Office of Housing Stability
You can find additional information on the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program. The Rental Relief Fund is also available:
The Boston Public Health Commission issued a new public health order on August 31, 2021 establishing a moratorium on evictions in the city of Boston. This order went into effect immediately and may protect you if you are a city of Boston resident that has been ordered to leave your home for reasons other than criminal activity.
If you’re able to, you should pay your rent. If you need help paying your past and future rent, apply for rental assistance today. Applying for rental assistance may “stop the clock” on the eviction process if you’ve received a Notice to Quit.
Virtual Walk-In Hours and Clinics
Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Office of Housing Stability hosts a virtual clinic for small landlords and tenants. Complete our online form to RSVP for this virtual clinic.
Every Wednesday from 12 p.m., Office of Housing Stability staff host virtual walk-in hours to answer your housing questions. Complete our online form to RSVP for these walk-in hours.
At both the clinics and walk-in hours, staff can assist you with Rental Relief Fund applications and other financial assistance.
Having housing issues in Boston?Get help
Only a judge can evict you. A landlord cannot force you out by changing the locks or shutting off the utilities. Visit the "I'm having problems with my landlord" drawer for more information.STEP 1
Applying for rental assistance now may temporarily stop your housing court case. Specifically, the court cannot “enter a judgment” against you or “issue an execution” before your financial assistance has been approved or denied.
If you can’t pay your rent, you should work with your landlord to seek financial assistance from:
If you received a Notice to Quit or Eviction Summons and Complaint from the Court, visit our "how to respond to an eviction" and "what to do when facing eviction" pages for more information about legal resources.STEP 2
Fill out this form (available in English, Español, Português, 中文, Français, Kriolu Kabuverdianu, Kreyòl ayisyen, Soomaali, русский, Tiếng Việt, or عربى) in your preferred language and email it to OHSintake@boston.gov. An OHS staff member will review the form and, if you qualify, refer your case to a lawyer from Greater Boston Legal Services.
Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Office of Housing Stability hosts a virtual clinic. You can complete our online form to RSVP for this clinic, where you can speak with attorneys and a landlord mediator.
Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Office of Housing Stability hosts a virtual clinic. Complete our online form to RSVP for this clinic, where you can speak with attorneys and a landlord mediator.Apply for funds to help with rental arrears with:
You cannot be evicted if you have a rental assistance application pending. Specifically, the court cannot “enter a judgment” against you or “issue an execution” before your financial assistance has been approved or denied.
Please call 2-1-1 or visit this website for more information about resources outside of the City of Boston.
Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Office of Housing Stability hosts a virtual clinic. Complete our online form to RSVP for this clinic, where you can speak with attorneys and a landlord mediator.
A landlord cannot force you out by changing the locks or shutting off the utilities. Landlords must follow a legal process. Learn about the eviction process.Your landlord cannot:
- move your belongings out of your apartment
- change your locks
- shut off your utilities, or
- interfere with your use of the unit without permission from the court.
- Call the police.
- Call the Attorney General's Office at 617-727-8400 or fill out this form
- Call the Office of Housing Stability at 617-635-4200 or 3-1-1 and ask for legal assistance.
- Fill out this form (available in English, Español, Português, 中文, Français, Kriolu Kabuverdianu, Kreyòl ayisyen, Soomaali, русский, Tiếng Việt, or عربى) in your preferred language and email it to OHSintake@boston.gov.
- your apartment needs repairs or is in code violation, or
- your utilities have been shut off.
Visit this MassLegalHelp page for more information.
- Use Metrolist to search for affordable housing.
- Fill out this Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Programs.
- Visit the Boston Housing Authority website.
- Watch this housing search workshop in English or Spanish.
- Visit HousingWorks for additional resources.
- If your income is below 80 percent AMI, the Office of Housing Stability has contracts with several nonprofits that are here to assist you with housing search. Email email@example.com or call (617) 635-4200 for a direct referral.
- If you are a family that needs shelter tonight, follow the state's guide for families.
- If you are an individual that needs shelter tonight, visit our services for the homeless page.
- If you are a youth in need of assistance, visit our ending youth homelessness page.
- You can also call 3-1-1 for non-emergency help in Boston.
- You can call 2-1-1 or visit this website for help outside of Boston.
- If you're not eligible for emergency assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-635-4200 for help.
The Office of Housing Stability (OHS) is constantly looking for new ways to partner with undergraduate and graduate students who share an interest in:
- housing affordability
- housing justice, and
- eviction prevention.
Interns with OHS will have the opportunity to learn from staff who are knowledgeable about housing resources for tenants and landlords. They'll work with Boston residents who are at risk of housing instability.
Interns may also have the opportunity to support the:
- development, and
- implementation of new programs and policies that the office is exploring.
Fill out our expression of interest form to apply for an internship.
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We help tenants in housing crisis due to fire, natural disaster, eviction, or condemnation. Email email@example.com or call 617-635-4200 to contact us. 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 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.