Tools and Resources to Help Find Housing
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Independent Living Centers

Independent Living Centers (ILC) are community organizations run by and for people with disabilities. Their goal is to help members lead an independent life in the community. They often help people with finding housing. ILCs can tell people about housing options, show them how to search for housing, help them fill out housing applications, and help them ask for housing accommodations. Many ILCs offer free workshops about housing, which can be a good place to start with your search.

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Housing Consumer Education Centers

Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs) are programs that help people make informed decisions about their housing situation. They provide housing search assistance, budget counseling, utility assistance, information about housing rights, help accessing rental assistance programs, and more.

Community Action Programs

Community Action Programs (CAPs) are organizations that help people and families gain self-sufficiency. They address the causes of poverty through programs that fight unemployment, inadequate housing, poor nutrition, and lack of educational opportunity. Many CAPs can help someone with a housing search.

Mass 2-1-1

Mass 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that specializes in is helping people meet their basic needs, like find emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.

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Affordable Housing

Information about public housing, rental assistance programs, emergency housing, and other Massachusetts resources to help find safe and secure shelter.

MassAccess Housing Registry

The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people find affordable rental and home ownership opportunities in Massachusetts.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List for Massachusetts

Get on the Section 8 Centralized Wait List. Use the link below to apply to the Centralized List, and update personal information on a previous application. Most cities and towns use this application.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List for Massachusetts

Fill out the Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Public-Housing (CHAMP). Use this link to apply to state-aided public housing, and update personal information on a previous application. Most (but not all) cities and towns use this application.

Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts

The Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts offers information about searching for rental housing for people disabilities.

Need more help with housing?

Contact the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline. COMPASS is available Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Call us at 617-704-6264 or email us at compass@namimass.org.

Learn more about the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline.