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Mayor Wu wants to help Bostonians to buy a home, and build wealth that will benefit them and their families for generations. 

Mayor Wu and the City Council have allotted $58 million in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding to do the following:

  1. Fast track the production of new affordable homes by making 150 parcels of City-owned land available for new homeownership opportunities in Boston’s neighborhoods. During the fall of 2022, we will engage the community about 70 City-owned lots just north and south of Harambee Park on Blue Hill Avenue where we propose to make these new homes a reality. 
  2. Help more Bostonians become homeowners by teaching them what they need to know to buy a home, repair their credit, and pre-qualify for new City of Boston-backed mortgage products. These new mortgage products will increase the buying power of eligible Bostonians by as much as 10 percent with forgivable grants of up to $100,000.

Building New Homes

The City of Boston is building brand new homes on approximately 150 sites in Boston’s neighborhoods. 

New homes to be built will range from single-family homes to duplexes and townhouses, with a few multi-family condominiums. Depending upon the property, qualified buyers are those earning below 80 or 100 percent of Area Median Income.

Map of Sites

These homes will provide new opportunities for Bostonians currently priced out of the market to own their own homes. The homes will foster mixed-income communities. They will also strengthen the fabric of Boston’s neighborhoods by returning empty lots to productive use.

View Map of Key Parcels

Community Engagement

The First 70 Parcels

During the fall of 2022, we will engage with the community about 70 City-owned lots largely in City Council District 4, just north and south of Talbot Avenue at Blue Hill Avenue, where we propose to make the first of these new homes a reality. Participate in the process by:

  • Filling out this survey to give us feedback on the whole program or a specific parcel. 
  • Attending a walking tour (specific date to be determined) of some of the City-owned parcels slated for homeownership development. Stay up-to-date on this event by signing up for the mailing list.
  • Participating in a focus group for community members who often are left out of community engagement processes such as non-English speakers, current renters, and youth.  Stay up-to-date about this opportunity by signing up for the mailing list.
  • Signing up for virtual office hours with City staff to ask specific questions or share feedback. Stay up-to-date about office hours by signing up for the mailing list.
  • If you’re interested in helping to develop these properties, visit the developer section of this page.

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Fill out the Feedback Survey

Sign Up for the Mailing List

Additional Engagement
We will be placing signs on each parcel identifying it as a location for a future affordable home. We will also send postcards to community members living near the sites to let them know about the initiative. Both the signs and postcards will have a QR code directing people to the survey to weigh in with their opinions.

Lastly, we are planning focus groups with community members who often are left out of community engagement processes. These groups include non-English speakers, current renters, and youth.  

Once these new homes are built, they will be offered for sale to eligible homebuyers by lottery.

Help for Homebuyers

The Boston Home Center offers other financial assistance to help you get you the best deal possible when buying a home. 

If you don't know where to start, the BHC offers classes that not only teach you what you need to know, but may help you qualify for financial assistance. There are also informational events that are scheduled every other month that can help you understand how to get ready to buy a home. 

Do you need to repair your credit? The BHC will help you do that as well.

prepare to become a homebuyer with the bhc

Homeownership Lotteries

Homes built by the Mayor’s Office of Housing are made available to qualified residents through a lottery program. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn less than the Maximum Household Limits at 100 percent of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Be a first-time homebuyer who has completed an approved homebuyer education course and meets the minimum household size for the offered property

View current homeownership lotteries

Applying for a Home

Requests for Proposals

The Mayor’s Office of Housing will release the Requests for Proposals at a later date.

The Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH) will soon seek qualified developers to construct homes for prospective homebuyers earning between 80 and 100 percent of Area Median Income. MOH will make packages of developable parcels — grouped in close proximity — available for developers through an RFP process. We will provide subsidies to ensure their affordability.

Small, minority, and local builders are encouraged to apply. A goal of MOH and this program is to foster the development of historically marginalized firms in the real estate development industry. 

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VIEW other REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

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