City of Somerville Inclusionary Housing Program

The City of Somerville Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance was established in 1990 and has grown over the past three (3) decades, adapting to evolving community & housing needs. The purpose of inclusionary zoning as outlined in the current zoning under Development Benefits, is to implement the housing policy objectives of the City’s Comprehensive Plan by increasing the supply of long-term, affordable housing available to existing and future residents of mixed incomes. Through the Inclusionary Housing Program, residential units become available to income-eligible households at below market rate.

The City of Somerville works with private and nonprofit developers to create below-market rate housing opportunities for renters and homebuyers. Click on the tabs below to learn about affordable housing and other programs for income-eligible residents.

You can also search for affordable rentals and homeownership opportunities using the MassAccess website.

 

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Developments that provide Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) under Section 12 of the December 12, 2019 zoning ordinance, must obtain required Housing Division documents to receive a Certificate of Zoning Compliance (CZC) and to receive a vertical/structural building permit (BP).

Certificate of Zoning Compliance

Developers must obtain an executed Certificate of Required Materials (CRM) from the Housing Division Director to fulfill Housing-related CZC requirements. Prior to a CRM being executed, developers must submit to the Inclusionary Housing Program:

  • Project deed;
  • Certification of Organization;
  • Current project plans that include amenities (vehicle/bicycle parking, storage, etc.)
  • An accurately completed Affordable Housing Acknowledgement (AHA) to be fully executed:
    • The identified “Developer” and address of business as it appears on the project deed and Secretary of State website

Once the above documentation is complete to the satisfaction of the Housing Division, a CRM will be executed and issued by the Housing Division Director.

Vertical/Structural Building Permit

Prior to pulling a building permit (BP), developers must have a fully executed Affordable Housing Implementation Plan (AHIP). Developers should provide notice, two- three months ahead of pulling the BP, allowing sufficient time to prepare and execute the AHIP. In absence of advance notice, the Housing Division may not be in position to review documents and materials and finalize an AHIP within a desired timeframe.

 To complete an AHIP developers must provide:

For projects under the December 12, 2019 Zoning Ordinance, Information regarding the Somerville Zoning Ordinance and the permitting process is available on the Somerville Zoning website. Refer to Section 12 "Development Benefits" for information regarding the process and requirements for the provision of Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs).

Estimated Maximum Rents & Sales Pricing

Tables 1.a and 2.a show base rents and base sales prices for ADUs, respectively. Maximum rents and maximum sales prices are the base amounts provided, deducting applicable fees and utilities for which an occupant is responsible. Tables 1.b and 2.b show estimated maximum rents and sales pricing assuming fees and other applicable deductions.
 

Rents

Table 1.a: Estimated Base Rents Without Fees or Utility Deductions*

  Studio 1-Bedroom 2-Bedroom 3-Bedroom 4-Bedroom 5-Bedroom
Rental Tier 1
“Very Low Income”
$724.80 $845.60  $966.40 $1,087.20 $1,208.00 $1,328.80
Rental Tier 2
“Low Income”
$1,268.40 $1,479.80  $1,691.20  $1,902.60 $2,144.00 $2,325.40
Rental Tier 3
“Moderate Income”
$1,812.00  $2,114.00 $2,416.00  $2,718.00 $3,020.00 $3,926.00
*Applicable tenant-paid fees and utilities are subtracted from base rents.
 

Table 1.b: Estimated Rents* with Assumed Fees** No Utilities Included***

  Studio 1-Bedroom 2-Bedroom 3-Bedroom 4-Bedroom 5-Bedroom
Rental Tier 1
“Very Low Income”
$362.89 $421.60 $466.40 $503.20  $540.00 $591.80
Rental Tier 2
“Low Income”
$906.40 $1,055.80 $1,191.20  $1,318.60 $1,446.00 $1, 588.40
Rental Tier 3
“Moderate Income”
$1,450.00  $1,690.00 $1,916.00 $2,134.00 $2,352.00 $2,585.00
*Final rents are based off actual project fees and applicable utility allowance deductions
**Rents described above assume $150 in applicable tenant-paid fees
***Rent figures include July 1, 2019 Somerville Housing Authority Utility Allowance Deductions for High Rise
w/ elevator, electric heating, electric cooking. Allowances based off actual projects will apply.
 

Sales Prices
 

Table 2.a: Estimated Base Sales Pricing Without Fees

  Studio 1-Bedroom 2-Bedroom 3-Bedroom 4-Bedroom 5-Bedroom
Own Tier 1
“Low Income”
$127,788.26 $237,274.59 $271,170.96 $305,067.33  $388,963.70 $372,860.07
Own Tier 2
“Moderate Income”
$290,540.32 $338,963.70 $387,387,09 $435,810.48 $484,233.86 $532,657.25
Own Tier 3
“Middle Income”
$377,702.41  $440,652.82 $503,603.22 $566,553.62 $629,504.02 $692,454.42


Table 2.b: Estimated Maximum Sales Pricing With Assumed Fees*

  Studio 1-Bedroom 2-Bedroom 3-Bedroom 4-Bedroom 5-Bedroom
Own Tier 1
“Low Income”
$122,508.26 $231,394.59 $264,690.96 $297,987.33  $331,283.70 $364,580.07
Own Tier 2
“Moderate Income”
$290,540.32 $338,963.70 $387,387,09 $435,810.48 $484,233.86 $532,657.25
Own Tier 3
“Middle Income”
$377,702.41  $440,652.82 $503,603.22 $566,553.62 $629,504.02 $692,454.42

*Fees include condominium fees, homeowners insurance, estimated private mortgage insurance, taxes, parking

 

 

Fractional Buyout

The Housing Division has a monthly subscription to the Warren Group Data and is receiving information on all units sold in Somerville . Below are average sales prices in Somerville for FY ’21. These figures are to provide estimates for the Fractional Buyout for an ownership or rental ADU. The actual payment will be calculated at the time the payment is due.

Bedroom size 1-Bedroom 2-Bedroom 3-Bedroom 4-Bedroom 5-Bedroom
FY ’21 Average
Sales Price
$547,692 $734,093 $947,686 $1,131,938 $1,110,442

The fractional buyout for an ownership or rental ADU is calculated as (A*B) where:
i. A is the amount of ADUs not provided (.2, .4, .6 or .8); and
ii. B is the difference between the average sales price of comparable market-rate units sold within the city of Somerville over the previous twelve (12) months and the sale price of an ADU in the ownership or rental price tier that would have been provided.

The Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance for projects permitted under the May 6, 2016 update is available here.

Rents

  • Base rents for apartments with affordability set at Tier R1 and Tier R2 levels are based off “LOW” and HIGH” HOME RENTS, respectively. HOME RENTS are established by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and updated on an annual basis. HOME RENTS are available on HUD Exchange.

  • Base rents for apartments with affordability set at Tier R3 are 30% of a household’s income at the time of an income certification.

  • Finalized rents account for deductions for tenant-paid fees and utilities. Utility deductions are based off the Somerville Housing Authority Utility Allowance chart.
     

Tier R1 (<50% AMI): Base rent is the “LOW” HOME RENT. The final rent is the “LOW” HOME RENT and deducts applicable fees and tenant-paid utilities.

Tier R2 (51%-80% AMI): Base rent is the “HIGH” HOME RENT. The final rent is the “HIGH” HOME RENT and deducts applicable fees and tenant-paid utilities.

Tier R3 (81%-110% AMI): Base rent is 30% of a household’s annual gross income at the time an income certification is completed. The final rent is 30% of a household’s income and deducts applicable fees and tenant-paid utilities. Because rents at Tier R3 levels are proportional to a household’s income, rent may vary depending on whether a household’s gross income is closer to 81% AMI or 110% AMI. Below includes the ranges of annualized base rents for households comprised of one (1) through six (6) persons.

Tier R3 Monthly Gross Rent Ranges

Household Size 1-Person 2-Person 3-Person 4-Person 5-Person 6-Person
Monthly Gross Rent $1,793.78 -
$2,326.25
 $2,021.28 -
$2,658.75
 $2,273.78 -
$2,990
$2,256.75 -
$3,322
$2,728.78-
$3,588.75
$2,931.28
- $3,854

Sales Pricing
The maximum sale price for an inclusionary unit shall be set at a level that allows a household at the designated Tier eighty (80) percent or one hundred ten (110) percent of Boston area median income, as the case may be, to pay no more than twenty-eight (28) percent of household income for housing costs. The maximum sales price shall be calculated as follows:

• Determine the maximum household size for an inclusionary unit based on one (1) person per bedroom (one (1) person in the case of a studio).

