Housing Programs

The City of Salem offers a number of services to address the community’s housing needs, including rehabilitating our current housing stock, developing new housing opportunities, assisting families to acquire housing and enabling struggling families to remain in their homes.

First Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Loan Programs

Downpayment assistance is available for low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers through the City of Salem's First-Time Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (FTHB). The FTHB Program requires matching funds and can be used for properties in the City of Salem only. Homebuyers must meet eligibility requirements.

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Programs

Owner Occupied Loan Program
Housing rehabilitation assistance is available to low- and moderate-income homeowners for 1-4 unit homes.

Investor Owned (Landlord) Loan Program
Housing Rehab assistance is available to landlords with low- and moderate-income tenants in 1-7 unit properties.  

To start the process, please fill out and submit the Loan Program Pre-Qualification Form.  

If you intend to improve tenant units in your owner-occupied property, the following are also applicable:

Are you a contracting firm that is interested in bidding on any of our housing rehabilitation projects?
Please review the following information for contractors to see if your firm qualifies:

Get the Lead Out Loan Program

The City acts as a Local Rehabilitation Agency for MassHousing’s Get the Lead Out Program to undertake lead paint abatement in pre-1978 homes with a lead poisoned child aged 6 or under. Please contact DPCD if you are interested in further information.  

Foreclosure Prevention, Predatory Lending and Legal Resources

Click here for a list of resources on foreclosure prevention, predatory lending and legal resources.

Fair Housing and Housing Discrimination

Click here for information on Fair Housing and what to do if you think you have been discriminated against.

Additional Resources

In addition to the resources offered by the City, there are a number of other state, federal and private programs available to help you address your housing needs:

MassSave Energy Savings Programs

Mass Save® is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers. The Sponsors of Mass Save work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to provide a wide range of services, incentives, trainings, and information promoting energy efficiency that help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.

All residents and businesses, regardless of income levels, are eligible for a range of energy efficiency services including free home energy assessments, weatherization improvement incentives, appliance rebates, and more. Read more information about MassSave here.

For more information on housing programs, contact Naomi Francisco at 978-745-9595, Ext. 5685 or nfrancisco@salem.com   

To contact the Salem Housing Authority for information on subsidized housing, please click here.