The 2018 Housing Bond Bill (Chapter 99 of the Acts of 2018) provides funding authorization for the rehabilitation of 1-4 unit housing in gateway cities, and other similarly situated communities. The Act targets units that have been cited for building or sanitary code violations or that are subject to commercial insurance cancellation due to substandard property conditions.
Eligible applicants are the 26 Gateway communities plus five additional cities (Agawam, Gardner, Gloucester, Greenfield and West Springfield) for a total of 31.
For the first program year 1, the GHR Program will target rehabilitation activities in multi-family properties (2-4 units). Properties must have been identified through existing code enforcement activities – selections are from an active list of multi-family properties cited for building or sanitary code violations and/or an inventory of properties subject to commercial insurance cancellation due to substandard property conditions. Applicants must have an existing housing rehabilitation program in place with staff capacity. GHRP funds require local matching funds – municipal or private, and must be paired with lead abatement activities where possible.
GHRP-assisted housing rehabilitation projects must benefit low-, moderate- or middle- income households (incomes not to exceed 110% of area median income) by providing them with safe, decent and sanitary housing.
Gateways Housing Rehabilitation Program
DHCD's Gateways Housing Rehabilitation Program is now available. Applicants should review the NOFA for eligibility and use the online application system called Intelligrants to submit an application for funding.
CDBG application (Intelligrants)