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Rental assistance Massachusetts.

Find organizations that provide help with rent in Massachusetts, including by county and statewide. Qualified low-income families, the homeless or tenants will get everything from free grant money to pay for security deposits and monthly rent up through help moving into safe or affordable low income housing units. Get details on emergency and long term rent assistance in MA below.

The state of MA along with charities and churches administer multiple emergency rental assistance programs. There are also free lawyers to help tenants facing eviction, charities and churches that help the elderly, disabled or unemployed pay their rent and more. There are also transitional as well as low income housing programs with no-waiting list and other homeless prevention services.  Below you will find information on all of the resources available, as well as additional details on the application process.

Find help paying rent from state level programs in MA

  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless - Short term transitional housing, free motel vouchers and homeless shelters are located across the state of Massachusetts. The centers provide temporary housing for low income and/or homeless families, veterans teenagers, and adult individuals who need a place to go for a night or a longer period of time.
    Most housing units also offer support services that can help people find long term and stable housing to move into, as the goal is to help people  live independently. Call 781-595-7570 to reach Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH).
  • Massachusetts homelessness prevention programs - Low and moderate income individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless due to an eviction may be able to receive support. These assistance programs help people keep their current apartments or housing. In some cases, the family may just need to move though. In those cases, the program may also be able to help them find other safe affordable housing if it is determined that is the best solution.
    The HPRP helps by providing emergency rental assistance, funds for paying back rent, utility bills and arrearages, free lawyers to tenants security deposits, free hotel/motel vouchers, and even moving and storage costs. Read more on eviction prevention programs for low-income tenants MA.




  • Income based and low-income homes and apartments - Public Housing Authorities (PHA) partner with the state to offer section 8 vouchers, emergency HUD programs and other supportive housing. Renters in MA, or families, will need to pay a portion of the cost. Find details on Massachusetts section 8 housing authorities.
  • Massachusetts Emergency Assistance (EA) is a state government funded program that provides a number of services to low to moderate income Massachusetts families with children, single moms, disabled people and also to pregnant women. The program helps eligible families who will become homeless, or who are currently without a permanent address, and who have nowhere else to live. The Emergency Assistance program is run by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Call DHCD at 1(866) 584-0653.
  • Free attorneys for renters - Low-income families as well as senior citizens can meet with a lawyer for free about housing evictions. There are volunteer and pro-bono firms that offer free landlord-tenant mediation, help in housing court and other support. More on free lawyers for tenants in Massachusetts.
  • HomeBASE Re Housing in Massachusetts - This is a housing and rental assistance program created by the state. A primary focus is on people who are currently homeless and/or living in motels or hotels. Families who are faced with an eviction may also qualify. Massachusetts is using funds to help qualified individuals find low income housing, pay their security deposits, and also first months rent. A priority is given to households with children, even including single parents in the state. In total a few thousand dollars can be provided. Learn more on HOMEBASE in Massachusetts.
  • The Massachusetts Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program (RAFT) is a homelessness prevention service that provides short-term emergency financial assistance. It is available for people who own their home and also tenants that lease a property. There are grants provided to low-income and struggling families who faced with an eviction, foreclosure, or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
    In addition assistance may even be provided for anyone who is currently homeless. RAFT may also be able to help families who have to move to a new home or apartment but do not have enough money to pay for first month’s rent, a security deposit, or their utility startup costs. Or call 1-800-224-5124 or (877) 211-6277
  • In addition to the resources indicated above, the state government coordinates foreclosure prevention, provides shelter or transitional housing, and other crisis type rent programs. Read more on some additional resources available for tenants in government housing in Massachusetts.





Local rental assistance programs in Massachusetts by county and city

Select a city or county below. A number of agencies partner with the state of Massachusetts. These can include your local church, non-profits like the Salvation Army, or Catholic Charities among many others. Together they offer homelessness prevention services, emergency rental payment programs and more to Massachusetts residents who are in danger of losing their housing or who have nowhere to live.


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