Looking for Housing

We have three sections to this resource for finding housing. First, RHSO manages lotteries and resales of some affordable units in our region and any current opportunities are listed here. Second, for those interesting in buying a home we offer links to organizations that teach first-time homebuyer courses, offer down payment assistance, offer low-interest and fixed-rate mortgages for low- and moderate-income households, and have listings of homes and condos that are subsidized. Third, for those looking for rental housing we have an explainer about different types of subsidies and links to those applications, along with links to subsidized apartment listings.
Affordable Homeownership Opportunities
1) New Construction - Pine Hill Way, Harvard Lottery: 2 Bedroom - $186,400, Offered on a First-Come, First-Served Basis
Pine Hill Village, Harvard is located on Stow Road in the Town of Harvard, MA. The site is 20.5 acres, and the project consists of 23 units, of which 6 will be affordable. The specific unit is a 2 Bedroom: 9C (triplex):
$186,400: Unit 9C is a 2BR unit in the Greek Revival style triplex, with 814 sq ft on two floors. Anticipate completion by end of June 2024.
The unit will have a range, microwave, and dishwasher but no refrigerator. The unit will have only 1 bathroom. There is propane heat, well water, and the unit has a shared septic.
The monthly Condominium fee is estimated at $152/month for the 2 bedroom unit, which represents a proportional share of the total condominium expenses covering septic and well maintenance, landscaping and snow removal and other maintenance, insurance and contribution to reserve based on the square footage of the unit. The homeowner will also pay monthly real estate taxes.

These affordable units are permitted under a Comprehensive Permit and will be monitored in accordance with Chapter 40B guidelines under the New England Fund (“NEF”) program, and sale prices are set so that a household earning 70% of area median income would not expend more than 30% of income for housing. This affordable ownership opportunity is being offered on a First Come, First Serve basis. Click here for an application. Please contact Jen Pontes at JenP@rhsohousing.org if you have questions or to submit an application.  
2) 82 Virginia Road, Lincoln - Affordable 55+ Condo for sale, $234,900, Offered on a First-Come, First-Served Basis
Minuteman Commons Condominiums is a warm and inviting 55+ Adult Community consisting of 32 beautiful homes, including 6 affordable units, located in Lincoln just minutes from Minuteman National Park. This professionally managed community, surrounded by tranquil conservation land, also features a gazebo for garden style gatherings and an elevator that brings you to the garage and a storage area. In addition, the buildings contain community and exercise rooms for those who enjoy health and fitness as part of an active lifestyle. The development is also close to shopping, restaurants, and major highways for easy commutes.
The available unit has 2 bedrooms on a single floor. There is an open concept kitchen, dining area and living room. There are also two full baths – one attached to the master and another in the hallway. This condo is being sold as-is.
The purchase price is $234,900, and is being offered to ‘ineligible’ households, meaning households who do not meet the income and asset requirements may still be able to purchase the unit. Owners are required also to pay property taxes, and the 2024 Lincoln tax rate is $12.89 per $1,000 of valuation or an estimated monthly amount of $253. The condominium fee is estimated at $312. Click here for an application, and contact JenP@rhsohousing.org with any questions
3) Wellington Woods, Unit #F-208 - 2 Bedroom Affordable Condo, Offered on a First-Come First-Served Basis

WELLINGTON WOODS is a private, picturesque residential development of two hundred luxury condominiums in 6 buildings approved by the Medford Zoning Board in 2015, with 20 affordable restricted units, including 10 affordable 1BR units and 10 affordable 2BR units.

The development contains six buildings that have been constructed in phases, and there have already been two lotteries for the affordable units. There is one 2-bedroom unit remaining in Building F, and no additional 2-bedroom households on the lottery list, so unit F-208 is being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The 6.4 acre lot in this convenient residential area in Medford will house six residential buildings and a complete Recreation Center where owners have use of the outdoor inground pool with covered patio, sports court, fitness center, and many other function rooms. 

This unit has a living room, dining room, kitchen, and in-unit stacked laundry area, and two full bathrooms. The condo will have exclusive use to certain parking (similar to deeded parking) but it is subject to being transferred if required due to HP necessities. The kitchen has ceramic tile floor, Stainless Steel Appliances (Gas Range, Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator, Sink, Pull‐Down Faucet, and Garbage disposal), granite countertops with matching 4" granite backsplash and an under‐mount double bowl stainless steel sink as well as soft‐close drawers throughout. The bath has ceramic tile floor and tub surround, and granite vanity top. There is gas heat and central air conditioning. All Units have separate and private deeded storage areas in the lower level of their building. Storage areas will be unfinished, but will be wall‐boarded.

The monthly Condominium fee is $226 and represents a proportional share of the total condominium expenses covering landscaping and snow removal, taxes, insurance and contribution to reserve. The homeowner will also pay monthly real estate taxes using Medford’s 2023 tax rate of $8.52 or $200 per month. Please contact Jen Pontes with any questions at JenP@RHSOHousing.org. Please Click here for the application.

Affordable Apartment Rental Opportunities

1) 66 Warren Ave, Weston Affordable Rental Opportunity, Offered on a First-Come First served Basis

The Weston Warren Ave development consists of seven apartments in three neighboring buildings. #66 is the first-floor apartment in a two-family home. There is one stair to enter the apartment. The unit is 800 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. This is a historic home with kitchen and bath renovations completed in 2018. Rent includes an in-unit clothes washer and dryer, two parking spaces in a shared driveway, and separate storage space. Weston has no regular bus service.

Tenants are responsible for paying for gas heat and electricity; there is no central air conditioning. Water and sewer charges are included in the rent.

Please Click Here for the application and details. Also, you may contact Jen Pontes at JenP@RHSOHousing.org with any questions.