Housing Choice Initiative

Your municipality can receive a designation as a Housing Choice Community, giving preferential access to Commonwealth grant programs as well as a new grant program open only to Housing Choice Communities.

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 will receive preferential access to statewide grant programs and have exclusive access to apply for the new Housing Choice Grant Program. Recognizing that small towns face different challenges, the Housing Choice Initiative will set aside funding for a competitive capital grant program exclusively for towns with population under 7,000. $1 million in capital grant monies are expected to be available in the first year, to grow thereafter. Small Towns can also apply for Housing Choice Designation.


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