The City of Pittsfield’s At Home in Pittsfield Program has officially launched and is now accepting applications from interested homeowners in the city.
At-Home in Pittsfield, an exterior renovation loan program, enables eligible homeowners to renovate the exterior of their homes through a combination of funding from local lenders and the City of Pittsfield. The program aims to help residents who do not have access to traditional finance.
Eligible repairs that can be funded through the program include roof replacement; Window and door change; Repair or replacement of the porch; Chimney repairs; and siding replacement.
Real estate must be condominiums and can be single-family houses or condominiums with more than two residential units. Applicants must have owned their home for at least two years prior to January 21, 2021.
The city is investing $ 500,000 in the program, which is administered by rehabilitation staff from the Department of Community Development. Participating local lenders include Berkshire Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lee Bank, and Pittsfield Co-op Bank.
Homeowners unrelated to any of the participating lenders can access funds from At-Home in Pittsfield directly from the city.
Earlier this year, the city assembled a team of qualified contractors who will work specifically on home-related renovation projects to ensure a streamlined process.
Mayor Linda Tyer, who first announced the program in 2019, said At-Home in Pittsfield is a program that will act as a catalyst for long-term, sustainable change in the city.
“At-Home in Pittsfield has the power to transform our community – house by house, block by block. We know that many in our city would like to do exterior renovations and other improvements. However, the unfortunate reality is that some do not have the necessary financial resources, ”said the mayor.
“This program is actively working to remove these barriers, reduce the number of delayed maintenance, and expand the path of access. I am grateful to our credit partners for their faith, support, and investment in a program that will benefit all of us in the City of Pittsfield. “
The application and program details, also available in Spanish, can be found on the city’s website here. For questions or additional information, please contact the Department of Community Development at 499-9368.
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