Chapter 200 and 705 State Public Housing (PHS Family) – Chapter 200 and Chapter 705 Public Housing State programs are funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to create housing for low-income families. Local housing agencies (LHAs) create housing for low-income families by building new units and/or acquiring existing housing or housing. Income limits are set at 80% of the median income for the area in which the Community is located, with the size and situation of households varying. Tenants living in subsidized family housing pay 30% of their income as rent if benefits are included in the rent, or 25% of their income if the tenant pays their benefits separately. Developers who wish to build apartment buildings, condos or apartments that offer a certain percentage of units as affordable work with municipal officials to get permission. These units should be used by households with less than 80% of the median income of the area; Units must be subject to use restrictions to ensure that they remain in a municipality`s affordable housing stock and that they must be sold or leased on a fair and open basis. Housing Opportunity Program (HOP) – HOP was a state program designed to promote the construction of affordable housing, it was replaced by the local initiative program. It is no longer active, although units developed under this program continue to be resold at affordable prices. Unlike traditional housing assistance programs, where a national or federal office must approve all aspects of funding, design and construction, LIP authorizes most of these decisions to be made by the municipality. The LIP rules and guidelines are addressed to program components, which must be verified and approved by the DHCD. For example, household incomes, fair marketing, profit restraint and the creation of a long-term affordable for units that are built. This definition had previously only been interpreted as a financial subsidy.
Cities and municipalities have had little incentive to implement housing initiatives that do not require direct support from the state or the federal government, but are also in M.G.L.`s mind.