Malden is the lead “representative” of an eight-community jurisdiction known as the North Suburban Consortium (NSC). The NSC is comprised of the contiguous communities of Malden, Medford, Arlington, Melrose, Chelsea, Everett, Revere and Winthrop that have signed a cooperative agreement to gain access to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) HOME Program funds – the annual Federal block grant that funds the NSC HOME Program and which is dedicated to the rehabilitation, creation and preservation of affordable housing.
Since 1991, the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has carried out lead community responsibilities. The MRA administers affordable housing programs for the NSC and actively seeks affordable housing opportunities in NSC member communities that can be partnered with NSC HOME funds. Other agencies responsible for administering the NSC's programs include the Housing and Community Development Departments of member communities and other city departments, as applicable. Local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies and various non-profit organizations involved in affordable housing development, services for the homeless, elderly, disabled, substance abuse victims and victims of domestic violence also play an important role in assisting NSC member communities in creating and maintaining affordable housing.
NSC FTHB Down Payment Assistance Loans
Affordable Housing Resources