The Department of Community Development administers housing rehabilitation programs (almost $500,000 per year), provides Fair Housing assistance and information.

In November 2008, Pittsfield was one of eighteen communities in the Commonwealth to receive a $75,000 grant from the state under their Gateway Plus Action Grant Program to housing conditions in Pittsfield's Morningside, Westside and downtown neighborhood.

Click here for more information and to read the full report: Gateway Grant Housing Study

HOUSING REHABILITATION

The City’s Home Improvement Program provides grants and/or low-interest-rate loans to income-eligible home- owners or landlords with lower income tenants for code-related home improvements such as correction of buildings state sanitary code violations.  Examples of these improvements include plumbing, electrical, repair of sewer lines, lead paint removal, new roofs and furnaces, vinyl siding and windows, porches, interior finish work, and foundation repairs.

The Department of Community Development staff provides technical assistance to applicants to guide them through the process of preparing a detailed description of the necessary repairs as well as assisting them in soliciting bids from general contractors.

Since its inception, the City’s Home Improvement Program has benefited over 1200 lower-income Pittsfield families and helps residents maintain pride in their property and their neighborhoods.

A separate Handicapped Ramp Grant Program provides grants to income eligible homeowners and tenants for the construction of exterior wheelchair ramps into housing units.

Both of these programs are income eligible programs.

For more information regarding any of these housing programs contact Justine Dodds at 413.499.9367

The City runs a hotline service for Landlord/Tenant issues and questions related to fair housing and distributes two handbooks that address these same issues.