Emergency Housing Assistance

Massachusetts individuals and families seeking emergency housing will find shelter programs and related services here.

This page includes resources to find shelter if you are in emergency need of housing. Shelter is a temporary place to stay as you search for your next place to live. Separate shelter services are available for individuals and for people with children (including pregnant people). There are also resources for households at risk of foreclosure or eviction, looking for support services, and individuals experiencing domestic violence.

Shelter resources for individuals


On Oct. 31, 2023, under 760 CMR 67.10, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities declared that the emergency assistance (EA) family shelter system is no longer able to meet all current and projected demand for shelter from families eligible for EA, considering the facts and circumstances existing in the Commonwealth. On February 28, 2024, the Secretary extended the Declaration for an additional 120 days, and on June 28, 2024, the Secretary extended the Declaration for a further 120 days.

EOHLC has issued guidance effective November 1, 2023, to create a prioritization system and waitlist for eligible families. The processes will be in place while the Secretary’s Declaration is in effect. The guidance was revised on March 1, 2024, to include two additional groups within the Priority 1 category. Learn more about the waitlist for Emergency Assistance (EA) Family Shelter.

Special Commission on Emergency Housing Assistance Programs

The Special Commission on Emergency Housing Assistance Programs, pursuant to section 23 of chapter 88 of the acts of 2024, will “study and make recommendations on: (i) the sustainability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the emergency housing assistance program; (ii) how to best support and ensure the long-term sufficiency of those seeking shelter; and (iii) creating a regional based response to support families in need of shelter.”  Information about the Commission’s meetings will be made available here.

Notice of July 18, 2024 meeting (posted July 15, 4:30 pm)

Presentation: Emergency Assistance (EA) Commission Kickoff​ (July 18, 2024)

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