Office of Housing Stability
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the current public health emergency, we are not able to accept walk-ins for counseling. We are responding to requests for help that are emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 617-635-4200. We thank you for your understanding as we work hard to ensure the health and safety of our staff while continuing to serve Boston residents.
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.
If you're looking for information on affordable housing opportunities in Boston, Metrolist has information on lotteries, resales, and much more.
What we offer
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.
We research, draft, and put in place policies that aim to prevent displacement. Our goal is to keep our communities intact.
Programs and InitiativesPrograms
Housing Education Workshops
We hold workshops for Boston residents to learn more about housing search and tenant rights.
In January 2019, Mayor Walsh announced a six-piece legislative package focused on housing security. You can learn more about the housing security bills in the Mayor's legislative package:
Building upon his commitment to employ new strategies to preserve and create affordable housing and prevent displacement in Boston’s neighborhoods, Mayor Martin J. Walsh released An Action Plan to Reduce Evictions in Boston in December 2019. This Action Plan presents the recommendations of:
- the Eviction Prevention Task Force, a coalition of non-profit tenant advocacy organizations
- housing service providers
- legal aid organizations
- the real estate community, and
- key City of Boston staff from both the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND).
The report details the current landscape for evictions in Boston. It recommends an expansion of programs and services that have made an impact in preventing an increase in the number of evictions in Boston, despite the competitive housing market.