• Determine the maximum monthly income (MMI) for such household size, using income figures published annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for households at eighty (80) percent and one hundred ten (110) percent of Boston area median income.

• Multiply MMI by twenty-eight (28) percent.

• Subtract the estimated cost of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), Real Estate Taxes (RET), Condominium Fees (CF), Homeowners Insurance (HI) if not included in the CF, and required parking fees (PF), if any, if not included in the CF, to arrive at a maximum monthly mortgage payment (MMP).

• Calculate a maximum mortgage loan (MML) based on the MMP, assuming a 30-year term and at the then current conventional interest rate.

• Multiple the MML by 1.03 to arrive at a Maximum Sales Price (MSP) based on a ninety-seven (97) percent MML.


Most Recent Initial Sales Pricing

  80% AMI Address 110% AMI Address
1-Bedroom $165,163

24 Rush St. Unit A

 $215,802 275 Foley St. Unit 612
2-Bedroom $196,674

15 Murdock St. Unit B

$287,887 19 Murdock St. Unit B
3-Bedroom $221,384

227 Cedar St. Unit 9

N/A N/A

Please see the link for a brief overview of the SPAUP policy, requirements, and process. Please review the policy below for complete details of the SPAUP policy and requirements.

Small Property Additional Unit Program (SPAUP) Training



Small Property Additional Unit Program (SPAUP) Policy - Housing Division Requirements 
Effective October 4, 2021 

3rd Unit Development- Neighborhood Residential (NR) & Urban Residential (UR) Districts 
Through the December 19, 2019 Zoning Ordinance, an owner of a two-family property in an NR or UR district may develop a third (3rd) unit on that same property so long as one of the units is affordable in perpetuity via an executed and recorded Affordable Housing Restriction. In the case of rental tenure, the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) shall be restricted to households with an annual gross income at or below 110% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In the case of ownership tenure, the ADU will be restricted, upon initial sale and re-sale, to households with incomes not to exceed 140% AMI. 

The unit can be added by right if it is being added to the existing property. In the case of a backyard cottage, zoning requirements do apply. Property owners will also need to apply for a building permit.  Information on the process for securing a building permit is available at www.somervillezoning.com

Application Requirements 
Owners must complete an application to satisfy Housing Division requirements prior to requesting a Certificate of Zoning Compliance (CZC).  An application is comprised of a fully executed Affordable Housing Acknowledgement (AHA) and a signed Certification of Required Materials (COR). To initiate the application process, Owners must: 

  1. Complete, sign and submit the AHA available on www.somervillezoning.com and complete the top portion of the COR; 
  2. Submit a property deed;  
  3. Submit floor plans of the proposed project; and  
  4. If the property is owned by a company, corporation, LP, LLP, LLC, etc., please submit a current copy of the results produced when the entity’s name is entered into the corporate database of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of State’s website: https://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx. If the property is owned in a Trust, please submit a copy of the Declaration of Trust and include documentation as to the current Trustee(s). 

Upon review of the application and the above materials, the Housing Division Director shall complete execution of the AHA and sign the COR. 

To pull a structural building permit the Owner must have an executed Affordable Housing Implementation Plan (AHIP) to be signed by the Housing Division Director. The AHIP will memorialize which unit has been designated as an ADU and outline other requirements. Owners should allow for a minimum of two (2) months to complete an AHIP
 

Condo Conversion
Where an owner intends to convert an existing two-family property going through SPAUP to a condominium that will consist of the two existing units and the one newly created unit, the two existing units must undergo the Condominium Conversion process, which includes applying to the Condominium Review Board for approval to receive a Conversion Permit. New construction is exempt from the Condo Conversion Ordinance.

Note that there is a standard 12-month waiting period for a Conversion Permit to be granted, and applicants should plan accordingly (see §7-64 generally, and for some exceptions, §7-64(1)(a)(i-iii)).

Inspections 
Prior to the execution of an AHIP, an inspection of the property shall be conducted by Inspectional Services and Housing Division personnel (a City building inspector and a Housing staff member). A walkthrough including Housing staff member(s) will also be required ahead of Certificate of Occupancy issuance. 
 

Unit Selection 
The newly constructed third (3rd) unit shall be designated as the ADU.  However, the Housing Division reserves the right to designate an existing unit as the ADU. Consideration shall be given but is not limited to the following criteria below:  

  • How representative the newly constructed unit is of the existing units in terms of the number of bedrooms within the units, the net sq. ft. of the units, the sq. ft. of the bedrooms, and the unit location/access to amenities. 
  • The proportion of ADUs with two (2) or more bedrooms may exceed the proportion for corresponding market rate units for each tenure type. 
  • The existing unit meets or will be renovated to meet Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA) compliance requirements and/or has accessibility features that meet an existing need. Desirable features may include but are not limited to: wheelchair accessibility, appropriately-heighted fixtures, and modified safety features. 
    • An existing unit mirrors amenities in the new unit.  
  • Any other reason that furthers the goal of stabilization or otherwise meets a need within the housing inventory.  

In the event that an existing unit is designated as an ADU, the existing unit must meet the following standards: 

  • Housing Quality Standards  
  • 521 CMR MAAB TYPE-1 kitchens and bathrooms 
  • Energy Star standard appliances/utilities 
  • Stretch Energy Code requirements 
  • De-leaded or abatement of lead hazards 
  • Minimum Housing Quality Standards for three-bedroom units per Section 12.7(c)(i) 
  • Address all issues that may have come up on an inspection/walkthrough by City staff 
  • Upgrades of unit finishes and appliances of similar quality of new unit 

In the event an existing unit was updated within the past six (6) months and verification is provided in the form of a report on the condition of the existing unit and any common areas and is certified by a qualified design professional (e.g. engineer, inspector, individual with LEED or Passive Housing certification, etc.), such verification shall be considered in determining whether further updates are necessary. 
 

Occupant Selection and Marketing 

All owners, whether or not they are investor-owners s or owner-occupants, are required to attend a Fair Housing Training prior to marketing an ADU through the Suffolk University Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) or other training program previously approved by the Housing Director. The name of the training seminar will be “Fair Housing training for the SPAUP.” The HDTP will provide each owner a certificate detailing that they successfully completed a fair housing training through their organization.  The certificate will be valid for five years. 

Investors shall have two (2) options for selecting tenants/buyers. 
 

Occupant Selection for Investor-owners 

  1. An existing tenant household may be considered for the ADU, provided the household is income-eligible and is an appropriate household size for the bedroom type of the ADU, and in the case of homeownership, is a first-time homebuyer household that has completed or will complete a first time homebuyer training class prior to the closing. 
  2. If the above option is not applicable, owners not residing on the property are required to select occupants for a third (3rd) unit ADU from the Consolidated Waitlist (CW). 
  • In the event the CW is exhausted or otherwise unavailable, the Owner is required to follow the Fair Housing Marketing Plan (FHMP) requirements provided by the City when selecting a tenant or a buyer. A thirty (30) day application submission period will be established and all submitted applications will be entered into a lottery assisted by the City and compiled in a waitlist for the unit following then-current preferences. The Owner shall be responsible for maintaining the waitlist.  
    • The Owner is responsible for all costs associated with fulfilling the requirements of the FHMP, including the cost of any advertisements and maintaining a waitlist as necessary.   
  • The owner shall select the first eligible tenant from either the CW or the lottery, and provide justification for rejecting any eligible tenant. 
  • Income eligibility shall first be verified, and then credit/suitability screening shall occur next for rental opportunities. Credit/suitability screening criteria and an appeal process shall be reviewed and approved by City staff prior to marketing for rental opportunities. 
  • Income eligibility, first time homebuyer status and completion of a first time homebuyer training course and a mortgage pre-approval for up to the purchase price shall be verified first for homeownership opportunities. An appeal process for income certifications shall be available for prospective purchasers. 
     

Owner-Occupant Tenant/Buyer Selection 
Owners claiming an owner-occupancy status must provide the Housing Division with verification of a current utility bill or a current federal income tax return (income figure on the tax return may be obscured; the address for which the filing was submitted and the owner’s name must be clear on the first page of the income tax return). Reviews shall be conducted annually as part of the monitoring and compliance process. In the event an owner occupant becomes an investor owner, upon a vacancy in the ADU in the case of a rental project, the investor owner shall comply with the two options above for investor owners to select a tenant. 

