On October 1, the Baker-Polito Administration released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Gateway Housing Rehabilitation Program. To learn more and to download the NOFA, click here.
The 2018 Housing Bond Bill provides funding authorization for the rehabilitation of 1-4 unit housing in gateway cities, and other similarly situated communities. The Bond Bill 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 the first year, the 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.
Rehabilitation projects must benefit low-, moderate- or middle- income households (incomes not to exceed 110% of area median income). $3 million will be made available for the program in FY2020.
Applications for the program are due October 31, 2019.