Developing and supporting affordable, safe and attractive housing for Somerville home owners and renters is the…More priority of this division. They work to increase the city's affordable housing stock, run closing cost/down payment assistance programs and provide 0% interest loans for home repairs and rehab to qualified residents.
Via the Lead Abatement Program, they offer 0% interest forgivable loans for the removal of lead from qualifying homes. For residents who meet income requirements, they offer free energy audits and weatherization as well as forgivable loans for heating system replacement. They also assist the Condominium Review Board with the condo conversion approval process.
Their web page links to numerous housing-related resources from information on foreclosure prevention and utility payment assistance programs to energy efficiency and tenant/landlord brochures.