Housing Services & Supports

Housing services includes housing supports and residential options for individuals who need supports or monitoring 24 hours a day.

Housing 

Housing options such as shared living environments designed to meet service needs including Congregate Housing, Supportive Housing, Assisting Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities are available.  Find out more through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)

Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is a non-profit organization for affordable housing and community development activities in Massachusetts. CHAPA encourages the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families.

Department of Housing and Community Development

Department of Housing and Community Development promotes safe, decent affordable housing opportunities and offers assistance with how to obtain housing assistance.

Housing Consumer Education Centers

Housing Consumer Education Centers are administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development to support the regional delivery of housing information and assistance services throughout the Commonwealth. These centers offer answers to a wide range of questions about all types of housing problems. Tenants, landlords, prospective buyers, and homeowners can access information designed to maximize housing stability, strengthen investments, and minimize disputes.

MassAccess Housing Registry

MassAccess Housing Registry helps people to find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts.

Residential Supports 

Residential Supports – Some residential support services and programs are offered in specialized housing to individuals people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with intense support needs. Residential Supports that provide care, supervision, basic life skills, and community living skills training are available to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Department of Developmental Services.

Residential Options for Children and Adults 

Residential options for children and adults with mental health conditions includea series of services and programs including screening and needs assessments for adults living in homeless shelters. Residential options for individuals with mental health conditions are available through the Department of Mental Health. 

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Adaptive Housing Program

MRC's Adaptive Housing Program's goal is to provide accessible housing to individuals with disabilities in their primary, permanent residence to enhance their ability to participate in vocational services, and to return to work. The Adaptive Housing Program provides architectural modifictions to the private residences of individuals and related equipment installation to remove impairment related barriers to occupancy by the individual. Examples of modifications that may be eligible under this program are wheelchair access via lifts, ramps, door widening, or bathroom modifications such as roll in showers or grab bars. For more information, please contact Eugene Blumkin at 617-204-3721 or Eugene.Blumkin@MRC.state.ma.us

Home Ownership

The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) offers a range of home ownership programs -- for buying or fixing up a home -- to people of low to moderate income, people with disabilities, and first-time home owners. MHFA programs include low-interest (below market rate) mortgages, home buyer counseling, home improvement loans, lead-removal financing, and septic repair loans. (617) 854-1000, TTY: 617-854-1025.

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