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.

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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.

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

This website can help people apply to the Centralized Section 8 Waiting List in Massachusetts, and help previous applicants update personal information.

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

Learn more about the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline.