Communities Can Apply for Housing Choice Designation to Receive Prioritization with State-Based Grant Programs

A Housing Choice Designation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts rewards communities that are producing new housing and have adopted best practices to promote sustainable housing development.

Communities that achieve the Housing Choice Community designation have exclusive access to apply for the Housing Choice Grant Program and receive bonus points or other considerations to certain state grant programs.

The Housing Choice Community (HCC) designation has been in place for 4 years and is part of the greater Housing Choice Initiative. Since the start of the program, the designation period lasted for 2 years. Starting in 2022 the designation period will last 5 years.

A map of Housing Choice Communities is available here along with some selected community profiled.

For communities working to become more age-friendly, the Housing Choice designation is one tool that can address housing options for older adults. Applications are due March 7th.