Other Housing Resources
City of Boston: Visit the city’s website.
Rental Housing Resource Center: The Boston Rental Housing Center was created in 1995 to provide advice, information and assistance to Boston landlords and tenants who have problems or questions about rental housing issues.
Emergency Shelter Commission: The Emergency Shelter Commission's mission is to coordinate the City's efforts to prevent and end homelessness and hunger through proactive planning, policy analysis, program development and advocacy with our city, state, federal and community partner agencies.
Boston Home Center: The Boston Home Center helps Boston residents purchase, improve, and keep their homes. They offer training and financial help to first-time homebuyers; guidance and funding for homeowners for home improvements; and counseling to help families avoid foreclosure.
Metrolist: Metrolist is a housing clearinghouse which facilitates housing access throughout the metropolitan area by providing Boston residents with comprehensive housing information and a broad range of counseling services.
City of Boston Fair Housing Commission: The Boston Fair Housing Commission works to eliminate discrimination and increase access to housing through investigation and enforcement, affirmative marketing, housing counseling, and interagency coordination. The BFHC also works to provide low-income households increased access to housing in 126 cities and towns of metropolitan Boston by managing a computerized listing service of regional housing opportunities.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Visit the commonwealth’s website.
Department of Housing and Community Development: DHCD's mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of Massachusetts residents. We provide leadership, professional assistance and financial resources to promote safe, decent affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management.
Department of Housing and Urban Development: HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.
MassHousing: MassHousing has provided more than $16 billion in financing for homebuyers and homeowners, and for developers and owners of affordable rental housing.
Section 8 Centralized Waiting List: The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List opened on January 6, 2003 in accordance with provisions contained in the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended. Ninety One (91) Massachusetts housing authorities utilize this one computerized list.
Mass Access: The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people to find affordable housing in Massachusetts. A key feature of the registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.
Action for Boston Community Development: For 50 years ABCD has provided basic services and innovative programs that help empower individuals, families, and communities in Boston to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential. Read more about ABCD housing programs.
Links to other Housing Authorities in Massachusetts and nationwide: Get a national list of HA websites here, and a list of Local Housing Authorities here.
Domestic Violence Resources
Safelink Casa Myrna: SafeLink is the Massachusetts statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline operated by Casa Myrna. SafeLink hotline advocates are multilingual, and have access to a translation service that can provide translation in more than 130 languages. All calls to SafeLink are free, confidential and anonymous.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence: ATASK primarily serves Asian families and individuals in Massachusetts and New England who suffer from or are at risk of suffering from domestic violence. Our clients include a range of Asian ethnic populations. ATASK embraces and represents all ages, cultures, abilities, and sexual preferences.
AARDVARC, An Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence Aid & Resource Collection: AARDVARC is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. The goal of this website is to assist efforts to aid and support those trying to remove themselves from abusive situations and build healthier, stronger lives. For individuals, they hope to provide general educational and reference material as well as a comprehensive nationwide directory of services for "one stop shopping."
Housing Policy Resources and National Organizations
National Housing Conference: Formed in 1931, the nonprofit National Housing Conference is dedicated to helping ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America. As a division of NHC, the Center for Housing Policy specializes in solutions through research, working to broaden understanding of America’s affordable housing challenges and examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs. Through evidence-based advocacy for the continuum of housing, NHC develops ideas, resources and policy solutions to shape an improved housing landscape.
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities: The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities supports the nation's largest and most innovative housing authorities by advocating for the resources they need to solve local housing challenges and create communities of opportunity.
Citizens Housing and Planning Association: Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials: Massachusetts Chapter: The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (MassNAHRO) is a membership association of local housing authorities, community development agencies and housing and redevelopment officials. Its purpose is to be the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision and preservation of adequate and affordable housing for those with low and moderate incomes, and to enhance the professional development and effectiveness of MassNAHRO members.
National Public Housing Museum: Visit its site to learn more about this exciting new museum.
The Mission: The Mission is a documentary feature that traces the historical and social developments that helped shape the thriving basketball culture in the Boston Housing Authority’s Mission Hill housing projects from the 1960s to the 1990s.