Owner-occupants have four (4) methods for occupant selection:  

  1. Owner-occupants may rent or sell to an eligible household member within the third (3rd) degree of kinship. (https://heirbase.com/degrees_of_kinship_chart/)
    • A notarized affidavit attesting to the nature of the kinship must be provided. 
  2. An existing tenant household may be considered for the ADU provided the household is income-eligible, and is an appropriate household size for the bedroom type of the ADU, and in the case of homeownership, is a first-time homebuyer household that has completed or will complete a first time homebuyer training class prior to the closing. 
  3. Owner-occupants may elect to follow the Fair Housing Marketing Plan (FHMP) requirements provided by the City when selecting a tenant or a buyer for the third (3rd) ADU in lieu of selecting a tenant or buyer from the CW. A thirty (30) day application submission period will be designated, and all resulting applications must be compiled and split into corresponding pools based on existing City preferences in a waitlist for the unit that must be maintained by the owner or an appropriate 3rd party. 
    • Owner-occupants are responsible for payment of all costs associated with fulfilling the requirements of the FHMP, including the cost of any advertisements, and maintaining the waitlist. 
    • Develop a waitlist for the unit that is ranked and select a tenant from that list, starting with #1, and providing justification for any tenant that not selected.
    • Credit/suitability screening criteria and an appeal process shall be reviewed and approved by City staff prior to marketing for rental opportunities.
    • Income eligibility shall be determined first, prior to the owner initiating any credit/suitability screening. Income eligibility, first time homebuyer status and completion of a first time homebuyer training course and a mortgage pre-approval for up to the purchase price shall be verified first for homeownership opportunities. 
  4. Owner-occupants may select a tenant from the Consolidated Waitlist.  

 
Income Eligibility 
“Annual Income” is defined under 24 CFR 5.609, or as shall be defined in any successor regulation, is the anticipated total income from all sources received by all members of the Family over the age of eighteen, including members who are temporarily absent. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Annual Income includes interest income from assets. Upon the completion 

Rental tenure 
For any existing or subsequent occupants of a rental ADU, income eligibility must be verified prior to execution of the lease and an affordable lease rider and income eligibility must be recertified on an annual basis. The Housing Division shall conduct the income certifications and re-certifications, except where the Owner owns other property in Somerville. In the event the Owner has title to other property in Somerville, at the discretion of the Housing Director, the Owner and/or their management agent shall conduct the income certifications/recertifications, and shall submit the income certifications to the Housing Division for review and approval prior to signing a lease and affordable lease rider. The income of a tenant in a 110% AMI unit may increase up to 120% of AMI after meeting the initial eligibility qualification to start at 110%.  Once a household’s income surpasses the maximum income at 120% AMI, they will no longer be eligible for the ADU and must vacate the unit upon the end of the current lease term. The rent shall be established by the Housing Division prior to the marketing of the ADU. 

Homeownership tenure 
In the case of ownership, income eligibility must be verified prior to a household receiving a Proceed Letter. A Buyer’s income shall not exceed 140% AMI upon initial sale or re-sale. The Housing Division shall conduct the income certification. Once determined income eligible, households shall not be re-certified unless there is a transfer in title. The sales price shall be established by the Housing Division prior to the marketing of the ADU. 
 
Enhanced Affordability 
Although the ordinance establishes income eligibility for the ADU at the 3rd tier (110% for rental, 140% for homeownership), at the Owner’s discretion and option, the owner may choose to rent at an amount affordable to a household below 110% AMI or sell at an amount affordable to a household below 140% AMI. 

  • Upon the voluntary vacancy of the initial tenant, the AMI may adjust up to 110% (the 3rd tier) for initial occupancy, with the ability to increase household income up to 120% AMI before such a household is deemed over-income and shall be required to vacate the ADU. 

 
Compliance and Monitoring 
Occupants of an ADU, whether a rental or homeownership project, must meet annual monitoring requirements to ensure continued eligibility. The annual monitoring shall be conducted by Housing Division compliance and monitoring staff. Annual monitoring includes current verification of residency and in the case of a rental opportunity only, annual income re-certifications are to be completed prior to a lease renewal. For projects with rental tenure, a Monitoring and Compliance MOU shall be executed prior to marketing, which outlines roles and responsibilities. 
 
Unit Re-sale 
If an Owner wishes to re-sell the ADU, the Seller must provide written notice to the Housing Division at least six (6) months prior to the date a household desires to sell the unit to ensure sufficient time to establish a re-sale price, identify a Buyer, verify Buyer eligibility and for the closing to occur. The re-sale price shall be established by the Housing Division according to the calculations established in Article 12 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance. The Seller may either locate an eligible buyer or opt to have the City market the unit and conduct a lottery to identify an eligible buyer. 

 

Per Somerville’s Zoning Ordinance, the Housing Director has the authority to establish quality standards for three-bedroom Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs). These standards apply to all three-bedroom ADUs effective March 1, 2022.

Residential developments with thirty (30) or more units are required to provide 20% of the obligated ADUs as three-bedroom units, under Section 12.1.7 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance.

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Closing Cost and Down Payment Assistance

The Housing Division and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund offer three programs to help first-time homebuyers in the City. Each program has different rules and benefits. You must be a first-time homebuyer with an eligible income to qualify. We give preference to current residents, though anyone is welcome to apply. The three programs are:

  • Closing Cost 80 Program: We’ll provide closing cost assistance up to $5,000 as a 0% interest, five-year forgivable loan. 
  • Down Payment Assistance 80 Program: We’ll provide down payment assistance up to 15% of the purchase price as a 0% interest, deferred payment loan.
  • Closing Cost/Down Payment Assistance 110 Program: We’ll provide up to $5,000 in down payment assistance or closing costs as a 0% interest, five-year forgivable loan.

To learn more about eligibility and income limits, click here.

First-Time Homebuyer Education

There are several programs to help you learn about the home buying process. They’ll teach you how to deal with credit issues, work with a Realtor, apply for a mortgage, and more. The organizations below offer these First-Time Homebuyer classes:

Homeownership Guide

We’ve organized a list of resources for new and current homeowners. The guide includes information about loans for remodeling your house, improving energy efficiency, removing lead, and other resources. You’ll also find important information about zoning laws and permits. Click here to read the guide and learn more about your next steps as a new homeowner!

Tenant Rent Stabilization Program

We work with the Somerville Homeless Coalition to help residents who are at risk of becoming homeless due to unpaid rent or utilities. We can also help with moving costs, security deposits, and other start-up costs. Our goal is to keep Somerville families stable by helping them stay in their current homes or find attainable housing. To apply, call the Somerville Homeless Coalition at (617) 623-6111.

Section 8 Rentals

Section 8 is a federal program that helps very low-income families find clean and safe private apartment rentals. The assistance is given on behalf of the individual so that participants can rent privately-owned housing. This can include single-family housing, apartments, townhouses, and condos. The Somerville Housing Authority administers the Section 8 program. You can learn more here.

Housing for People With Disabilities

Under federal law, housing providers must not discriminate against people with disabilities. They must also make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. These laws apply regardless of whether the housing is public or private. For more information, contact us at (617) 625-6600 x2577.

Utility Assistance and Energy Efficiency

Also known as Fuel Assistance, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a state-run program to help families pay for winter heating bills. Eligible households may qualify to have a portion of their heating bills paid by the state. They’ll also receive a discounted rate on their utility bills. To see if you’re eligible, contact the City of Cambridge Department of Human Services at (617) 349-6252.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) offers insulation and repairs to help families stay warm and conserve fuel in the winter. If you qualify for fuel assistance, you’ll also qualify for the WAP. For more information, call (978) 459-6161.

Resource Guide for Homeless People and Very Low-Income Families

This guide is an extensive list of resources for homeless people and those who are at risk for becoming homeless. You’ll find contact information for local shelters, transitional housing, food services, emergency funding, and more. You can read the guide here

The Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund

The Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund helps preserve and create affordable rentals and homes in Somerville. All projects and programs benefit low to moderate income families that are at or below 110% of the area median income. The Trust makes it possible to offer many of the rental and homeownership opportunities you’ll find on this page. You can learn more about the Trust Fund here

The Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) and APRES SKI, LLC are pleased to announce an income-restricted homeownership opportunity at 13 Alpine St. for income-eligible households with a combined annual gross income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) and Street Retail Inc. are pleased to announce the resale of one (1) deed-restricted condominium(s) to an income eligible, first-time homebuyer household at a below market price through the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program. 375 Canal St. Unit #602 is a 1 BR unit and will be offered to a household with a yearly gross income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) at price tier P1.

