Planning for Housing Production Grant Program

MassHousing's Planning for Housing Production Program provides cities and towns with the technical capacity needed to implement local planning and transform priority development sites into new affordable homes.

The Program assists municipalities in capitalizing on zoning changes for equitable, transit-oriented multifamily development; and progressing toward, achieving and exceeding Chapter 40B's 10 percent affordable housing goal. In disproportionately impacted communities, the program unlocks new opportunities for affordable homeownership development.

For more information, please contact Monica Passeno, Municipal Technical Assistance Manager.

Program Overview

MassHousing will fund pre-development activities on priority housing development sites by contracting directly with third-party consultants, then matching consultants with municipalities based on their respective expertise and local needs. The program prioritizes the reuse and redevelopment of municipally owned properties; exceptionally positioned privately owned sites may also be eligible for funding.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning on February 13, 2023. For more information, please review the Program Guidelines.

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Eligibility

Rental housing development: Preference will be given to municipalities for projects that create new affordable rental housing that results in progress towards meeting or exceeding local housing needs.

Homeownership development: MassHousing will support the creation of new affordable homeownership opportunities in municipalities that were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of the municipality's SHI percentage. The Commonwealth's disproportionately impacted communities are the 26 Gateway Cities, Boston, Framingham and Randolph.

Applicants should have already completed or be in the process of completing a locally driven housing planning process, including but not limited to a comprehensive master plan, a DHCD-approved Housing Production Plan, or a housing visioning process.

Communities that currently have multifamily housing development moratoria are not eligible to apply.

Municipalities may partner with non-municipal entities, including regional planning agencies, on grant proposals. The municipality must be the lead applicant.

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