Community Development & Housing

To enhance the viability of the community as a desirable place in which to live, work and recreate, through sound urban planning practices, land-use strategies and housing community and economic activities.

The City of Everett is designated as a Mini-Entitlement Community by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). This program helps urban communities improve conditions for low- and moderate-income residents through comprehensive planning and funding assistance. Through this program, Everett can meet a broad range of community development needs in housing, business development, physical development, downtown revitalization, and public social services through comprehensive and creative solutions to local needs. 

In its efforts to preserve the existing housing supply of owner-occupied affordable housing in the City of Everett, the City has created a Housing Rehab Program, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Improvement Partnership Program, through the North Suburban Consortium (NSC). This Home Improvement Program provides technical and financial assistance to residents who have limited means but wish to bring their residence up to code and possibly make improvements to their homes in order to maintain the residence as their primary residence. Additionally, rental units in owner-occupied properties may be brought up to code and improved, with the understanding that the owner shall rent those units to low-income households for an affordable rent for the term of 15 years. DPD staff assist in providing rehabilitation specialist services to determine the repairs, upgrades, and renovations necessary (code compliance), develop work scopes, contracts, bidding support, and provide oversight of the construction process.

The First-Time Home Buyer’s Program  offers first-time home buyer down payment/closing cost assistance loans to income-eligible applicants purchasing a condominium, single-family property or two-family property. The program is funded by the North Suburban Consortium (NSC). DPD staff assist residents with the application process and submittal requirements in order to be considered for NSC funding.