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Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Federal Realty Investment Trust are pleased to announce an Income-Restricted Rental Lottery for thirty-one (31) income-restricted apartments for rent at Miscela in Assembly Square available through the City of Somerville Inclusionary Housing Program. There are five (5) studio apartments, sixteen (16) 1-bedroom apartments, eight (8) 2- bedroom apartments, one (1) 3-bedroom apartment, and one (1) 4-bedroom apartment are available for rent to income eligible households at below market rent through an application, lottery and income certification process.

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Information and Application Packets

Lottery Applications

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and 14 Ward Street LLC are pleased to announce four (4) income-restricted apartments for rent at 14 Ward St., Somerville available through the City of Somerville Inclusionary Housing Program. There is one (1) 1-bedroom apartment, two (2) 2-bedroom apartments and a 3-bedroom apartment available for rent to income eligible households at below market rent through an application, lottery and income certification process.

 

 

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SCC owns and manages 5 affordable apartments designated for certified artist located in the Metro 9 development at 9 Medford St. in Somerville. We are now accepting applications from income-eligible, certified artists for a one-bedroom apartment (unit 706) that is currently available and to create a waitlist for the 4 other artist apartments that will become available in the future.

Visit SCC's website for more information on this housing opportunity and to access applications.

Click here for more information regarding artist certifications.

The Somerville Community Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of eight (8) deed restricted condominiums to income eligible, first-time homebuyer households at a below market price with support from the City of Somerville Community Preservation Act. The units will be offered to eligible households earning 80% to 110% of the Area Median Income (AMI) through a pre-application and lottery process.

There will be seven two bedroom units and one three bedroom unit. The building is located near Union Square and is very close to the future Washington Street Green Line Stop. The application is due on Thursday, November 19th at 5pm and is available in English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Spanish. Please visit here for the applications and additional information. There will be a virtual information session at 6:00-8:00PM on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 if you have further questions. You can join using the following Zoom link:

http://bit.ly/163GlenNovInfoSession

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Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Cedar Development, LLC & Prospect Commons, LLC are pleased to announce eleven (11) income-restricted apartments for rent at 400 Mystic Ave. and 434 McGrath Hwy., Somerville available through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Four (4) 1BR and seven (7) 2BR apartments will be offered to income-eligible households at or below market-rate prices through an application and lottery process. Please visit https://www.400mystic.com/ and https://www.theprospectcommons.com/ to learn more about these properties.

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Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Cedar Murdock Partners, LLC are pleased to announce four (4) income-restricted condos available for purchase through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program, located at Cedar Place in Somerville (17-25 Murdock Street). Two and three-bedroom condos. will be offered to income-eligible households at below-market-rate prices via an application and lottery process. Please visit cedarplacesomervillema.com to learn more about this property.

Below are ads in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole (Nepali to come) that share dates and times of the open application period, open houses, information sessions and deadlines. The ads provide information about income requirements, unit descriptions & sales pricing, amenities and instructions on where information & application packets are available and methods of submission.

Please direct any inquiries regarding this opportunity to inclusionary@somervillema.gov or to 617-625-6600 ext. 2584.

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Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), in collaboration with the Craig Corporation are pleased to announce the affordable rental opportunity for one (1) rental apartment at 100 Fellsway West, Somerville. The apartment is available for rent through the Inclusionary Housing Program via an application and lottery process for income-eligible households with a combined gross income that meets the income eligibility requirements detailed below.

Preferences will be provided to households who currently reside or work full time in Somerville (32 hours or more per week) and provide current verification dated within the last thirty days from the date a complete application is submitted.

Address

Unit Type

Tier

Rent*

No. of Bedrooms

No. of Bathrooms

Approx. Size

(Sq. Ft.)

Minimum Household Size

100 Fellsway West

No. 303

2

$1,391

2

1

952

2

*Gas heating, electric cooking, electricity and water/sewage bills are paid separately by tenants and not included in rent

Household Size

Tier 2: Minimum and Maximum Annual Gross Income Limits**

1

NOT ELIGIBLE

2

$47,401 - $71,400

3

$53,351 - $80,300

4

$59,251 - $89,200

5

$64,001 - $96,350

6

$68,751 - $103,500

**Minimum income requirement waived for households with MRVP, Section 8, PASS or other mobile rental voucher

*** Head of household cannot be full-time student; other eligibility requirements apply.

100 Fellsway West is a four story building with 19 residential units. Apartment 303 is on the third floor and includes an outdoor parking space as well as an in-unit hookup for a laundry machine and dryer.

Additional restrictions apply for the apartment available through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program including: 1) the head of household cannot be a full time student and 2) an asset limit of $250,000 excluding restricted retirement, college savings and health plans. Inclusionary units must be the household’s primary principal residence. The units cannot be subleased; rooms cannot be placed on AirBnB or similar websites. Households who move into these units are subject to annual income re-certifications to ensure their continued eligibility.

Interested applicants should prepare to proceed with an income certification after the lottery if their number is selected first from the lottery wheel; the Housing Division recommends households begin to collect their: 1) 2018 Federal Tax Returns (all pages and schedules), W2s and 1099s, and 2) the most recent three (3) months of all income and all asset (ex. Bank, Venmo/ Paypal statements) statements. The City reserves the right to request more income/asset information during the income certification.

The Housing Division will host an information session to review income and asset eligibility requirements, the application, lottery process and restrictions. The first information session will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in the third floor Community Room of the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), 259 Lowell St. in Somerville.

Pre-lottery information and application packets will be available starting Monday, October 28, 2019 through 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. October 28, information and pre-lottery applications can also be printed from the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program website or picked up at the City Hall Annex located at 50 Evergreen Ave., City Hall located at 93 Highland Ave., and the Somerville Public Library branches. Complete pre-lottery applications must be submitted and received by the Housing Division located on the first floor of the Somerville City Hall Annex at 50 Evergreen Ave. by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Applications must be completed and signed by all adult household members. Applicants must write “N/A” in sections that do not apply and should not leave any part of their application blank. Incomplete and late application will not be accepted. Applications submitted late, by piece-meal or in screen shots.

Complete and eligible pre-lottery applications received before the deadline will be included in the lottery scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Applicants do not need to attend the lottery to proceed with an income certification. The lottery will be available to watch on Youtube at SomervilleCityTV. The winner will be notified immediately after the lottery and will have five business days to submit initial income and asset documents. Lottery results will be posted on the City of Somerville Inclusionary Housing website by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Complete applications can be submitted via email to inclusionary@somervillema.gov, via fax at 617-591-3235, or mail and in person at the Annex. The Housing Division is open from Monday-Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you have any additional questions regarding this opportunity please contact Andres Bueno at 617-625-6600 ext. 2584.

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The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or NSalamoun@somervillema.gov.

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and 260 Beacon, LLC are pleased to announce two (2) income-restricted condos available for purchase through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program, located at 260 Beacon Street, Somerville. Two 2.5 bedroom condos. will be offered to income-eligible households at below-market-rate prices via an application and lottery process. Please visit https://beacon260.com/ to learn more about this property.

Information and Application Packets will be first accessible starting at 11AM on Thursday September 19th, 2019 at the first (1st) information session. Then, starting Monday September 23rd, 2019, application materials will be available on the Inclusionary Housing Program webpage, at the Somerville Public Library branches, City Hall and the City Hall Annex.

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Information and Application Packet

Starting Monday September 23, 2019, hard copies of the Information Packet will be available at Somerville City Hall, Somerville’s Housing Division and the Somerville Public Libraries (East and Main Branch).

Unit Descriptions

Address

Unit Type

Tier

Sales Prices*

Monthly Condo Fee**

No. of BRs & Bathrooms

Approx. Size

(Sq. Ft.)

Minimum Household Size

260 Beacon Street

No. 203

2

$177,435

$75

2.5

1,524

2

No. 206

3

$256,805

$106

1,532

*One deeded parking space in garage per unit is included in the price.

**Condo fees are set by the Condo Association and are subject to change after initial year.

Income Eligibility Requirements

Gross Annual Income Eligibility Requirements Adjusted by Household Size

Household Size

Unit 203 (2BR)

Tier 2

Unit No. 206 (2BR)

Tier 3

2

$71,400

$71,401 - $99,750

3

$80,300

$80,301 - $112,200

4

$89,200

$89,201 - $124,630

5

$96,350

$96,351 - $134,650

6

$103,500

$103,501 - $144,600

Head of household cannot be full-time student; Units subject to Affordable Housing Restriction in perpetuity, other restrictions may apply.

