Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), provides a permanent improvement in the lives of low-income families and individuals by offering rental subsidies to those eligible for the program.

Program Description and Information

The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), provides a permanent improvement in the lives of low-income families and individuals by offering both tenant- and project-based rental subsidies. The tenant-based voucher, which is known as Mobile, is assigned to the Participant and is valid for any housing unit that meets the standards of the state sanitary code. Project Based vouchers are assigned to a specific housing unit or development. The owner rents these units to a program eligible tenant, and Project Based tenants who move forfeit the subsidy. In both cases, a regional non-profit housing agency or a local housing authority administers the program locally. There are currently 8 regional non-profit housing agencies and 112 local housing authorities that administer the MRVP throughout the Commonwealth to approximately 5,100 households under lease as of January, 2013 (2,100 Mobile, 3,000 Project Based). Through the assistance of this program, thousands of Massachusetts' families and individuals benefit from the long-term stabilization of their often uncertain housing and financial situation.

DHCD's Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance, which administers this program, has the responsibility for regulatory and administrative oversight of all state public housing programs which address the needs of low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

For further information:
Please contact the Bureau of Rental Assistance at (617) 573-1150.


How it works:

For the Mobile component (tenant based program), the state subsidy or voucher value is a set amount. This amount is determined by several factors: the tenant's income, household size and geography. The participant pays the difference between the value of the voucher and what the landlord charges for rent.  Much of the program’s recent growth has been in vouchers targeted to homeless families in motels or shelters; however, when other existing voucher holders leave the program, their vouchers are offered to eligible applicants on local waiting lists which can be quite lengthy, or closed, due to the great demand.

For the Project Based component, a participant pays either 35% or 40% of their adjusted gross income, depending upon whether or not heat is included in the utilities. While waiting lists for the Project Based component are lengthy, some local housing agencies are still accepting applications.

Who is eligible?

An applicant whose household income does not exceed 80% of Area Median Income. The local housing agency will also screen for CORI prior to admitting an applicant to the program.

Application process:

While the waits may be lengthy, persons interested in applying for MRVP should contact the local housing agency in the area in which they wish to reside to check the status of the agency’s waiting list, open or closed.  Applications may be made where waiting lists are open.  Not all agencies administer both the Mobile and Project Based programs.   Please use the Service Locator to find the Local Housing Authority Closest to you.

MRVP Application Form - English

MRVP Application Form (Haitian Creole) - Aplikasyon pou Pwogram Koupon Lwaye Massachusetts (MRVP)

MRVP Application Form (Khmer) - ពាក្យសុំសំរាប់ កម្មវិធីសក្ខីប័ត្រថ្លៃជួលផ្ទះ រដ្ឋម៉ាស្សជូសេត្ដ (MRVP)

MRVP Application Form (Portugese) - Formulário para o Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

MRVP Application Form (Russian) - Заявление на Массачусетскую Программу Ваучеров Аренды (MRVP)

MRVP Application Form (Spanish) - Solicitud para el Programa de Vales de Alquiler de Massachusetts (MRVP)

MRVP Application Form (Vietnamese) - Đơn xin Chương Trình Ưu Đãi Tiền Thuê Massachusetts (MRVP)

Housing Agencies with Mobile MRVP Vouchers


MRVP Notices


MRVP Applicable Payment Standards Effective January 1, 2023

MRVP Utility Allowances Effective January 1, 2023

Payment Standards and Utility Allowances Effective January 1, 2023



MRVP Administrative Plan 2017(August) 

Full Lifting of MRVP Voucher Re-Issuance Freeze

Non-Discrimination in State Rental Assistance Programs

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