Finding Housing Assistance

Massachusetts Guide to Obtaining Housing Assistance

This reference guide, provided by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is for Massachusetts residents seeking information on housing for low and moderate income families and individuals. Most housing in Massachusetts is rented or sold through the private real estate market. However, there are numerous agencies and organizations that provide lower cost, subsidized housing for those who cannot afford market rate rents or home prices.

Find Your Local Housing Consumer Education Center

Housing Consumer Education Centers offer answers to a wide range of questions about all types of housing problems. Tenants, landlords, prospective buyers, and homeowners can access information designed to maximize housing stability, strengthen investments, and minimize disputes. They may also be able to assist with applications for direct assistance.

Other Kinds of Assistance

Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

The Office of Elder Affairs promotes independence, empowerment, and well-being of older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families. They ensure access to the resources you need to live healthy in every community in the Commonwealth.

Home Heating & Energy Assistance

Known commonly as Fuel Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.

SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps, can help you expand your healthy food budget and explore opportunities to support your wellbeing and education and employment goals.

Mass 211

Serving all of Massachusetts, Mass2-1-1 connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database.