All applicants should attend an information session and read the Information/Application Packet before submitting an application.

IMPORTANT DATES

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Date & Time

Location

Thursday September 19th, 2019 at 11AM

Visiting Nurse Association of Eastern Massachusetts (VNA)

259 Lowell Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Thursday October 17th, 2019 at 6PM

East Somerville Community School (ESCS) Auditorium

50 Cross Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Please use Cross Street Entrance

OPEN HOUSES

Tuesday September 24th, 2019

5:30PM-7:30PM

260 Beacon Street

Somerville, MA 02143

Saturday October 19th, 2019

11AM-1PM

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Monday November 18th, 2019 at 2PM

Applications must be completed and delivered before 2PM

to the Housing Division at 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145

Faxed to: 617-591-3235 or

Emailed to: inclusionary@somervillema.gov

 

Late, incomplete or applications submitted in piecemeal, will not be entered into the lottery.

Applications sent to other emails or faxes will not be accepted.

 

LOTTERY

Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 3PM

City Hall Councilor Chambers @ 93 Highland Ave., Somerville

or viewed on Youtube.com/SomervilleCityTV

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or nsalamoun@somervillema.gov.

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Block Properties, LLC are pleased to announce two (2) income-restricted apartments available for rent through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program, located at 3 Ward Street, Somerville (commercial address is 44 Medford Street). A studio and a three (3)-bedroom apartment will be offered to income-eligible households at  below market-rate rents via an application and lottery process.

Information and Application Packets will be first accessible starting at 11AM on Thursday August 1, 2019 at the first (1st) information session. Then, starting Monday August 5th, 2019, application materials will be available on the Inclusionary Housing Program webpage, at the Somerville Public Library branches, City Hall and the City Hall Annex.

Information Flyers

Unit Descriptions

Address

Unit Type

Tier

# of Units available

Rent*

No. of

Bathrooms

Approx. Size

Floor

No. of People in Household

3 Ward Street

Studio (Unit 303)

1

1

$917

1

679 sq. ft.

3rd

1-2 Persons

3BR

(Unit 204)

2

1

$1,728

2

1,260 sq. ft.

2nd

3-6 Persons

*Tenants pay electric heating, gas cooking and hot water. Applicable pet ($25) and parking fees ($75) are deducted from rent

Income Eligibility Requirements

Gross Annual Income Range Requirements**  Adjusted by Household Size

Household Size***

Unit 303 (Studio)

Tier 1 (<50% AMI)

Unit 204 (3BR)

Tier 2 (51%-80% AMI)

1

$24,888 -$41,500

N/A

2

$24,888-$47,400

N/A

3

N/A

$53,351-$80,300

4

N/A

$59,251-$89,200

5

N/A

$64,001-$96,350

6

N/A

$68,751-$103,500

**Minimum income requirement waived for households with MRVP, Section 8, PASS or other mobile rental voucher

*** Head of household cannot be full-time student; other eligibility requirements apply.

All applicants should attend an information session and read the Information/Application Packet before submitting an application

IMPORTANT DATES

Information Sessions

Date & Time

Location

Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 11AM

Visiting Nurse Association of Eastern Massachusetts (VNA)

259 Lowell Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

at 6PM

The Armory

191 Highland Ave. #1C, Somerville, MA 02143

Late or incomplete applications will not be entered into the lottery.

Applications sent to other emails or faxes will not be accepted.

Your application should be submitted as one document (no screenshots or submission of individual pages)

Application Deadline

Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 2PM

Applications must be completed and delivered before 2PM to the

Housing Division at 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145

Faxed to: 617-591-3235 or

Emailed to: inclusionary@somervillema.gov

Lottery

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at 11AM

City Hall Councilor Chambers located

at 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143

or viewed on Youtube.com/SomervilleCityTV

 

 

 


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or nsalamoun@somervillema.gov.

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Shree Ganesh Realty Trust & Darin Associates are pleased to announce two (2) income-restricted apartments located at 1119-1133 Broadway and 38 Day Street, Somerville. The two (2) one-bedroom (1BR) apartments will be offered to income-eligible households at an affordable rent via an application and lottery process through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program.

Information and Application Packets will be first accessible starting 6:30PM Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the first (1st) information session. Starting Monday May 13th, 2019, application materials will be available on the Inclusionary Housing Program webpage, at all three (3) public libraries, City Hall and City Hall Annex.

Information Flyers and Application

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Unit Descriptions

Address

Unit No. & Type

Rent*

No. of Bathrooms

Approx. Size (Sq. Ft.)

1119-1133 Broadway

No. 8

1BR

$874

1

588

38 Day Street

Unit C

1BR

$874

1

390

*Rent does not include electricity and gas

Income Eligibility Requirements

Household Size*

Annual Gross Income Range Requirement**

Adjusted by Household Size

1

$24,264-$37,750

2

$24,264-$43,150

3

$24,264-$48,550

*Both head of households cannot be full-time students, other eligibility requirements may also apply.

**Minimum income requirement waived for households with rental vouchers

All applicants should attend an information session and read the information packet before submitting an application

Important Dates

Information

Sessions

Date & Time

Location

Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 6:30 PM

East Somerville Community School Auditorium:

50 Cross Street Somerville, MA 02145

(Cross Street entrance)

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

at 11:00 AM

Visiting Nurse Association of Eastern Massachusetts (VNA)

259 Lowell Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Late or incomplete applications will not be entered into the lottery.

Applications sent to other emails or faxes will not be accepted.

Application Deadline

Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 2PM

Applications must be completed and delivered by 2PM

to the Housing Division at

50 Evergreen Ave.,

Somerville, MA 02145,

Faxed to: 617-591-3235 or

Emailed to: inclusionary@somervillema.gov

Lottery

Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 11AM

City Hall Aldermanic Chambers located

@ 93 Highland Ave., Somerville

or viewed on Youtube.com/SomervilleCityTV

Lottery Drawing Results

An affordable housing lottery for Rail & Glass Condominiums was held at Somerville City Hall on March 28, 2019. View the lottery drawing and results below.

PDF icon Rail & Glass Lottery List for Unit 205- 3BR at 80.pdf

PDF icon Rail & Glass Lottery List for Unit 101- 2BR at 80%.pdf

PDF icon Rail & Glass Lottery List for Unit 204- 2BR at 110%.pdf

131 Orchard St.

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Lacourt Enterprises, LLC. are pleased to announce two (2) affordable rental units located at the Chadwick in Davis The Chadwick is a 28 unit, four-story brick building with an elevator located at 131 Orchard Street. Two (2) units, including a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom, will be offered to income-qualified households at an affordable rent via an application and lottery process through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program.

 

1BR

Unit 31 for households with incomes 51% - 80% AMI

 

How many persons are in your household?

Is your household’s gross annual
income between the ranges below?*

Monthly Rent: $1,031**

1

$37,751 - $56,800

2

$43,151 - $64,900

3

$48,551 - $73,000

 

2 BR

Unit B1 for households with incomes at or below 50% AMI

 

How many persons are in your household?

Is your household’s gross annual
income between the ranges below?*

Monthly Rent: $1,202**

2

$20,280 - $43,150

3

$20,280 - $48,550

4

$20,280 - $53,900

 

*Minimum incomes are not applicable to Section 8 or other voucher holders

**Rents do not include the cost of electricity, heat is electric

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Application Timeline

  1. Open Application Begins: After the conclusion of the 1st Info. Session.
  2. 1st Info. Session: 6:30PM, Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ East Somerville Community School (ESCS) Auditorium located at 50 Cross Street in Somerville
  3. 2nd Info. Session: 10:30AM, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) 4th Floor located at 405 Alewife Brook Pkwy. in Somerville (please park at Dilboy Field)
  4. Application Deadline: 2:30PM, Monday, December 3, 2018 at 50 Evergreen Ave. in Somerville
  5. Lottery Date: 10:30AM, Monday, December 17, 2018 @ Aldermanic Chambers City Hall located at 93 Highland Ave. Somerville

If you have any other questions please contact Andres Bueno, Program Specialist at 617-625-6600 ext.2584 or abueno@somervillema.gov.

 

 

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Rail and Glass, LLC are pleased to announce three (3) income-restricted condos located at 25-37 Woodbine Street. Units will be ready for occupancy upon purchase. Applications are only available between Jan. 10th at 6:30 PM to March 11th 2019 at 2 p.m. 

At the conclusion of the first info session on Jan. 10th, applications will be available at somervillema.gov at City Hall, the Somerville Public Libraries and at the Housing Division Office.

