On Monday, October 16, 2023, the Dartmouth Select Board unanimously approved changes to the municipally-administered Home Rehabilitation Program (DHRP).
The changes increased funding availability by up to $50,000 per project, simplified the program’s terms and conditions, and streamlined the application process for households.
The program, which is Community Preservation Act (CPA) funded, was established to help low to moderate income households make necessary code, health, safety and energy improvements to their homes.
Since its inception, the program has supported nearly 100 residential rehabilitation projects in Dartmouth. Despite declining enrollment in recent years, there is an increasing need in the aftermath of the pandemic and with rising inflation.
Earlier this year, the Town of Dartmouth evaluated the program to determine opportunities to increase program utilization and reduce the administrative burden for eligible households.
“This is just another step the Town is taking to leverage its existing resources to ensure that Dartmouth remains an affordable place to live,” said Assistant Town Administrator Chris Vitale.
Applications for new projects will be available starting November 15, 2023. Applications will be accepted through the Town’s online platform at the following link: https://dartmouthma.portal.opengov.com/categories/1080
For more information about the Dartmouth Home Rehabilitation Program, residents are encouraged to visit the Town website at https://www.town.dartmouth.ma.us/811/Dartmouth-Home-Rehabilitation-Program-DH.