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Rental assistance programs Boston area.

Find help with rent in Boston as well as Suffolk County Massachusetts. Several charities, churches, government programs and non-profits operate in the city as well as surrounding suburbs. The organizations focus on providing emergency rental and low-income section 8 housing assistance, including grants to help with security deposits or free eviction defense services, to the low income. There is also information on affordable housing, free motel or hotel vouchers and apartments in the Boston region.

The charity and government organizations listed below are some of the leading places to call to apply for immediate rent help. A formal application process will be in place, often with an interview or case management required. Only after that process has been completed will an agency issue funds or a grant for paying a security deposit, back rent or other housing expenses.

Funding is always limited. The rental assistance is aimed at the lowest income, elderly, and disabled in Boston. However, even if an organization can’t provide you with direct financial assistance, they can often refer you to other local Boston charities or an organization that can issue a grant or offer assistance to tenants. They may be either Suffolk County Massachusetts or federal government assistance programs, or they can refer you to additional resources such as a local church. Always call early to apply for housing and rent assistance, before you have an eviction notice.

Catholic Charities of Suffolk County Massachusetts and Boston Region
Multiple churches are in the region. They offer many programs, ranging from funds for rent to free furniture, homeless shelters, or even free motel vouchers. There is also assistance for immigrants, refugees, and non-English Speakers. Any housing, rent, or utility bill help is limited and is combined with other resources. The main intake number is (617) 464-8500, with local offices below.

  • Catholic Charities Laboure Center, Location - 275 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127. Call for rent help - (617) 268-9670. This charity is a great place to call for housing assistance, counseling, and additional financial assistance or free grant programs.

 

 

 

  • Catholic Charities of the downtown region. Address - 76 Union Park Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118. Phone number - (617) 542-9292. Another Suffolk County/Boston Catholic Charities. These churches may have some cash assistance to be used for a partial rent payment. A focus is on senior citizens and families with children, including single mothers. There are several churches in the county, and financial aid is combined with information on loan programs as well as affordable apartments to rent.
     
  • Catholic Charities Greater Dorchester - Boston (Yawkey Center). This church address is 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02121. Call for help - (617) 506-6600. Many of the clients here are non-English or Spanish speakers as well as minorities.
     
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of Boston is another option for low income tenants. It is Boston, Massachusetts 02210. Phone  (617) 482.5440. Serves working poor and low-income families and individuals, regardless of race, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Thousands of Boston and Suffolk County Massachusetts families receive financial assistance, counseling, and support for housing and rent issues every year.

Housing and Community Development - Public Housing Authority offers a number of low income housing programs, including to those in poverty. Section 8 housing vouchers, including a emergency component, is offered. They help tenants find, and pay for, affordable homes or apartments in the Suffolk County area. The PHA address is 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114. For information on section 8 or emergency vouchers, call (617) 573-1100.

  • Or try the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Address is 52 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111. Call (617) 988-4000. They process section 8 HUD vouchers, which often have a waiting list. It is a rent subsidy for families in poverty, the low income, and seniors. There is also public housing units, low cost apartments, self-sufficiency, and other services.

Boston Department of Veteran Services helps military members, veterans (and their families) and the homeless. The address is 600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111. They offer free government grants from RAFT to pay rent or utility bills, rehousing, and homeless prevention. They also help veterans apply for VA benefits and low income housing. Another housing programs, including for rent help, is SSVF -
Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Call (617) 210-5480.

 

 

 

 

Referrals and information is provided by Neighborhood Development. Boston area families can learn about emergency grant programs or loans to help pay rent, security deposit help, landlord or tenant mediation services and more. Or learn about the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program in Suffolk County and Boston. Address is 26 Court St. Boston, MA 02108. For free referrals, call (617) 635-3880.

Homeless prevention and rapid housing can help both tenants as well as the homeless. Suffolk County grants and legal aid is used for preventing evictions. Non-profits provide temporary rent assistance, shelters and/or free motel vouchers along with advice to keep tenants in their current home. Some Boston agencies also attempt to rehouse families into a new apartment, and offer them a rent subsidy during that timeframe. Read Suffolk County eviction help and rehousing.

Salvation Army Social Services in Suffolk County
Various programs are run. Housing, rent grants, case management, and homeless prevention services among others. There are also transitional housing programs as well as financial help (such as vouchers) for emergency hotel stays.

  • Salvation Army - Boston South End Corps. Address of this branch - 1500 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118. Dial (617) 536-5260 for financial and rent assistance. The Salvation Army in Boston has a large number of housing programs. There are crisis funds for paying rent if someone is faced with an eviction, and other programs too, such as food or free motel vouchers. Other resources in Suffolk County include emergency homeless shelter and transitional housing.
  • Boston Central is another office. The address is 23 Vernon Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119, phone 617-427-6700
  • Salvation Army of Chelsea is at 258 Chestnut Street, Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150. Call the Salvation Army of Chelsea at (617) 884-0260. Another local Salvation Army that can provide rent and housing assistance, furniture, and other forms of aid. Referrals and information on government programs are also passed out to the needy and people faced with an eviction.

Boston Hispanic Center offers a number of services, including in Spanish and to immigrants. Center location - 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111. They also also part of the ABCD Citywide Boston Hispanic Center. Both rent as well as energy bill assistance is offered to Hispanics, Latinos and other nationalities in Boston. Services are available in Spanish and other languages. Telephone -  (617) 348-6272 or (617) 348-6567..

Volunteers of America of Massachusetts had limited funds for eviction prevention. A major focus is on senior citizens and the veterans. The main address is 441 Centre St, Jamaica Plain MA 02130. For information on funds, including for rent or moving costs, dial (617) 522-8086.