For more information on Rail and Glass visit www.railandglass.com to view information about the amenities, floor plans, and development in general.

Unit # & Type Sales Price* Monthly Condo Fee # Bathrooms Approx. Size (Sq. Ft.) Min. Household Size

80% Area Median Income (AMI) Units

101 2 BR $176,269 $72 1 1,020 2
205 3 BR $201,789 $74 2 1,352 3

81-110% AMI Unit

204 2 BR $250,113 $102 2 1,166 2

*One deeded parking space in garage per unit is included in the price
**Condo fees are set by the Condo Association after initial year and are subject to change

 

Gross Annual Income Ranges

(Adjusted by Household Size and Unit
Household Size Units 101 & 205 set at 80% AMI Unit No. 204 set at 81-110% AMI
2 (Not eligible for Unit 205) $64,900 $64,901 - $94,864
3 $73,000 $73,001 – $106,800
4
4 $81,100 $81,001 - $118,580
5
5 $87,600 $81,001 - $118,580
5

Both head of households cannot be full-time students; units subject to Affordable Housing Restriction in perpetuity, other restrictions may apply. Please refer to information packet and application for more information.

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session and open house before
submitting an application.

Info Sessions: No. 1-Thurs. Jan. 10, 2019 6:30PM: ESCS Auditorium @ 50 Cross Street, Somerville (Cross St. entrance) No. 2- Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 11AM- 12PM: VNA @ 259 Lowell Street, Somerville

Open Houses: No.1- Sat. Jan. 12 at 10AM-12PM & No. 2- Tues. Feb. 12 at 6PM-8PM @ 25-37 Woodbine Street, Somerville

All households must submit a valid first-time homebuyer’s training class certificate OR proof of current enrollment in a firsttime homebuyer’s training class ending before May 15th 2019 AND a mortgage pre-approval letter incl. an interest rate/range valid through the lottery date.

Application Deadline: Applications must be completed and delivered before 2PM on Monday March 11, 2019 to the City
of Somerville Housing Division at 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145, faxed to 617-666-8035 or emailed to:
inclusionary@somervillema.gov

Late or incomplete applications will not be entered into the lottery. Applications sent to other emails will not be
accepted.

Lottery: Mon. March 28, 2019 at 11AM @ the City Hall Aldermanic Chambers located @ 93 Highland Ave., Somerville or viewed at www.youtube.com/SomervilleCityTV

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 Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or nsalamoun@somervillema.gov 

 

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development (OSPCD) are pleased to announce the RESALE of a 2-bedroom condo at 50 Bow Street, available for homeownership to an income-eligible households between 81% and 110% AMI at an affordable price of $260,627 through the City of Somerville's Inclusionary Housing Program.

Applications are accessible at:

  • The Information Session or Open Houses (see details below); 
  • This link
  • City Hall Annex located at 50 Evergreen Ave, City Hall and all City of Somerville Public Library branches

50 Bow St. #3 is a 2 bedroom garden unit that is 957 sq. ft. located in Union Square. This unit will be offered to income eligible, ready buyers who can enter into a Purchase and Sales Agreement within 15 days after the City certifies income eligibility. Interested buyers should be ready to proceed and meet the income eligibility guidelines. This property is Deed Restricted and the sale price is set by formula. Buyers of this unit will be subject to the same equity and resale provisions.

Unit #3  
Sale Price of $260,627
957 sq. ft. Two bedroom unit with one bathroom
estimated monthly condo fee of $178.02 (subject to annual changes)

Review this flyer for qualification details: PDF icon EnglishPDF icon PortuguesePDF icon SpanishPDF icon Haitian-Creole

Information Session

Monday, Oct. 29 12:30-1:30PM in the Auditorium of the Somerville Public Library Central Branch located at 79 Highland Ave., Somerville on the 1st floor across from the circulation desk

Open House Dates

50 Bow Street on Sunday, Nov. 4:  11:30AM-1:30PM AND Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:00-8:00PM

Application Deadline

Thursday, Nov. 8th at 6:30 PM at 50 Evergreen Ave. Somerville, MA

Lottery

Monday, Nov. 26 at 11:00AM at City Hall Aldermanic Chambers at 93 Highland Ave., Somerville

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be income eligible, first-time homebuyers.
  • Minimum household of two (2) persons. Both co-head of households cannot be full-time students.
  • May not rent out, sublet or Airbnb unit under any circumstance.
  • The unit must be used as the buyers’ primary and principal residence and is subject to annual monitoring.
  • Deed Restrictions regarding equity and re-sale of the unit will apply.

Application & Lottery Process

  1. Applications must be complete and submitted to the Housing Division, along with a: I) mortgage pre-approval for a 30-year fixed rate standard mortgage including an interest rate or interest range, II) a copy of a valid first time homebuyer certificate or proof of enrollment in a first time homebuyers training class ending before Nov. 30th 2018
  2. Eligible households will be notified of their participation in the lottery ahead of the lottery via email.
  3. The first household pulled at the time of lottery must submit the most recent three (3) months of all income, asset statements and the last three (3) years of federal tax returns; additional documents may be requested.
  4. The City’s Housing Division will issue a Proceed Letter to an eligible household.

Application Deadline

Applications must be completed and delivered before 10:30 AM on Friday, October 26, 2018 to the City of Somerville Housing Division at 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145 or emailed to abueno@somervillema.gov or ipcabadas@somervillema.gov, Late applications cannot be considered.

For additional questions or eligibility requirements, please go to somervillema.gov or contact Andres Bueno at 617-625-6600 x 2584 or abueno@somervillema.gov.


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s Manager of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or nsalamoun@somervillema.gov

OPORTUNIDAD DE REVENTA POR EL PROGRAMA de VIVIENDA INCLUSIVA

Alcalde Joseph A. Curtatone y la Oficina de Planeamiento Estratégico y Desarollo de la Comunidad (OSPCD) se complacen en anunciar la REVENTA de un condominio en 50 Bow Street a un hogar que es comprador por primera vez y elegible por ingresos, a un precio económico de $260,627 ofrecido por el programa de Viviendas Inclusivas de la Ciudad de Somerville.

Solicitudes NO ESTÁN disponibles antes del 29 de Octubre. Solicitudes estarán disponibles por:

50 Bow St. #3, Union Square es una unidad de 2 cuartos y de nível jardín con una área de 957 p2. Esta unidad será ofrecida a compradores preparados por primera vez y con ingresos elegibles que puedan entrar en un Acuerdo de Compra y Venta en 15 días siguiendo la certificación de elegibilidad por el Departamento de Viviendas de La Ciudad de Somerville. Compradores interesados deben estar preparados para proceder y cumplir con las restricciones y requísitos de elegibilidad de ingreso. Compradores de esta unidad serán sujetos a las mismas disposiciones de valor de la vivienda y reventa.

Sesión Informativa

Lunes, 29 de Oct. 12:30-1:30PM en el Auditorio de la Biblioteca Pública Central de Somerville unbicado en 79 Highland Ave., Somerville en el primer piso opuesto de la mesa de circulación

Fechas de Casa Abierta

Domingo, 4 de Nov.: 11:30AM-1:30PM Y Miércoles,7 de Nov. a las 6:00-8:00PM

Fecha Límite

Jueves 7 de Nov. a las 6:30PM a 50 Evergreen Ave. Somerville, MA 02145 

Lotería

Lunes, 26 de Nov. a las 11AM en City Hall Aldermanic Chambers ae 93 Highland Ave., Somerville

Requísitos de Elegibilidad

  • Solicitantes necesitan ser elegibles por ingresos y ser compradores de primera vez;
  • Ambos jefes de familia no pueden ser estudiantes de tiempo completo; Un mínimo de dos (2) personas;
  • No se permite rentar o subalquilar o Airbnb la unidad; 
  • La unidad tiene que ser su residencia principal y sujeto a monitoreo anualmente; 
  • Se aplicará Restricciones de Escritura sobre la reventa y participación en la unidad

