Housing Choice Designation Application 

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 programs.

Filipe Zamborlini, Community Grants Coordinator, Community Services Division

The Details of Housing Choice Designation Application 

What you need for Housing Choice Designation Application 

The Housing Choice Designation application opens each year in January and stays open for approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

Before submitting an application, please take the following steps:
  1. Review the PDF of the 2023 Housing Choice Designation Application Sample Form.
  2. Review the most recent 5-year US Census Building Permit Survey Data - 2017-2021 for your community. If the BPS matches your building permits you can use the Census BPS as record of net new units, it if does not match your local building permit records you may need proof of net new units from your building permit department.
  3. Decide which category of eligibly you are applying under and, if applicable, if you meet the required 2023 Housing Choice Best Practices.
  4. Confirm if your community has already completed an ADA Self Evaluation or Transition Plan, if not an ADA MOU will be needed to be signed if your community received the Housing Choice Communities Designation.

Please be sure to review the entire application and follow all instructions. If you have questions, we are ready to assist in answering them.

How to apply Housing Choice Designation Application 

Complete the online application form here.


More info for Housing Choice Designation Application 

5-Year Designation: The Housing Choice Designation lasts 5 years.

Designation Benefits: Designated Housing Choice Communities are eligible to apply for the Housing Choice Grant Program and receive additional grant related benefits from various programs offered through several state agencies in the Commonwealth.

Designation Expiration: All designations will start and end on the due date for designation applications. This will ensure that no designated community will lapse in designation until their re-designation application is submitted.

Current Housing Choice Communities: Learn more about the currently designated Housing Choice Communities.

Downloads for Housing Choice Designation Application 

Contact for Housing Choice Designation Application 

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