Family Aid Boston is at 727 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02111 . The non-profit offers eviction and homeless prevention services. Most of their support is in the form of referrals to emergency grants for paying rent, short term low income housing, or security deposits. However, in rare cases the Boson agency has direct financial assistance that they can provide for paying rental expenses.

They also operate Travelers Aid Family Services Program, which is rent and security deposits for new residents to the city of Boston. The non-profit can also place families into emergency shelter or offer vouchers to families for paying for motels or hotels while they pursue longer-term solutions. Phone: 617-542-7286

 

 

 

 

Homestart, Inc. can help people facing eviction stay in their home or apartment, and assistance is also offered to the currently homeless. So they may qualify for security deposits or get help in locating a new, permanent home in the Boston area.. The address is 105 Chauncy St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1782. Telephone is (617) 542-0338.

The American Legion Department of Massachusetts help veterans only. They operate a Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program and also help veterans (or their survivors) get benefits, including housing, medical, transportation and more. The location is JFK Federal Building, Boston, MA 02203. One goal is to prevent homelessness. Call (617) 303-5694

ABCD Housing and Homeless Prevention is a multiple faceted non-profit. Address of the program - 178 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, Boston, Massachusetts 02111. This is a community action agency that offers a number of programs, including rent assistance, foreclosure and debt counseling, and information on getting help for utilities.

A variety of state and federal housing programs are also offered, such as information on section 8 or low income housing for the elderly. There are also referrals to loan as well as government grant programs. Phone number - (617) 357-6000. More on Action Boston Community development housing programs.

  • There is also the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center at 22 Beechwood Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. Phone number - (617) 288-2700.

City Mission Society helps the poor and homeless. Address is 185 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02121, Boston, MA 02108. Call for help - (617) 742-6830. A number of housing programs are offered, including homeless shelters. There are also referrals to non-profits that can assist with back rent as well as agencies that focus on ending discrimination.

AIDS Action of Suffolk County-Boston helps people with HIV and AIDs only. Emergency housing including rent assistance as well as supportive units or homes. Or get transportation to an appointment, financial help to keep utilities on and more from 75 Armory St, Boston, Massachusetts 02119. Phone - (617) 437-6200.

Howard Benevolent Society is at 14 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108. Phone number - (617) 742-2952. Whether grants for utility bill assistance, or rent grants to stop evictions, funds are offered.

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities mostly focuses on keeping heat, light, and power on, which can also benefit low income renters. The address is One South Station, Boston, MA 02111. Dial (617) 305-3500. Can direct people to low income housing, but they really focus on helping with energy and heating expenses such as LIHEAP.

Boston-Suffolk County Family Resource Center has housing stabilization services. Call 617-467-8501. They give referrals to the homeless and people on the verge of evictions. Whether free lawyer consultations, or immediate rent grants or motel vouchers, help is offered. Location is 56 Dimock Street, Boston MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.W.A.N. Society in Boston only helps single women, including mothers. Address - 581 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116. Some of the emergency financial aid may include rent assistance for single mothers, moving cost or deposit help and more. Phone number - (617) 536-7951

Community Action Program Intercity, Inc. is at 100 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. Community action agencies are always a great place to call for information and referrals. They focus on helping people become self sufficient over the long term, and can provide short term financial assistance, such as emergency rent payments and other aid. Telephone - (617) 884-6130.

City of Boston and the Coordinated Entry Access Point (CES) works with partners to end homelessness. Whether information on shelters or rent or mortgage arrears payment help, or outreach to the homeless, services are offered. There are also blankets, rapid-rehousing services including money for security deposits and other aid. Call 617-635-4200 for details.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción both operates Sustainable Housing (that is affordable) and helps tenants maintain their home. The location is 405 Shawmut Avenue, Boston Massachusetts 02118. Call 617-927-1707.

Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund offers a number of assistance programs from the office at 105 Chauncy St, Boston, MA 02111. They partner with the government, realtors, and other groups. There is homeless prevention (including loans or private funds to pay rent), advocacy, stabilization and more. Dial (617) 542-0338 for details on eviction prevention or Housing First programs in Suffolk County.

Greater Boston Legal Services office address is 197 Friend St, Boston, MA. Low income families can apply for free legal aid. Attorneys help those with a pay or quit eviction notice, provide landlord-tenant mediation, and arrange other forms of housing advice. They also address housing discrimination and landlords who will not make repairs to a rental unit. For intake, dial (617) 371-1234

New England and Suffolk County Center for Homeless Veterans offers many assistance programs from 17 Court Street, Boston, MA, 02108. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families provides one time, emergency help for rental payments, information on HUD loan programs for repairs or back rent, and tenant counseling. Case management is also provided in Suffolk County. Phone number is (617) 371-1800.

Project Hope Housing Services location is 550 Dudley Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02119. The non-profit supports low income tenants and single moms in Dorchester or Roxbury. Housing issues addressed include landlord negotiation, counseling, and referrals to grant programs for money to pay rental arrears. Dial (617) 442-1880.

 

 

 

 

RAFT (Residential Assistance to Families in Transition) is offered at Boston Metro Housing at 1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02120. While available across the state, this is government aid for families with children, including single parents. Get help in locating an affordable home, paying for deposits or moving costs, and also funds for past due rent to stop homelessness. Telephone number - 617-425-6700 or (617) 859-0400.

Roxbury Multi Service Center (RMSC) runs a permanent housing program known as Family House. Low income, elderly, and disabled Dorchester MA residents can call and apply for rental help or shelter. Address is 321 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston MA 02121. Dial 617.541.6859

By Jon McNamara

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