PROCESO de INSCRIPCION  Y LOTERIA

  1. Aplicaciones estarán disponibles Lunes 13 de Agosto en: somervillema.gov/inclusionaryhousing o en la oficina del Departamento de Viviendas que se encuentra en City Hall Annex ubicado en: 50 Evergreen Ave, y  también en City Hall y las bibliotecas de la Cuidad de Somerville
  2. Aplicaciones completas tienen que ser entregadas al Dpto. de Viviendas con: I) una carta de pre-aprobación de hipoteca actual incluyendo  tasa/rango de interés, II) certificado válido de clase de capacitación para compradores de vivienda con fecha dentro de los últimos 3 años a partir de la fecha límite de solicitud o comprobante de inscripción actual en una clase de capacitación para compradores de vivienda nueva antes del 26 de Nov.
  3. Las viviendas elegibles serán notificadas de su elegibilidad y participación en la lotería antes de la lotería por correo electrónico. Al momento de la lotería, la primera vivienda escogida tendrá que entregar comprobantes de ingreso, cuentas bancarias y activos de los tres (3) meses más recientes y los últimos tres (3) años de declaraciones de impuestos federales, documentos adicionales pueden ser pedidos.
  4. El Departamento de Viviendas emitirá una carta “Proceed Letter” a una vivienda elegible y en ese momento tendrá 15 días para entrar a un Acuerdo de Compra y Venta.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de solicitud, comuníquese con Andres Bueno al 617-625-6600 x2584 o por correo electrónico a abueno@somervillema.gov
 
Personas con discapacidades que necesitan ayudas y servicios auxiliares para comunicación efectiva, materiales escritos en formatos alternativos o modificaciones razonables en políticas y procedimientos, para acceder a los programas y actividades de la Ciudad de Somerville o para asistir a reuniones, deben contactar al administrador de la Ciudad de diversidad, equidad e inclusión, Nency Salamoun, al 617-625-6600 x2323
 

OPORTUNIDADE PARA COMPRA de CASA COM PREÇO ACESSÍVEL

O prefeito Joseph A. Curtatone e o Escritório de Planejamento Estratégico e Desenvolvimento Comunitário (OSPCD) têm  o prazer de anunciar a REVENDA de uma unidade de condomínio com dois quartos com restrição de venda a um preço acessível de US $ 260,627 através de um sistema de loteria do programa de moradias accessíveis da Cidade de Somerville. As inscrições NÃO ESTARÃO disponíveis antes de 29 de outubro de 2018.  As fichas de inscrições podem ser acessadas:

50 Bow St. #3 e uma unidade de dois quartos de 957 pés/quadrados, localizada na Union Square. Esta unidade será oferecida a compradores elegíveis de acordo com a renda, aptos a firmar um contrato de compra e venda dentro de 15 dias após a Cidade certificar a elegibilidade deste. Os compradores interessados devem estar prontos para prosseguir e atender às diretrizes de elegibilidade de renda. Esta propriedade tem restrição de venda e o preço é definido por fórmula. Os compradores desta unidade estarão sujeitos às mesmas disposições de patrimônio.            

Unidade #3
957 pés/quadrados, Unidade de 2 quartos e 1 banheiro
Preço de Venda $260,627
Mensalidade de condomínio $178.02

Sessão Informativa 

Segunda-feira, 29 de outubro, 12:30hs às 13h30, na Auditório do Biblioteca Pública de Somerville localizada na 79 Highland Ave, no primeiro piso, em frente a  recepção.

Visitas ao Local

Domingo  4 de novembro:  11h30-13h30 e Quarta-feira, 7 de novembro 18h-20h

Prazo de inscrição

Quinta-Feira, 8 de novembro às 18h30 na 50 Evergreen Ave. Somerville, MA 02145

Loteria

Segunda-feira, 26 de novembro às 11h na City Hall Aldermanic Chambers, na 93 Highland Ave., Somerville

Regras

• Os candidatos devem ser elegíveis para renda, compradores de imóveis pela primeira vez.
• Família mínima de duas (2) pessoas. O chefe de família não pode ser um estudante em tempo integral.
• A unidade deve ser usada como residência principal dos compradores. Esta propriedade não pode ser alugada.
• Restrições de ações relativas a capital e revenda da unidade serão aplicadas.
• Outros requisitos e restrições de elegibilidade podem ser aplicados.

PROCESSO DEINSCRIÇÃO E LOTERIA

  1. As inscrições estarão disponíveis no site www.somervillema.gov/inclusionaryhousing , no City Hall Anexo localizado na 50 Evergreen Ave ou no SomerViva, na 93 Highland Ave, Somerville, basement. 2. As inscrições completas devem ser submetidas à Divisão de Habitação, juntamente com: a) Pré-aprovação de hipoteca padrão de taxa fixa de 30 anos incluindo uma taxa de juros ou intervalo de juros b) Os candidatos devem obter um certificado do curso de compradores de imóveis pela primeira vez ou comprovante de matrícula que termina antes de 12 de outubro de 2018.
  2. As famílias elegíveis serão notificadas da sua participação na lotaria antes do sorteio via email. Depois da loteria, a primeira família sorteada deve apresentar os comprovantes de bens dos últimos três (3) meses e os últimos três (3) anos de declarações de impostos de renda federais;  documentos adicionais podem ser solicitados.
  3. A Divisão de habitação da prefeitura emitirá uma Carta de Ação parao  domicílio elegível.

Para mais informações sobre o processo da aplicação Andres Bueno no telefone: 617-625-6600 ext. 2584 ou via email: abueno@somervillema.gov

Os indivíduos com deficiência que necessitam de  serviços auxiliares para comunicação efetiva, materiais escritos em formatos alternativos ou modificações razoáveis nas políticas e  procedimentos para acessar os programas e atividades da Cidade de Somerville ou para participar de reuniões, devem entrar em contato com a responsável pelo departamento de Equidade, Diversidade e Inclusão da Cidade, Nency Salamoun, no 617-625-6600 x2323 ou nsalamoun@somervillema.gov

OPÒTINITE POU ACHTE YON KAY ABÒDAB ATRAVÈ TON VANT

Majistra Joseph A. Curtatone ak Biwo Devlòpman Ekonomik ak Planifikasyon Estratejik (OSPCD) gen plezi pou anonse ke yon batiman ki gen de chanm akouche gen pou nan mache pou REVANN pou yon fwaye ki gen yon revni elijib nan yon pri abòdab de $260,627 atravè Odonans Dekoupaj Enklizif Somerville la. Aplikasyon Yo Pa Disponib anvan 29 Oktob, 2018. Jwenn aplikasyon nan:

Se sou selon revni w ou kapab kalifye pou apatman sa,  moun ki prè pou achte ki ka pa pè pou gen yon kontra Dacha ak Vant nan 15 jou aprè vil la fin sètifye moun ki gen revni elijib la. Moun ki enterese pou achte yo dwe sipoze prè pou kontinye epi respekte kritè elijibilite yo. Pwopwiyete sa yon kontra limite epi pri de vant lan pral varye.  Pou moun ka p achte batiman sa a, si li ap revann, se pou li kenbe men to li te achte l la.

Apatman #3
genyen 957 m2 ak 2 chanm ak kouche ak yon sèl twalèt
Pri dacha se  $260,627
Frè pou condo a pa mwa se $178.02

Sesyon Enfòmasyon 

yo pral fèt nan 10:30-11:30AM, Lendi 29 Oktòb, 2018 nan Oditoryòm nan Branch Santral Somerville ki sitiye nan 79 Highland Ave. Somerville nan premye etaj la

Kay la Ouvri Pandan Jounen An

4 Novanm, 11:30AM-1:30PM NAN 7 Novan,  6:00-8:00PM

Dat Limit Aplikasyon

6:30PM, Jedi 8 Novanm nan 50 Evergreen Ave. Somerville, MA 02145

Lotri

Lendi, 11:00AM 26 Novanm nan City Hall Aldermanic Chambers nan 93 Highland Ave., Somerville

Kondisyon pou Kalifye

  • Aplikan yo dwe elijib, spesyalman achtè pou lapremye fwa yo; fwaye ki gen 2 moun epi yo dwe bay yon sètifika  dachèvman  (nan 3 denyè ane yo) oswa yon lèt deskripsyon  ke ouy te pran kou  pou  moun k ap achte kay pou pwemye fwa
  • Aplikan an pa bezwenn abite oswa travay nan  Somerville;si w se yon etidyan an plen tan, ou pap ka elijib pou kay la
  • Apatman an dwe itilize kom rezidans prensipal pou moun ki achte l la 
  • Lòt kondisyon elijibilite ak restriksyon yo ka aplike 
  • Gen restriksyon nan dokiman legal kay la a pwopo de kiyès ki kapab abite nan kay lè kay la revann

PWOSESIS POU APLIKASYON AN

  • Aplikasyon yo ap disponib sou  somervillema.gov/inclusionaryhousing oubyen nan annex meri a ki nan 50 Evergreen Ave 
  • Soumèt aplikasyon an nan Housing Division avèk yon: I) yon dokiman ki montre ke ou kalifye pou yon ipotèk pou 30 an ki inkli to enterè a. II) Kopi yon sètifika ke w app ran yon kou pou moun k ap achte kay pou pwemye fwa avant 12 Oktòb 2018 III) Verifikasyon ke wap travay (30 èd tan) oubyen wa p viv a plen tan nan Somerville.
  • Na p fè tout moun ki kalifye nan lotri sa a konnen pae emèl. Lè nou revele moun ki genyen nan lotri a, fwayr yo sipoze genyen mwa tout revni, yon dokiman ki montre tout byen fwaye a genyen, ak 3 zan tax, nou kapab mande lòt dokiman pou w pwouve kalifikasyon w.
  • Seksyon lojman an ap voye yon lèt bay tout fwaye ki elijib.

