Justice 4 Housing

Resources

Re-entry Directory

Utility Assistance

https://www.toapply.org/MassLIHEAP
https://www.waitlistcheck.com/MA2977-1917
https://www.cityrentsubsidyprogram.org/

Family Housing and Shelters

https://brookviewhouse.org/
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Down Payment & Back Rent Assistance

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https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development/office-housing-stability/rental-relief-fund
https://applyhousinghelp.mass.gov/en-US/Pages/View/124/select-your-language
https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development/office-housing-stability/rental-relief-fund
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1370AuhG6Ktms2tshEmFNN1cOqXQt-g5bcpAnPox7ZcA/edit#gid=0

Affordable Housing Listings

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist/search?utm_source=Neighborhood+Development&utm_campaign=Metrolist+for+05.18.21&utm_medium=email
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/affordable-units-for-rent

Housing Search

https://www.homestart.org/housing-search
https://www.maloneyrealestate.com/BPDA-affordable-apartments-The-Smith
https://hotpads.com/boston-ma/rooms-for-rent
https://www.gosection8.com/

Apply for Subsidized and Section 8

https://masshousing.com/en/renters/common-preapp
https://www.bostonhousing.org/en/For-Section-8-Leased-Housing/How-Rent-is-Set/Payment-Standards.aspx

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Buy A Home

https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2021/04/NHI%20Application_ENGLISH.pdf

Find My Legislator

https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator

CORI Sealing

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XZHQCMM
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File A Discrimination Complaint

https://www.mass.gov/doc/gl-c-258e-harassment-prevention-order-application-forms
https://www.masslegalhelp.org/housing/section-8-discrimination
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Housing Legal Help

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/housing/lt1-pullout-12-evictions
https://www.suffolk.edu/law/academics-clinics/clinics-experiential-opportunities/housing-discrimination-testing-program

Mutual Aid

HomeOwnership Program

https://mahahome.org/Enabling-First-Generation-Homeownership-Massachusetts
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/airbnb-for-returning-citizens-gives-people-more-than-just-a-second-chance

Financial Literacy

https://www.compassfsslink.org/

Continuum of Care (COC)

https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNehXQK-uDvbzfZ6FZwm0ooZfHo6OHEH2Y-5IhdW1ZMHRY7Q/formResponse?pli=1

Eviction Attorneys

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2fa5Gmk5TkGuFrCCuk4SnVxY0vgf8S4kvVWS1GL8MhnUj3Q/viewform

Affordable Housing Listings

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist/search?utm_source=Neighborhood+Development&utm_campaign=Metrolist+for+05.18.21&utm_medium=email
https://www.boston.gov/buildinghousing/blue-hill-ave-action-plan-b1-sites?utm_source=Neighborhood+Development&utm_campaign=Blue+Hill+Ave+RFP+Info+Session&utm_medium=email
https://affordablehousingonline.com/low-income-housing-section-8-apartments
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/affordable-units-for-rent

Search For Housing

https://www.homestart.org/housing-search
https://www.maloneyrealestate.com/BPDA-affordable-apartments-The-Smith

Rooms For Rent

https://hotpads.com/boston-ma/rooms-for-rent
https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2fa5Gmk5TkGuFrCCuk4SnVxY0vgf8S4kvVWS1GL8MhnUj3Q/formResponse
https://www.jobsforfelonshub.com/housing/massachusetts/

Housing Applications

https://masshousing.com/en/renters/common-preapp

Food Assistance

https://womenslunchplace.org/healthy-meals-program

Eviction Prevention

Reviewing rental and eviction data and familiarizing yourself with the tools available are critical to support rental housing counseling in your service area. Exploring data can also help you improve your housing counseling agency work plan and identify needs in your community. 

Data and Tools

  • The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has built the first nationwide database of evictions. Find out how many evictions happen in your community and create custom maps, charts, and reports. Housing Counseling Agencies can use this data when designing their rental housing counseling programs.
  • American Community Survey (ACS) Data summarizes social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics throughout the United States.
  • CPD Consolidated Plans are designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions. Housing Counseling Agencies may find the rental-specific needs helpful when designing their rental housing counseling programs.
  • Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University: Black and Hispanic Renters Face Greatest Threat of Eviction in Pandemic – As noted in the State of the Nation’s Housing 2020 Report, Black and Hispanic renter households in particular were twice as likely as white renter households to be behind on housing payments and twice as likely to report being at risk of eviction during COVID-19.
  • Urban Institute’s Emergency Rental Assistance Priority Index & Mapping Tool was developed to help local organizations conduct outreach and allocate resources to neighborhoods where low-income renters face greatest risk of eviction and homelessness due to COVID-19.

COVID Eviction Legal Help

Emergency Resources

Emergency Shelter

Down Payment Assistance

RAFT Application

Utility Assistance

Fuel Assistance

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ABCD Energy Assistance

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Criminal History Denial

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on membership in groups called protected classes. These classes include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. While federal law does not prohibit criminal background screening, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released guidance about how the Fair Housing Act applies to housing policies with regard to criminal background checks.

Criminal background checks are often used as screening criteria for rental housing to determine qualified applicants. For those with a criminal history, these screenings have become a barrier to obtaining housing. Many formerly incarcerated individuals, who have paid their debt to society, face continued penalties outside of the courts by being excluded from much of the housing market. HUD recognizes racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system including disproportionate and unequal rates of arrests and convictions, and harsher sentencing of African Americans and Latinx populations in particular. The result of this disparity is a disproportionate burden on these protected classes, which can be a violation of the Fair Housing Act. Therefore, HUD has released guidance to address this housing obstacle.