The Newton Housing Rehabilitation Program is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These funds provide financial and technical assistance to income-eligible Newton homeowners, eligible nonprofit organizations and the Newton Housing Authority. The principal purpose of the program is to increase the supply of decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing in the City of Newton. Eligible properties include owner-occupied single and two-family residential structures and owner-occupied condominium units and deed-restricted affordable rental units owned by a nonprofit housing organization or the Newton Housing Authority.
All funding assistance is in the form of deferred payment loan at zero percent interest due upon sale or transfer of the property with two exceptions:
Yes, only Newton residents and Newton properties are eligible for program funds. Many neighboring communities have similar programs.
No. The program is limited to low-and moderate-income households.
Eligible project work is characterized as Priority and Non-Priority: Priority work includes certain emergencies, hazard abatement, removal of architectural barriers, correction of structural failures and the correction of serious code violations.
Non-priority work includes energy conservation and weatherization measures, correction of certain code violations and the removal of underground oil storage tanks.
Limited assistance for emergencies is available. The Rehab/Construction Manager is responsible for determining whether a property owner is eligible for emergency assistance.
All funding assistance is in the form of deferred payment loan at zero percent interest due upon sale or transfer of the property with two exceptions: (1) the cost of deleading is in the form of a grant and (2) emergency funding assistance for hoarding clean up is in the form of a grant up to $5,000 and available for who are receiving or willing to receive mental health services.
Yes, you must make the unit lead safe. The Program provides funding in the form of a grant to assist in lead abatement.
To meet federal regulations, we are required to make a determination about the existence of lead hazards in all units assisted with federal funds. You may have to include some abatement and/or use lead safe construction practices to be eligible for funding.
Resident households are required to temporarily relocate during lead paint abatement. The Program provides financial assistance to off-set relocation costs.
Yes, but the tenants must be income-eligible. Program funds may only assist rental units in owner-occupied two-family residential structures or in rental developments owned by a nonprofit affordable housing organization or the Newton Housing Authority. Rental units must be deed-restricted.