Pou aplikasyon an oubyen plus enfòmasyon vizite www.somervillema.gov oubyen kontakete: Vil Somervil- Depatman lòjman Andres Bueno at 617-625-6600 x 2584 or abueno@somervillema.gov

Moun andikape ki bezwen èd ak sèvis pou kominikasyon efikas,  dokiman ekri nan lòt fòma, oswa modifikasyon rezonab pou politik ak pwosedi., yon fason pou jwenn aksè nan pwogram ak aktivite kap fèt nan vil la oswa pouk a patisipe nan reyinyon yo tou. Ou dwe kontakte Manadjè Divèsite, ekite ak enklisyon, Nency Salamoun, nan 617-625-6600 x2323oswa nsalamoun@somervillema.gov.

 

 
 

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Street Realty Inc. are pleased to announce 15 income-restricted homeownership units located at Alloy, Assembly Row 275 Foley Street, Somerville. Units will be ready for occupancy upon purchase. 

Review this flyer for qualification details: PDF icon EnglishPDF icon PortuguesePDF icon SpanishPDF icon Haitian

If you are a Somerville resident seeking language assistance in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole for the Alloy Information and Pre-Lottery Application Packet, please contactSomerViva. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

If you live outside of Somerville and seeking language assistance in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole for the Alloy Information and Pre-Lottery Application, please contact SEB at seb.housing@gmail.com or at 617-782-6900.

Si w se yon rezidan Somerville, epi ou bezwen tradiksyon an kreyòl Ayisyen pou aplikasyon sa a tanpri rele 617-625-6600 EXT.2622. Si w bezwen aksede sevis sa a tanpri rele pou yon randevou.

Si w abite an deyò Somerville epi ou bezwen tradiksyon an panyòl,pòtigè, oubyen kreyòl ayisyen pou enfomasyon sou applikasyon Alloy la oubyen lotri a tanpri kontakte SEB nanseb.housing@gmail.com oubyen nan 617-782-6900.

Si ud. es residente de Somerville buscando asistencia lingüística para el Paquete de Información y Solicitud para Alloy, contacte al: 617-625-6600 EXT. 2122. SOLO CON CITA PREVIA.Si ud. viva afuera de Somerville y buscando asistencia lingüística para el Paquete de Información y Solicitud para Alloy, contacte SEB a: seb.housing@gmail.com o 617-782-6900. 

Se você é residente em Somerville e precisa de assistência em Português para informações sobre o Edifício Alloy e o pacote de informações da pré-loteria, por favor ligue para 617-625-6600 extensão 2123. ATENDIMENTO SOMENTE COM HORA MARCADA.

Se você reside fora de Somerville e e precisa de assistência em Português para informações sobre o Edifício Alloy e o pacote de informações da pré-loteria, por favor entre em contato com a SEB pelo email seb.housing@gmail.com ou telephone 617-782-6900.

Information and Application Packets

Information Sessions

Info Session no. 1

                Date: Thursday, Oct. 11th 2018

                Time: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

                Place: ESCS Auditorium

Info Session no. 2

                Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13th 2018

                Time: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

                Place: VNA 405 Alewife Brook Parkway (please park in Dilboy Field lot)

Open House no. 1

                Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24th 2018

                Time: 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

                Place: Alloy Condominium Complex

Open House no. 2

                Date: Saturday, Nov. 10th 2018

                Time: 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

                Place: Alloy Condominium Complex

Application Deadline

                Date: Monday, December 10th  2018

                Time: 2 PM

Applications must be completed and submitted before 2 PM via one of the following means;

In person: SEB at 257 Hillside Ave in Needham, MA 02494; or

City Hall Annex 50 Evergreen Ave Somerville, MA 02145; or

Email: Alloy.affordable@gmail.com; or

Fax: 617-782-4500

Lottery

                Date: Wednesday, January 9th 2019

                Time: 10:30 AM

                Place: City Hall Aldermanic Chambers on 2nd Fl. 

                Or online at https://www.youtube.com/user/SomervilleCityTV

A 2BR income-restricted unit is currently available for purchase to first-time homebuyers with incomes at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) please see Annual Gross Income Limits table below as the limit is adjusted by household size. This two bedroom two bath is located at 135 Willow Avenue. The purchase price is $188,197 plus a monthly condo fee of $170.02. If you are interested in purchasing this resale available through Team Jen and Lynn at Thalia Tringo & Associates Real Estate, they can be reached at teamjenandlynn@thaliatringorealestate.comor 617-616-5091.

Please note: Offers with complete applications including a first-time homebuyers certificate or verification of enrollment in a course which will end by July 2018 and a mortgage pre-approval letter for a 30 year fixed mortgage including an interest rate/range are due by Wednesday, May 17th at 11 AM to Team Jen and Lynn.

Important Resources

Inclusionary Housing Programs Income Limits

2017 PMSA Boston, MA Area Median Income Limits

No. of persons

80% AMI

1

Ineligible for 2BR

2

$62,550

3

$70,350

4

$78,150

5

$84,450

 

A 1BR inclusionary homeownership unit is currently available for purchase to first-time homebuyers with incomes at 80% AMI or below (please see Annual Gross Income Limits table below). This 1BR, one bath is 520 sq. ft. and located at 429 Norfolk Street. It is part of a fifty unit complex, Union Place. The purchase price is $138,672 and monthly condo fee will initially be $177.00. If you are interested in purchasing this unit, please read the information packet. This unit is a resale available through Realtor, Sharon Ronkin, at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, her contact information can be found below.

Please note: Offers with complete applications including income and asset documentation are due Wednesday, May 2nd at 11 a.m.

Annual Gross Income Limits at 80% Area Median Income

Adjusted by household size for PMSA Boston, MA (2017)

1 person household

$54,750

2 person household

$62,550

3 person household

$70,350

Contact

Sharon Ronkin CBR,GRI, CRS,REALTOR®
Senior Global Real Estate Advisor
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
N.E Prime Properties
Boston/Cambridge/North Shore
781-307-1293
E: sronkin@ownnewengland.com

Thank you for your interest in the affordable rental units at Montaje in Assembly Row. The application period and waitlist for these units is now closed; the lottery was held on Monday, Dec. 11th 2017 at City Hall. SEB LLC, the consultant hired by Street Realty Inc. held the lottery for 56 income-restricted units available through the Inclusionary Housing Program. Click here to view a video of the lottery. One thousand seven hundred and seventy eight (1,778) complete applications for eligible households were submitted before the application deadline and included in the lottery. Only eligible households were provided with an application number before the lottery by either email or mail. After the lottery households received waitlist numbers via email or mail for the type of unit and income limit they applied for. If an email address was not provided, a letter including the waitlist number should have been received during the week of Dec. 18th 2017.
To see where you are on the waitlist, click on the link with the unit type and area median income (AMI) you were found eligible for then, look for your application number (no. 1-1,778) to find your standing on the waitlist. Households with the first numbers for each unit type at both 50% and 80% AMI have been contacted by Greystar, the management company which runs background and credit checks first. If households pass the first screening with Greystar, SEB then runs an income certification whereby households are required to fill in a Documentation Requirements Guide which was sent by SEB in an email or by mail with your application number before the lottery. Additionally, households must submit income and asset documentation for the most recent three (3) months as well as the most recent tax returns. If you have any questions regarding your lottery number or application please contact SEB at 617-782-2300 x204 or seb.housing@gmail.com.  If you are on the waitlist and need to update your contact information please email or call Greystar at montaje@greystar.com or 617-623-0101.

Waiting Lists

For information on the units and process going forward, please reference the information packet found here.

If you missed this lottery but, would like to be notified of future income-restricted rental and homeownership units available through the Inclusionary Housing Program, sign up for notifications here.