Utilizing funds recovered by the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General (AGO) through a nationwide state-federal settlement resolving allegations that certain banks engaged in unlawful foreclosure practices on residential properties in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey is pleased to launch the Abandoned Housing Initiative Technology to Enrich Community Housing (TECH) Grant. In keeping with the mission of the Abandoned Housing Initiative (AHI) to ensure safer neighborhoods through blight reduction and the creation of safe, habitable homes, grant awards made under TECH will provide assistance to communities that suffer from the negative health and economic impacts of severely blighted residential properties.
Abandoned and blighted properties that exist in serious states of disrepair create community safety hazards, drag down surrounding property values, and often produce large municipal tax delinquencies. Municipalities often have an uphill battle when seeking to both prevent blight in distressed areas and marshal appropriate code enforcement responses to existing problems while operating with limited resources.
Specialized software products can assist municipalities in compiling and organizing relevant code enforcement data into streamlined databases. The value of this data is multiplied when databases are easily combined and shared with additional municipal departments, saving cities and towns time and money. The utilization of improved municipal datasets in combination with visualization tools, improved software-based workflow processes, and other publicly available datasets provides a concrete foundation from which municipalities can implement strategic preventative code enforcement measures while improving traditional remedial activities.
The TECH grant is designed to defray municipal expenses related to the initial adoption and implementation of code enforcement software. Additionally, TECH will allow for closer municipal collaboration and data sharing with the AGO on joint receivership cases through shared case management functionality.
Eligible applicants for funding include:
- Massachusetts municipal government;
- Massachusetts regional code enforcement entity.
Applicants must have an active partnership with AHI to be considered eligible. Prospective partners to AHI may inquire about their eligibility status directly at AbandonedHousing@state.ma.us.
- Proposals must be delivered electronically through the AGO’s online grant application process.
- Interested applicants may access the application here.
- Applications will not be accepted in any other format.
- New applicants will be asked to create a free online account. Any applicant that has applied for any grant using the online grant management system may log into its existing account.
- Once applicants have started an application, the application may be saved and returned to later.
- Confirmation of Receipt: Applicants typically receive an email confirmation within 48 business hours; if one is not received please call 617-963-2291 for further instructions and assistance.
Programmatic questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to AbandonedHousing@state.ma.us. All other questions may be submitted to email@example.com. When submitting your question(s), please include “Technology to Enrich Community Housing 2019” in the email subject line. Questions received and answers provided regarding this RFP will be posted on the AGO’s website here: https://www.mass.gov/grant-opportunities.
Applicants that seek reasonable accommodation, which may include the receipt of the Call for Applications information in an alternative format, must communicate such requests in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.