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Housing Choice Designation and Grants

If your municipality qualifies for designation as a Housing Choice Community, it will get exclusive access to a grant program open only to Housing Choice Communities and get bonus points or other considerations to certain Commonwealth grant programs.

The Housing Choice Initiative rewards municipalities that have produced certain rates or amounts of new housing units in the last five years and that adopted best practices related to housing production that will sustain a 21st century workforce and increase access to opportunity for Massachusetts residents. Communities that achieve the Housing Choice designation have exclusive access to apply for the Housing Choice Grant Program and receive bonus points or other considerations to certain state grant programs. In addition to the Housing Choice Designation and the Housing Choice Grant program, we recognize that many small towns face different challenges. Therefore, the Housing Choice Initiative also includes separate funding for the Small Town Housing Choice competitive capital grant program exclusively for towns with population under 7,000 (per latest US Census population estimates). Small Towns can also apply for Housing Choice Designation.