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Boston area rental assistance programs.

Find how to get help paying rent in Boston as well as Suffolk County Massachusetts. Several charity agencies, churches, government programs and non-profits operate in the city and surrounding suburbs. The organizations focus on providing emergency rental and 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 and apartments in the Boston region.

The agencies, non-profits, and organizations listed below are some of the leading charities to call to apply for 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 for paying a security deposit, back rent or other housing expenses.

Funding is always limited, and 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. 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 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 and grant programs.





Boston Hispanic Center
Center location - 178 Tremont Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone - (617) 348-6567
Both rent as well as energy bill assistance is offered to Hispanics and other nationalities in Boston. Services are available in Spanish and other languages.

Family Aid Boston
727 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-542-7286
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.

Homestart, Inc.
105 Chauncy St # 502
Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1782
(617) 542-0338
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.





Catholic Charities
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. There are several churches in the county, and financial aid is combined with information on loan programs as well as affordable apartments to rent.

ABCD Housing and Homeless Prevention
Address of the program - 105 Chauncy Street, 8th floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Phone number - (617) 357-6000
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. More on Action Boston Community development housing programs

Fair Housing Center Of Greater Boston, Inc.
59 Temple Place #1105
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
A number of housing programs are offered, including referrals to non-profits that can assist with back rent as well as agencies that focus on ending discrimination.

City Mission Society
Address - 14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Call for help - (617) 742-6830

Howard Benevolent Society
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Phone number - (617) 742-2952




Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
One South Station, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 305-3500
Can direct people to low income housing, but they really focus on helping with energy and heating expenses.

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, crisis funds for paying rent if someone is faced with an eviction, and other programs too, such as food. Other resources in Suffolk County include emergency shelter and transitional housing.

S.W.A.N. Society in Boston
Address - 581 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone number - (617) 536-7951

Travelers Aid Family Services Program
Location of the site - 17 East Street
Boston, MA 02118
Call for assistance - (617) 542-7286
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.

Community Action Program Intercity, Inc.
Location - 100 Everett Avenue, #14
Chelsea, MA 02150
Telephone - (617) 884-6130
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.

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.





Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Boston, Massachusetts 02018
(617) 635242
They run the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program in Suffolk County and Boston. Government grants can be used for first months rent, utility or security deposits, to pay for counseling, and more.

Catholic Charities Greater Boston (Yawkey Center)
Address - 185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02121
Call for help - (617) 506-6600

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
Address - 22 Beechwood Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Phone number - (617) 288-2700
Heating, utility, and rent assistance focused on Dorchester neighborhoods.

Salvation Army
Address - 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 Housing Authority (BHA)
Address is 52 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA 02111
(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.

Greater Boston Legal Services
Office address is 197 Friend St
Boston, MA
For intake, dial (617) 371-1234
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.

New England Center for Homeless Veterans
17 Court Street
Boston, MA, 02108
Phone number is (617) 371-1800
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.

Project Hope
Location is 550 Dudley Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02119
(617) 442-1880
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.

RAFT (Residential Assistance to Families in Transition) - Boston Metro Housing
125 Lincoln Street
Boston, MA, 02111
Telephone number - (617) 425-6756
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.





Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of Boston
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
(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.

Greater Boston Catholic Charities
Address - 185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
Phone number of center - (617) 506-6659

Roxbury Multi - Service Center
Location - 317 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02121
Call for help - (617) 427-4470
Low income, elderly, and disabled Dorchester MA residents can call and apply for rental help.

By Jon McNamara

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