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Last updated: 4/5/18

Office of Housing Stability

We help residents find and maintain stable, safe, and affordable housing.

Our office works to prevent displacement. It's our mission to promote housing preservation and stabilization. In that way, the Office of Housing Stability is one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Looking for information on affordable housing opportunities in Boston? Metrolist has information on lotteries, resales, and much more.

Have questions? Contact us:

26 Court Street
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What we offer

Housing Crisis Support

We help tenants in housing crisis due to fire, natural disaster, eviction, or condemnation. We also have information on emergency resources for tenants. Our goal is to put residents on the path to housing stability.

Tenant and Landlord Information

We provide information to tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities.

Program and Resource Development

We develop tenant and landlord resources and programs. We want to promote the creation and preservation of stable and affordable housing in Boston.

Advocacy and Policy

We research, draft, and put in place policies that aim to prevent displacement. Our goal is to keep our communities intact.

Meet Us in the Community

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Anti-Displacement Policies

Policies
About the Bill:

The Jim Brooks Stabilization Act would protect residential tenants facing eviction or lease non- renewal by informing them of their legal rights and available resources to help preserve their tenancies.

Bill information:

Read the proposed Jim Brooks Stabilization Act or learn more with our Frequently Asked Questions.

Voice your Support:

The City Council passed the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act and Mayor Walsh signed it. The Act now requires approval from State Legislature. 

Reach out to your state local representative

About the Bill:

The proposed Right of First Refusal will provide tenants in properties to be sold at foreclosure or by short sale a right of first refusal to purchase the property. This right is an important tool to prevent displacement which occurs when properties are foreclosed or subject to short-sale and then cleared out by investors.

Bill Information:

Read the proposed Right of First Refusal Bill or learn more through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Voice your Support:

Find out the current status of the Right of First Refusal Bill in the State House and Senate and voice your support with your local representative.

About the Bill:

The proposed income tax credits to encourage rent reasonableness would give a $1500 tax credit to residential property owners who maintain their rents at or below market in buildings with 2-6 units.

Bill Information:

Read the proposed Income Tax Credit or learn more with our Frequently Asked Questions.

Voice your Support:

Find out the current status of the proposed Income Tax Credit in the State House and Senate and voice your support with your local representative.

About the Bill:

The Act to Promote Homelessness Prevention would provide a right to counsel for low-income tenants in certain eviction cases. In Massachusetts, only six (6) percent of tenants are represented in eviction proceedings compared to the majority of landlords who are able to afford legal representation. The Act is necessary to equal the playing field for Massachusetts’ low-income tenants and to prevent the consequences of homelessness to tenants and Massachusetts taxpayers who pay the cost of expensive shelter programs.

Bill Information:

Read the proposed Right to Counsel and learn more with our Frequently Asked Questions.

Voice your Support:

Find out the current status of the Right to Counsel in the State House and Senate and voice your support with your local representative.