or non-consortium communities, the maximum award is up to $65,000 per HOME-assisted unit, up to a per project maximum of $750,000. (Please see the additional program information below for a list of entitlement and consortium communities.)

A project located in a HOME entitlement/consortium community must include a matching commitment of local funds, or the application will not be scored. In general, preference will be given to applications with full match commitments.

Loan Terms

In general, DHCD HOME awards are structured as loans with 0% interest, and a 30-year deferred payment term. DHCD reserves the right to assign a higher rate of interest to any HOME loan. HOME loans to projects receiving allocations of Low Income Housing Tax Credits are made at the Applicable Federal Rate (or higher) as required by the Tax Credits program. All HOME loans are non-recourse and secured by a mortgage on the property.

Selection Criteria

  • strength of overall concept
  • strength of development team
  • demonstrated need for project in the target neighborhood
  • suitable site and design
  • appropriate scope of rehabilitation or construction
  • appropriate total development cost for properties
    included in proposal
  • financial viability of the project
  • degree of local support, including local funding commitments
  • evidence of readiness to proceed
  • evidence of satisfactory progress on projects
    previously funded with DHCD resources
  • incorporation of smart growth and sustainable development principles
  • fair housing principles

How to Apply

DHCD makes HOME funding available through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Applicants must submit an application for funding using the Department’s Mass One Stop+ web-based application..

Mass OneStop+ Application

Current Notice of Funding Availability


2015 Occupancy Training pptx format of 2015dhcdrentaloccupancytraining
file size 2MB

Additional Program Information

HOME/HSF Program Application Guidelines pdf format of home-hsf_prog_guid.pdf
file size 2MB
DHCD Design Guidelines pdf format of crrguide.pdf
HOME Final Rule
MA 2015 HOME Program Rents pdf format of 2015mahomeprogramrents
MA 2015 HOME Income Limits pdf format of 2015mahomeincomelimits
Rental Completion Report doc format of rentalcompletionreport.doc
HOME Entitlement and Consortium Communities doc format of homeentitlementandconsortiumcommunities
DHCD CHDO Application doc format of 2016chdoapplication
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) pdf format of hsqualst.pdf
Federal Lead Paint Rules
State Lead Paint Rules
Mass Historic Project Notification Form pdf format of mhpnfm.pdf
HUD Environmental Review pdf format of huder.pdf
Fair Housing Principles pdf format of fhp.pdf
MA Fair Housing Marketing and Resident Selection Plan Guidelines


For additional information please call the HOME staff at (617) 573-1300.