Mayor Walsh’s Housing Stability Notification Act is in the process of being enacted. The Act requires property owners and constables serving a Notice to Quit and Notice of Lease Non-renewal to also provide tenants with a document containing resources and information about tenant rights. This document will be available soon. Please fill out this Expression of Interest form in English or Spanish. We will let you know when the document is available.Foreclosure help
The Boston Home Center's call center is open (617-635-4663). You can also email HomeCenter@boston.gov. Aside from foreclosure help, they can assist with emergency repairs and buying or maintaining a home.
What we doWhat We Do
The Office of Housing Stability (OHS) helps residents find and maintain stable, safe, and affordable housing.
OHS helps tenants in housing crisis due to fire, natural disaster, eviction, or condemnation. They also have information on emergency resources for tenants. Their goal is to put residents on the path to housing stability.TENANT AND LANDLORD INFORMATION
They provide information to tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities.
They develop tenant and landlord resources and programs. They want to promote the creation and preservation of stable and affordable housing in Boston.ADVOCACY AND POLICY
They research, draft, and put in place policies that aim to prevent displacement. Their goal is to keep our communities intact.
The Boston Home Center helps Boston residents buy, improve, and keep their homes.
- training, financial help and counseling to first-time homebuyers
- guidance and funding for homeowners to complete home improvements, and
- counseling to help families avoid foreclosure
They also market brand new houses developed for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers.
The Housing Innovation Lab is working to increase housing affordability. The lab tests innovative housing models and accelerates the pace of innovation in the housing sector.
The Housing Innovation Lab puts people at the center of their work. They engage both internal and external partners to move the work forward. The Lab also experiments early and often, taking a prototype-driven approach to policy making.Housing Innovation Lab projects include:
The Neighborhood Housing Development Division ensures that public funding is wisely invested in strong affordable housing developments. These developments serve both their local neighborhoods and the citizens of Boston.
Affordable Housing Preservation is part of Housing Development. They fund loans for developers who want to buy and fix up old housing. Developers can also buy land through a Request for Proposal process. Learn more about how we sell our land to developers.The division works with partner agencies to:
- keep affordable housing options on the market
- create open spaces in the City
- fix up abandoned properties, and
- offer housing services to low-income and homeless residents.
This office creates our annual budget, which is about $100 million. They also oversee more than 4,700 loan accounts totaling more than $300 million.
A detailed documents of our policies.APPLICATION FOR SUBORDINATION
The application includes a checklist of policies and procedures.STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE
You may need to get this signed by Inspectional Services if you want to subordinate a loan.AFFIRMATION OF COMPLIANCE
Some of our loans are partially forgivable. To qualify for forgiveness, you'll need to sign and notarize this form.CASH FLOW CALCULATION FORM
Some of our loans require annual cash flow payments. This form must be filled out and returned with the borrower's annual financials.
Policy Development and Research (PDR) supports:
- program development
- research and policy analysis, and
- mapping and data services.
PDR also works on grant-writing and assistance on regulatory and compliance matters. PDR staff oversee the citizen participation process for the City of Boston’s annual grant allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also prepare the federally required plans and reports.
- Sales Trends 2018
- Foreclosure Trends 2017
- Distressed buildings in Boston
- Student Housing Report 2018-2019
To meet federal requirements, the City of Boston is making an Assessment of Fair Housing in Boston.Neighborhood housing reports
- Income-restricted housing in Boston
- Income-restricted housing database
- Affordable Housing in Boston
- Neighborhood Housing Trust
Real Estate Management and Sales (REMS) is responsible for
- the maintenance
- site assessment, and
- disposition of the City’s tax foreclosed and surplus property.
These properties can include vacant parcels, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial properties. REMS manages the process through which land and buildings are disposed. That often involves:
- community meetings
- crafting and issuing Requests for Proposals, and
- overseeing the review selection process of bidders.
In addition, REMS is responsible for the care and custody of the Strand Theatre.
The Supportive Housing Division provides funding for housing and supportive services for:
- homeless populations
- those at risk of homelessness, and
- housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
The Supportive Housing Division manages over $30 million in federal grants. The division funds nonprofits to provide services for households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with HIV/AIDS.Read more about our programs and initiatives:
Creating affordable housing
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