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Worcester Affordable Housing Trust Fund

The Worcester Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) was established in 2021 by a City ordinance to help address affordable housing needs in the community. The pandemic highlighted the challenge of housing quality and instability, and community input underscored affordable housing as a critical, urgent need. As a result, $28,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding was dedicated to housing. Of this amount, $15,000,000 was allocated to the AHTF.

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Profile

Meetings

TBD

Date/Time of Next Meeting: TBA

Mission Statement & Goal

To provide for the creation and preservation of affordable homeownership and rental housing that meets the needs of low and moderate income residents.

The goal for the distribution of AHTF funds is to promote and finance the development of affordable rental and first-time homeownership housing consistent with the City of Worcester's Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The City of Worcester seeks development projects with a high standard of quality, design and livability. In addition, developments should promote efficient land use and locations proximate to shopping, workplaces and medical and community facilities.

Funding

The AHTF Request for Development Proposal (RFP) is open on a rolling basis until all funding available has been committed.

Eligible Projects

An eligible project must be a property developed through either new construction or substantial rehabilitation for the purpose of creating new affordable rental or homeownership housing units. New affordable housing units include housing units constructed where none had existed previously; vacant, abandoned or fire-damaged residential units to be returned to residential use; non-residential or non-residentially-zoned property converted to residential use; and rental or ownership housing where the number of affordable units is increased.

Maximum Grant Available

$150,000 per affordable housing unit developed. Grant will provide up to 25% of total development cost, or up to $150,000 per unit, whichever is less.

Bonus Funding

Up to $25,000 per eligible unit for units restricted to 30% or less of area median income and/or ADA units over the minimum required 10% threshold. Bonus funding awarded to a project will not be factored into the maximum grant available for said project (i.e., the percentage of total development cost calculation).

Timeframe

All funded projects must be started by December 31, 2024, and completed with occupancy by September 30, 2026.

Use of Grant Funds

Funding must be used for direct hard or soft costs related to the project. All funding is on a reimbursement basis. Funding may not be used for items prior to funding commitment.

The City of Worcester is now accepting applications for the AHTF. If you have any questions regarding the trust fund, please contact:

Jeanette Tozer, Affordable Housing Trust Fund Manager
tozerj@worcesterma.gov
508-799-1400 ext. 31438

Public Records Requests

On June 3, 2016 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act to Improve Public Records into law. Many of the provisions in the law took effect on January 1, 2017.

Public Records Requests

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Contact Information

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