Community Development

Our Community Development Department helps Franklin County municipalities finance and implement affordable housing and community development programs. HRA has more than 40 years of experience writing competitive applications for Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and can assist towns that have adopted the Community Preservation Act with CPA-funded affordable housing projects. Our community development services include, but are not limited to the following types.

Housing Programs

These include housing rehabilitation, acquisition, demolition, and homeownership programs. HRA currently manages zero-interest deferred payment loan funds to bring single and multi-family homes into compliance with building and sanitary codes, and also administers two CPA-funded homeownership programs.

Public Facilities and Infrastructure Improvements


Unity Park Playground, Turners Falls
Unity Park improvement project in Turners Falls, Mass.

Community Economic Development

HRA can help towns conduct feasibility studies, develop training programs, and improve downtown business districts.

Social Services

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funding is available for social service providers to develop programs to benefit Franklin County residents, especially for programs designed to help the elderly, families, adolescents, and other special needs groups.

Learn more

If you would like more information about the services and resources available to Franklin County towns through the HRA, please contact us.