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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.
There are different types of low cost housing such as subsidized rental housing, public housing and homeownership opportunities for low-income, first time home buyers. Many of these housing units are subsidized by the federal government, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or non-profit or community organizations.
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There are approximately 90,000 units of state and federally assisted public housing in Massachusetts. Public housing developments are apartments that are built and subsidized by either the state or federal government and are managed by local housing authorities. There are 253 local housing authorities in Massachusetts.
There are different types of public housing available such as housing for families, elderly persons, and certain persons with disabilities. Supportive housing with assisted living services for elderly and disabled persons and congregate housing is also available in some cities and towns. There is a very small amount of public housing available to single persons. To find out what is available in each town, please call your local housing authority.
Rental assistance programs provide financial aid to help low-income persons rent apartments other than apartments in public housing developments. There are several types of rental assistance in Massachusetts. The three largest programs are: The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), and the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP). The federal government funds the Section 8 assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Commonwealth funds the MRVP and AHVP programs.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The federal government provides the funds for Section 8. Recipients receive their benefits through local housing authorities (LHAs) or regional housing agencies. There are approximately 72,000 people receiving Section 8 rental assistance in Massachusetts. The United States Congress periodically makes more money available to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund additional vouchers.
The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides rental assistance through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). State funded "mobile" vouchers can be used anywhere in Massachusetts, but "project-based" vouchers are only available in specific apartments.
Massachusetts Alternative Housing Voucher Program
The Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) provides rental assistance to people with disabilities under the age 60, who either live in, or are eligible to live in elderly/disabled state assisted public housing.
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There are a variety of programs available to help low or moderate income people purchase a home. Most programs are limited to first time home buyers.
My Mass Mortgage
From discovering what mortgage product would work best for your needs, to taking a first-time homebuyer course through finding and purchasing your new home, My Mass Mortgage is your guide for finding affordable and reliable state-sponsored mortgage products and ultimately the right place for you to call home. Please visit the website at http://www.mymassmortgage.org/
Mass Housing is a quasi public state agency that provides below market-rate mortgage financing for first time home buyers, and other products (such as lead paint abatement and home improvement loans) for homeowners with moderate incomes. For further information: contact Mass Housing at (617) 854 1000 or on the web at www.masshousing.com.