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Supporting the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities

A photo of MassHousing and Salem officials, a MassHousing mortgage borrower in Lawrence and multifamily developments in Gateway Cities

Clockwise from top-left: Mill Pond Apartments in Taunton; The Abreau family, MassHousing Mortgage borrowers in Lawrence; Market Mill in Lowell; and MassHousing representatives with Salem officials.

The 26 Gateway Cities in Massachusetts were formerly home to prosperous industries that offered residents a "gateway" to the American Dream. As jobs moved elsewhere and resources remained hard to come by, these midsize urban centers faced a number of challenges in maintaining their prosperity.

About Gateway Cities

The Massachusetts Legislature defines Gateway Cities as communities with population between 35,000 and 250,000 and median household income and rate of educational attainment of a bachelor's degree or above below the Commonwealth's average.

The 26 Gateway Cities are Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester.

MassHousing in Gateway Cities

MassHousing has a longstanding commitment to the revitalization of Massachusetts' Gateway Cities. These communities present many opportunities for affordable rental and homeownership. In the 2019 fiscal year alone, we provided

  • $169.1 million in financing to five rental communities with 1,322 units located in Gateway Cities
  • 2,061 first mortgage loans to homebuyers in Gateway Cities

Gateway City Tour

In recent years, MassHousing has embarked on a tour of the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities, meeting with local officials to learn more about each community's housing plans, challenges and needs. This local perspective helps to shape the Agency's products, programs and efforts.

Helpful Links

Housing Development Incentive Program

The Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) provides tax incentives to help Gateway Cities develop market-rate housing, support economic development, and promote neighborhood stabilization. Learn more.

Gateway Cities Innovation Institute

MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Institute supports Gateway Cities through research, polling and policy recommendations. Learn more.