WestMetro HOME Consortium

WestMetro HOME Consortium
City of Newton, Representative Member

















The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.  

Since 1992, the City of Newton has received over $5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOME Program through the WestMetro HOME Consortium for the development of affordable housing in Newton. Because Newton is not individually eligible to participate in the HOME Program, in 1991, the City spearheaded an effort to form a consortium under the newly enacted Program. Brookline, Waltham and Watertown joined Newton in this effort. Since that time, the Consortium, through Newton as the lead member, has received and distributed over $35 million in HOME funds to its members.

The Consortium has provided grants and loans of HOME funds to for-and non-profit developers and directly to low-income households to create over 550 units of affordable housing. The developers have used these HOME funds to leverage over $12.5 million in other funds to produce this housing.

WestMetro HOME Consortium Reports

WestMetro HOME Consortium Regional Fair Housing Plan and Appendices

The 2015-2020 WestMetro HOME Consortium Regional Fair Housing Plan (RHFP or Fair Housing Plan) was developed for the Newton Consortium d/b/a the WestMetro HOME Consortium. The City of Newton serves as the Representative Member and is joined by twelve member municipalities: Belmont, Brookline, Concord, Framingham, Lexington, Natick, Needham, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, and Wayland. This RFHP builds on recent plans, including the annual analyses of impediments (AIs) that each Consortium municipality completed for 2013-2014, the FY14 City of Newton and WestMetro HOME Consortium Annual Action Plan, the 2011-2015 WestMetro HOME Consolidated Plan, and the 2014 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice: Access to Opportunity in the Commonwealth.

 The WestMetro HOME Consortium (WMHC), which includes representatives from the thirteen member municipalities, worked in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to prepare the 2015 – 2020 FHP. The RFHP was also developed with input provided during a public comment period posted in June 2015.


HM20 CHDO Operating Funds RFP

HM20 Consolidated Pool & CHDO Set-Aside RFP

HM20 CHDO Operating Fund Awards:


Consortium Communties Homebuyer, Housing Rehab Programs and Rental Assistance (TBRA) programs:

HOME Assisted Development Projects

  • Olmsted Hill                       (Brookline - New construction of 10 single family lots/homes and
                                            24 affordable condominium homes)
  • Memorial House                 (Framingham - Conversion of single room occupancy to 
                                            one-bedroom, accessible units)
  • Bethany Hill School             (Framingham - Exterior rehabilitation of 42-unit affordable rental housing)
  • Cedar Gardens                   (Natick - Rehabilitation and accessibility improvements to two affordable
                                            rental units)
  • 1285 South Street              (Needham - New construction of group home residence)
  • The Coolidge at Sudbury     (Sudbury - New construction of 64 units of age-restricted, affordable
                                            rental housing)
  • 75-85 Myrtle Street            (Waltham - Energy efficiency and accessibility improvements to
                                            building containing 24 state-subsidized affordable rental units)
  • Winchester Crane              (Waltham - Energy efficiency and accessibility improvements   
                                            to building containing 59 state-subsidized affordable rental units)
  • Dana Court                        (Waltham - Energy efficiency and accessibility improvements to
                                            building containing 32 state-subsidized affordable rental units)
  • St. Joseph Hall                   (Watertown - Acquisition and rehabilitation of 25 units of affordable
                                            rental housing)

For Administrators (Forms and Checklists)

For more information on the WestMetro HOME Consortium, please contact Rachel Powers at (617) 796 - 1125 or via email at rpowers@newtonma.gov.

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