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 (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.
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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.
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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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Information about public housing, rental assistance programs, emergency housing, and other Massachusetts resources to help find safe and secure shelter.
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The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people find affordable rental and home ownership opportunities in Massachusetts.
- Visit the MassAccess Housing Registry (opens in a new window)
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.
- Visit the Section 8 Housing Centralized Waiting List (opens in a new window)
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.
- Visit the Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Public-Housing (opens in a new window)
The Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts offers information about searching for rental housing for people disabilities.
- Read the Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts (opens in a new window)