BELLINGHAM ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING FOR
PROGRAM EXTENDED TOWN-WIDE
The Town of Bellingham has received funding from the Massachusetts
Community Development Block Grant Program to continue the Bellingham
Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program (BRHRP), which assists low and
moderate income property owners in the two towns to make repairs to their
Eligible owners of 1- to 7-unit residential properties can receive up to $40,000 per
unit to make needed repairs. Funds may be used to repair roofs, plumbing or
electric systems, repair or replace heating and septic systems, increase energy
efficiency, make accessibility modifications or complete other needed repairs for
housing occupied by low and moderate income homeowners and renters. In prior
years, these funds were targeted to South Bellingham and properties in North
Bellingham were only eligible for emergency repairs (such as a failed heating or
septic system). This year the program has been expanded to serve eligible
homeowners anywhere in Bellingham or Hopedale.
Assistance is provided in the form of zero-interest deferred payment loans. No
repayment is required unless the property is sold or refinanced. At the end of
fifteen years the loan is forgiven and becomes a grant.
Income limits apply and a majority of the units in a multi-unit property must be
occupied by income-eligible owners or renters. All work is completed by licensed
and insured contractors that pre-register with the program and are supervised
Applications are now available and may be downloaded here and may be picked
up at the Bellingham Senior Center, 40 Blackstone Street, Town Clerk’s Office, 10
Mechanic Street, and the Community Development Office, 2 Mechanic Street (Old
Town Hall). Interested homeowners who are unable to download or pick up an
application may call the Community Development Office and request that an
application be mailed to them.
For additional information call the Bellingham Community Development Office at
508-657-2890 or 508-657-2891. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.