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A 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.

Community Development, Planning and Funding 

Community Planning and Funding Services

Emergency Housing Assistance Programs 

Find information about who can assist you in this time of need and give you guidance on shelter services.

Housing Development Programs 

Housing Development programs provide funding opportunities to for-profit and non-profit developers.

Home Energy Assistance Programs 

DHCD's Energy Programs provide eligible households assistance with home heating services.

Public Housing Assistance Programs 

There are different types of housing available for low-income families, elderly persons, and those with disabilities. Congregate and supportive housing with assisted living services may also be available.

Rental Assistance Programs 

Rental assistance programs provide financial aid to help low-income persons rent apartments other than apartments in public housing developments.

DHCD Legal Resources 

Resources available regarding current regulations, proposed regulations, M.G.L.'s, appeals, hearings, fair housing, and other legal information.

DHCD Commissions and Committees 

The Department of Housing and Community Development oversees the following commissions: Indian Affairs, Housing Appeals, Manufactured Homes and the Rural Policy Advisory Commission

DHCD Agencies and Partners Listings 

DHCD Agencies and Partners Listings

DHCD - Public Records Requests, Open Meetings, OnLine Web Secured Services 

Pubic Records Requests, Fraud Waste and Abuse Reporting, Open Meeting Notices and secured access for business partner online web services.