Orchard Street Homeownership Opportunity

Opportunity Knocks

Are you dreaming of owning your own home? If so, you’re in the right place. We’re thrilled to announce a new homeownership opportunity for first-time homebuyers!

The Orchard Street Green Homeownership Project is located in the North Common neighborhood, one of the oldest sections of the City – in fact, Orchard Street is home to some of the last remaining historic mill worker housing originally built by the founding Essex Company, consisting of brick row houses on the southern side of the street known as Mechanic’s Row.

These highly green, energy-efficient town-houses will have:

3 Bedrooms
2.5 Bathrooms
Master bedroom has a walk-in closet
Full Basement with washer and dryer hookups
2 parking spots in the rear
Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven
Electric heating

This initiative is not just about buying a house—it’s about building a home and creating a stable foundation for your future. We’re here to guide you through every step of the process, from understanding mortgages to closing the deal.

Are You Eligible?

Eligible first-time homebuyers under 80% of HUD’s Area Median Income can apply to enter the Affordable Housing Lottery for one of these homes. We encourage you to take the next step and learn more about this life-changing opportunity.

The 2024 income guidelines for the Lawrence, MA-NH HUD Metro FMR Area limits are:
3 person- $88,050, 4 person- $97,800, 5-person- $105,650, 6-person- $113,450

Application Period opens Monday, June 3rd 2024
1st Buyers Info Session, June 18, 2024, 6–7:30 pm at the Lawrence Public Library
2nd Buyers Info Session July 25th, 2024 6-7:30pm at the Lawrence Public Library
Application Period Deadline Thursday, August 12th, 2024, 1 pm
Lottery Thursday, August 28, 2024 at 6pm at the Lawrence Public Library and/or through Zoom

Next Steps

  1. Starting on June 3rd, 2024 you can pick up an application at Our House 168 Newbury St Lawrence, MA 01841 or download it below
  2. Contact us at orchardst@lawrencecommunityworks.org to express your interest and make an appointment with one of our counselors.
  3. Attend one of our informational sessions to learn more about the process.
  4. Complete our homeownership education course, designed to prepare you for this exciting journey.
  5. Submit your application with all required documents no later than August 12th at 1pm.

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou

We’re here to help you find that safe place, that sense of belonging, that home. So, are you ready to open the door to your future?