The Neighborhood Hub

The Commonwealth's technical assistance program for community revitalization

Application Closed: The deadline to apply for the Neighborhood Hub's 2024-2027 funding round was January 10, 2024. Applications are not currently being accepted. Please check back soon for updates.

The Neighborhood Hub is a technical assistance program that supports neighborhood revitalization in communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Neighborhood Hub helps municipalities and their local or regional partners identify and implement strategies to repair and renew neighborhoods with high rates of vacant, abandoned and deteriorating homes. The program prioritizes communities that were disproportionality affected by the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledging that historic inequities have contributed to these disparities, the Neighborhood Hub will operate equitably to assist communities through this program's implementation.

The Neighborhood Hub is a multi-agency partnership that includes MassHousing, MassDevelopment, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), and the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC), in collaboration with the Attorney General's Office.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Hub email us at NeighborhoodHub@masshousing.com.

Request for Qualifications: Development Consultants to Support Small Developers

The Neighborhood Hub is seeking qualifications to establish a list of development consultants to consult small developers with housing projects in Gateway Cities. For more information, please see the full RFQ.

Information Session, February 28

MassHousing will host an informational webinar related to the Request for Qualifications: Development Consultants to Support Small Developers on Wednesday, February 28 at 11 a.m. Register here.

Program Overview

The Neighborhood Hub works with Gateway Cities and their regional and nonprofit partners for three years to provide technical assistance grants of up to $200,000 for comprehensive neighborhood revitalization projects.

Selected communities work with Neighborhood Hub staff and local partners to craft projects that respond to the specific needs of the community and neighborhood. For examples of Neighborhood Hub grant activities, view the current Neighborhood Hub projects highlighted below.

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Eligibility

The program is open to the 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth: 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.

The program is also open to projects that respond to a regional need. All regional projects require a Gateway City as the lead partner and require the identification of a target neighborhood or corridor for small-scale project implementation and focused technical assistance and support.

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Neighborhood Hub Communities

Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy (SCEMA)

On September 29, 2023, MassHousing and partners in Holyoke and Lynn presented to the Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy, an educational enterprise that builds capacity among leaders engaged in the making, administering and enforcing of state and municipal codes that protect the health, safety, well-being and sustainability of residential neighborhoods. The presentation covered small city code enforcement and how the Neighborhood Hub supports neighborhood revitalization by offering tailored technical assistance and capacity building to municipalities and partners.

The 2021 Neighborhood Hub Annual Symposium

Renew and Repair: Healthy, safe, and affordable homes in Massachusetts

The 2021 Neighborhood Symposium brought together professionals from housing, public health, government and other fields for a series of in-depth conversations on topics of particular interest for Massachusetts' 26 Gateway Cities: Healthy & Affordable Homes; Underused Lots for Affordable Homes; Local & Regional Partnerships for Affordable Homes; and Home Repairs, Rehabs & Remodels.

Housing in the Gateway Cities Webinar

On September 15, 2020, the Neighborhood Hub hosted a webinar on housing stabilization in the Gateway Cities. The webinar included a presentation by Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress, statements from State legislators and officials, and a conversation with local practitioners.

Data show Black and Latino residents increasingly purchasing in unstable Gateway City neighborhoods

In 2007, according to MassINC, 27 percent of the state's Black homebuyers purchased in Boston. But by 2017 that percentage had fallen to 11 percent, a 16-point drop. Over that same time period, the share of Black households purchasing homes in Gateway Cities jumped by 15 points, from 38 to 53 percent.