Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Units in Melrose

In 2004, the City of Melrose adopted the Affordable Housing Incentive Program Ordinance (Section 235-73.1 of the Melrose Zoning Ordinance). This special permit, granted by the Planning Board, requires that residential and mixed-use development with five or more residential units include 10 percent of the units as affordable to households making up to 80 percent of the metropolitan Boston area median income as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The units are made available through a lottery for eligible households approved by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Planning and Community Development. Since the adoption of this Ordinance, the Office of Planning and Community Development has overseen 11 lotteries for 68 condominium and rental units.

The Office of Planning and Community Development does not own or manage any affordable units in Melrose.


Lotteries within the City of Melrose

Currently we no Lotteries in progress. 

To place your name on our contact list to receive information on future lotteries sponsored by the City of Melrose, please e-mail us with your name, address, and telephone number and with the subject line “affordable housing list.” The City maintains a mailing/notification list to notify interested parties of any affordable housing lotteries for both rental and homeownership units in Melrose when the application materials for those individual lotteries become available.


Waiting Lists for Affordable Rental Units within Melrose

Some properties maintain their own wait lists for affordable rental units:

  1. The Melrose Affordable Housing Corporation owns and manages affordable rentals within the City of Melrose. To learn about the availability of these units, contact Lisa Young at the Melrose Housing Authority at 781-665-1622 or email.
  2. Windsor at Oak Grove maintains a waiting list for the 14 affordable rental units previously offered in a March 2007 lottery. To learn more about the waiting list at Windsor at Oak Grove, visit the leasing office at 12 Island Hill Avenue or call 781-662-3900.
  3. Jack Flats maintains a waiting list for the 19 affordable rental units previously offered in two lotteries held in October 2013 and August 2014. To learn more about the waiting list at Jack Flats, visit the leasing office at 1000 Stone Place or call 781-662-2480.
  4. 2 Washington Street and 37/47 Washington Street maintains a waiting list for the 17 affordable rental units previously offered in two lotteries held in July 2015 and September 2016. To learn more about the waiting list at The Washingtons, visit the leasing office at 2 Washington Street or call 781-819-3090.

Homeownership and Rental Opportunities in Surrounding Communities

To learn more about homeownership and rental opportunities in surrounding communities call the community directly or visit the following websites:


Other Housing Resources

City of Boston’s Metrolist offers Boston residents with housing information and counseling services

Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Assistance Reference Guide provides information for those seeking information on housing for low and moderate income families and households


Workshop and Financial Assistance for First Time Homebuyers

First Time Home Buyers Workshops

Taking a First-Time Homebuyers workshop provides helpful information about the process of purchasing a home, including how to finance a home, understanding your credit history, and learning about financial assistance available. Often, this type of workshop for required for most first-time homebuyer programs and loans. These workshops are an excellent resource and we strongly encourage people interested in purchasing a home to take a workshop. Check the following websites for a workshop near you:

Financial Assistance

To qualify for the following programs, applicants must have taken a CHAPA certified first time homebuyers workshop (see above for listing).

Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance

The City of Melrose offers down payment and closing cost assistance through the North Suburban Consortium (NSC) to income-eligible applicants purchasing a condominium, townhouse, or single-family home in one of the eight NSC communities. The property to be purchased must not exceed the maximum sale price for the particular community in which the house is located. The maximum loan amount is $7,500, with the exact amount determined at the completion of the NSC underwriting process.

Additional information regarding eligibility and how to qualify can be found at the NSC’s website

Loan Programs


Creating Affordable Housing Opportunities

Grants and Loans for Creating Affordable Housing

The City of Melrose is a member of the North Suburban Consortium, which administers federal HOME funds. With these funds, the City has been able to financially support the development of affordable rental and home ownership opportunities within Melrose. HOME funds are available in the form of grants and loans and are administered on a rolling basis. Applications for HOME funds can be obtained through the City’s Office of Planning and Community Development, or 781-979-4190 or download the application at the North Suburban Consortium.