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Temporary housing help for Haitian households

We are dedicating resources to provide short-term housing assistance to new arrivals from Haiti seeking asylum or Temporary Protective Status (TPS).

As part of this program, social service providers will work with households seeking housing and legal help. These households may receive funding for:

  • broker fees
  • rental assistance, and
  • move-in fees for housing up to $3,000. 

An Office of Housing Stability vendor will issue funding on behalf of displaced households to their assigned social service provider.

Program eligibility and process


For this pilot, households must be:

  • current City of Boston residents
  • presented for services in Boston on or after March 2020, and
  • in the process of seeking asylum or Temporary Protective Status (TPS) from Haiti.
Funds can be used for:
  • Broker fees to find and secure new housing 
  • First and last month’s rent and security deposits
  • Rental help for current housing
How to apply

Service providers must complete our online request form. As part of this process we require the following documents:

  • Signed W-9 for referral agency (who the check will be issued to) 
  • Proof of engagement or residency for the head of household, including a letter from a Boston-based service provider, proof of school enrollment, etc. 
  • Tenancy agreement or tenancy-at-will form 
  • Signed funding acceptance letter from referral agency (we will send this to you)
Referral Process

The Office of Housing Stability has limited funding to support households working with service providers. Due to the limited funding:

  • We are using a closed referral system. Households cannot apply directly to this program. Households must be working with a service provider on housing, legal, or medical assistance.
  • Only households who meet eligibility criteria will be able to receive help through this program.
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