Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development (DHDC) released the 2014 Draft QAP.

    The priority categories for Massachusetts funding are:

    • Housing for extremely low-income (ELI) individuals, families, and seniors earning less than 30 percent of area median income with a particular focus on those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
    • Investment in distressed and at-risk neighborhoods where strategic housing investment has a strong likelihood of catalyzing private investment, improving housing quality, and promoting occupancy at a range of household incomes.
    • Preservation of existing affordable housing.
    • Family housing production in neighborhoods and communities that provide access to opportunities, including, but not limited to, jobs, transportation, education, and public amenities.

    DHCD wishes to highlight four initiatives during 2014:

    • Emphasis on supportive housing, especially as it relates to the need to address homelessnesss
    • Emphasis on increased visitability in housing requesting DHCD subsidy or tax credits
    • Focus on reducing and/or limiting housing development costs
    • Introduction of a paperless system for submitting applications for funding to DHCD

At this time, DHCD anticipates holding their application deadline in March 2014. All applicants who plan to submit an application in March must submit a pre-application no later than January 17, 2014. DCHD anticipates allocating all of the total available 2014 credit, expected to be $15,286,131.

A public hearing will be held on January 3, 2014 at 10:30 am at:

Second Floor Conference Room 2B

100 Cambridge Street

Boston, MA, 02114.

You may submit comments to DHDC through January 31, 2014 to:

The Department of Housing and Community Development

100 Cambridge Street

3rd Floor

Boston, MA, 02114

If you have any questions, call DHCD at 617-573-1100.

For more information regarding the 2014 Massachusetts QAP, please click here.