"Metrolist" is a clearinghouse for income-restricted and affordable housing opportunities in Boston and neighboring communities. We can help you search for housing or list your rental unit for free in our database.
- Searching for affordable housing opportunities in Boston and the surrounding metro area? View our Affordable Property Table and Lotteries.
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We're working to expand and improve our resources for landlords and tenants. We know how important it is to have timely, accurate, and complete housing information. This version of Metrolist is only the first step; we will continue to update and enhance your experience.
- Boston Housing Authority (BHA): BHA provides affordable housing opportunities in and around Boston to low-income residents through public housing and state and federal voucher programs. Learn more about their apartment listings, programs and how to apply.
- Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP): MBHP is Massachusetts' largest regional provider of rental housing voucher assistance. Learn more about their programs or view their list of affordable rental apartments in Greater Boston.
- Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA): BPDA implements Boston's Inclusionary Development Program, which creates and maintains affordable housing opportunities for middle and moderate-income households. Learn more about applying for rental and homeownership lotteries and re-sale opportunities.
- New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA): NEAHMA provides tenancy preservation resources and an affordable housing search tool.
- MassHousing: MassHousing finances construction and preservation of affordable rental housing in Massachusetts and maintains a list of its projects with affordable housing.
- MassAccess Housing Registry: MassAccess Housing Registry highlights rental and homeownership opportunities for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.
- Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA): CHAPA lists affordable homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts.
- HUD Low Rent Apartment Search: HUD maintains a database of affordable apartments in Massachusetts.
Public Housing is housing owned and operated by a local housing authority, such as the Boston Housing Authority. This type of housing is funded by a number of state and federal programs to help low-income individuals, families, the elderly, and the disabled. For more details on public housing programs, visit Boston Housing Authority (BHA) or HUD websites.
Rental Assistance Programs provide financial aid (vouchers) to help low-income households rent apartments. The value of the voucher is determined by household income, size and geography and can be used in private market housing. Examples of rental assistance include Section 8, the Mass Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).
Privately Owned Subsidized Housing is owned and operated by private owners who receive subsidies for renting to low and moderate-income households.
Tax Credit Units provide an affordable housing option for moderate or middle-income households.