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Apply for the Housing Choice Designation

Apply for recognition as a Housing Choice Community, earning consideration to certain commonwealth grant programs and the chance to apply for a new dedicated grant program.

Chris Kluchman, FAICP, Housing Choice Program Director

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***3/30/20  Revised Deadline***

2020 Housing Choice Designation application is open and will close at 3:00 p.m. on May 8, 2020.

The deadline will be re-evaluated at the end of April 2020. 

Housing Choice designation lasts for two (2) years, for example, the "class" of 2018 Housing Choice Communities MUST reapply for designation in 2020.    

The Housing Choice Designation recognizes communities that have achieved production targets and set policies that encourage future sustainable growth. In order to apply, municipalities needs records of permitting over the past 5 year, and for communities that grew at a more moderate pace, they must show evidence of best practice policies related to housing production. The online application contains specific instructions.  Please contact Housing Choice Program Director if you have problems with the online application. 

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The Housing Choice Designation Application for 2020 is OPEN.  Please use the Apply Now box to begin the application process.  A copy of the full application is available for download to help you plan the application. 

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A summary of the Housing Choice program and the 2020 Designation criteria is available for download below.

Housing Choice designation lasts for two (2) years, for example, the "class" of 2018 Housing Choice Communities MUST reapply for designation in 2020.   

US Census Building Permit Survey (BPS) data from 2014 through 2018 is available for download below to assist you to understand the rate of production for that 5 year period.  Please refer to the instructions in the application for more information about how to calculate 2015 through 2019 housing production for your community and also note that the BPS may not be accurate for your community.  

You can also find information about Self Evaluation / Transition Planning related to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for download below. 

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