PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer is reintroducing her plan to give out potentially forgivable housing rehab loans to homeowners — and is asking to put double the money behind it.
Tyer will reintroduce her proposal more than a year after it failed to gain supermajority support of the City Council. This time around, Tyer will ask councilors to approve $500,000 from the city’s General Electric Co. Economic Development Fund to start the program, which is called At Home In Pittsfield.
She said the increased ask comes after the pandemic deepened the need to give residents access to money that could help them grow equity in their homes.
“Now that we’re in the world of the impacts that the pandemic has had on people’s livelihoods, this is even more important, because people may be unemployed and not in a position to take on any debt,” she said.
The proposal is on