Community Preservation Act

Boston residents voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act by an overwhelming majority. Learn about what the CPA could mean for you and your neighborhood.

About the Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a program created by the state of Massachusetts to enhance livability and quality of life in the cities and towns that vote to adopt it. It creates affordable housing, preserves open space and historic sites, and develops outdoor recreational opportunities through the creation of a local Community Preservation Fund. CPA funds are generated by a small surcharge on local property tax bills and then matched by a statewide trust fund to maximize their impact.

Once CPA is in place, the average single-family homeowner will pay just $23 per year, or merely $2 per month towards their local Community Preservation fund. In turn, the city will generate up to $20 million every year for CPA projects. The CPA is aimed at enhancing the quality of life in Boston’s neighborhoods and is a flexible, transparent program that will provide more funding for a diversity of historic preservation projects than we have ever seen.

How will the CPA impact historic preservation in Boston? CPA funds can be used for anything from helping a small business owner restore her historic storefront, to assisting an iconic neighborhood church fix its crumbling steeple, to supporting an historic theater that is a community asset. How can the funds be used in your neighborhood?

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The CPA by the numbers

  • Adopted by 158 cities and towns in Massachusetts so far
  • 8,500 affordable housing units created and/or rehabilitated
  • 3,600 historic preservation projects funded
  • 1,250 recreation projects funded
  • 21,800 acres of open space
  • $1.4 billion raised for affordable housing, park development and the rehabilitation of historic buildings