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Allston-Brighton homeownership program

The program offers down payment and closing cost help to qualified individuals, as well as heating system repairs for older residents.

The Boston Home Center and the Allston-Brighton CDC are partnering to offer the Allston-Brighton Homeownership Program. This new program was made possible with funding from the development of Allston Yards

The program has two components:

  1. We offer down payment and closing cost assistance to qualified individuals for buying in Allston or Brighton. Potential buyers may be from outside of Boston.
  2. The program also provides heating system repairs for older residents. We repair heating systems for qualified residents already living in Allston or Brighton.

Homebuying help

About the program

Are you a first-time homebuyer who wants to purchase your home in Allston or Brighton? We offer up to $50,000 in financial aid for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers to buy their first home in the neighborhood.

Please note:  
  • The financial aid can be used for down payment and closing cost assistance.
  • The financial assistance is a zero-interest deferred loan. That means that there are no payments made until you sell, refinance, or are no longer living in your home.  
  • Homebuyers must use one of the Boston Home Center’s Participating Lenders for their mortgage.
  • Buyers must meet all other Boston Home Center financial assistance requirements.
How to apply

Download and complete the financial assistance application on the Boston Home Center’s website:

Financial help for homeownership

When you send in your application or drop it off, please mark Allston-Brighton Program at the top. Further instructions for how to submit are on the application.

For more information, contact the Allston-Brighton CDC at or 617-787-3874 (Extension 35).

Heating system repairs

About the program

You can receive up to $8,000 in a grant to replace a heating system that is at least 12 years old or not functioning. To qualify for this program, you must be 60 or older and earn less than 120% of the Area Median Income (see chart in this section).

Homeowners must also meet all of the other requirements of our Seniors Save program:

  • Be an owner-occupant of a home in Allston or Brighton
  • Live in a one- to four-unit property
  • Be current on Boston real estate taxes
  • Be current on Boston Water and Sewer payments

For more information and to fill out an application for the Allston-Brighton Senior Saves program, contact ESAC at or 617-524-2555.

Allston-Brighton Seniors Save Income Eligibility Chart
Household Size 120% Area Median Income

1 person


2 persons


3 persons


4 persons


5 persons


6 persons


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