The Community Development Office is responsible for managing the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) received by the Town. The grant funds are awarded on a competitive basis by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).The Town currently has funding to support two programs: a housing rehabilitation program and a fuel assistance program.
The housing rehabilitation program can help low- and moderate- income homeowners in the town make repairs to their homes. Program funds can be used to repair or upgrade heating, plumbing, septic and electrical systems; make accessibility modifications, increase energy efficiency and more.
Homeowners can receive up to $35,000 per housing unit in the form of a 0% interest deferred payment loan (DPL). No interest is charged and no payments are required as long as the owner continues to own and occupy the property. At the end of fifteen years, the loan is forgiven and becomes a grant if the property has not been sold.
The fuel assistance program can help homeowners who do not qualify for Self Help’s fuel assistance program or run out of their Self Help benefits during the year.
To apply or learn more call (781) 871-1874 X135. Please see links to the left for full program guidelines and the Homeowners Application.