How Do I Find Housing?
Housing Advocate Agencies provide assistance with applications and provide other supports to help you find housing. They can assist or refer you for help with jobs, benefits, IDs, birth certificates, moving-in costs, and furniture once you find a place. They help to keep track of applications and often have information about special housing opportunities.
Homestart Boston Office
105 Chauncy St.
Referrals from shelters. Ask at whatever shelter or day program in Boston you go to for a referral to Homestart. Walk-in hours Wednesday 3-5 PM
ABCD Housing Department
178 Tremont St., 2nd floor
Call to join a housing workshop or housing search group.
Homestart Cambridge Office
552 Mass Ave. (Central Sq.), Suite 208A
Provides housing services for single people who are homeless in Cambridge. Appointments can be arranged for women in Cambridge shelters (this includes St. Patrick’s), Cambridge transitional programs and some residential treatment programs. The Cambridge office also holds walk in hours every Thursday from 3 PM-6 PM. Anyone can receive help with housing during those hours.
Somerville Homeless Coalition
1 Davis Square, basement
St. Patrick’s guests and other homeless people and families from Somerville, Arlington and other communities can use their services.
Multi Service Center
362 Green Street, Cambridge
Housing Advocacy with special services if you are an elder or have a disability. They also help you if you are a single person or family staying in Cambridge in a shelter or transitional housing. Call for an appointment.
Provides a housing search website. To access this site, go to http://www.housingworks.net. For printable instructions on using the site, click on Applicants: Search/Apply Services. To search the site, click on Enter and then on Housing Works.
MBHP Housing Consumer Education Center
125 Lincoln St., 5th floor, Boston (near South Station)
Mon.-Fri. 9-5 PM, Tues. until 7 PM. Access to phones, computers, and printers for housing searches. Information on housing resources. counselors available. Call or walk in.
Boston Housing Authority
52 & 56 Chauncy St., Boston (Downtown Crossing).
You can pick up applications at 56 Chauncy St. To check on your application and wait list status call 617-988-4200. Homelessness is a priority status and you need to have your shelter or advocate fill in their homeless verification form and return it with your application.
Cambridge Housing Authority
675 Massachusetts Ave. (Central Square), 2nd fl.
Walk in to pick up applications. You can call to find out your position on the CHA lists, and to make sure you have an active application. Cambridge Housing Authority has priorities for Cambridge residents, people who work in Cambridge, or have some essential connection to Cambridge. Homelessness is not a priority. If you are at a Cambridge shelter or use a Cambridge address this will help you.
Somerville Housing Authority
30 Memorial Rd., Somerville
If you are staying at a Somerville shelter or have been a resident of Somerville you might have a priority here. Call to make an appointment or stop by to get applications. Mon, Tue, Wed 8-4, Th 8-7PM, Fri 8-noon.
The Bay State Banner
Newspaper distributed free to churches, sidewalk boxes, CVS and Walgreens in Boston. This paper lists affordable housing opportunities when applications are being taken. Access The Bay State Banner at http://www.baystatebanner.com and click on real estate to get affordable housing listings and rentals.
Women Veterans’ Housing Services
There are almost 28,000 women veterans in Massachusetts. The Veterans Administration has a program for women veterans and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Call Lauren Dever at 857-364-4027 for information about intensive case management, help with housing, or clinical services. There is a transitional housing program for single women veterans too.
Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
New England Center for Homeless Veterans
17 Court St., Boston
Has up to 16 beds for women veterans. Length of stay is decided individually.
Cambridge Veterans’ Services
51 Inman St., 2nd floor, Cambridge
Monday 8 AM-8 PM, Tuesday-Thursday 8 AM-5 PM, Friday 8 AM-noon
If you are a spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for benefits. Call for information. Confidentiality is maintained in the case of domestic violence.
Women Veteran’s Network
617-210-5778, 617-210-5958, 617-210-5779
A website for more resources and activities:
“Hurry up and wait! but don’t get discouraged.”
“There is a lot of paperwork.”
“I worked my butt off.”
“The waiting is hard. Waiting and waiting can drive you crazy.”
“Get help with legal issues. An advocate can help. If you were in jail it is not necessarily a barrier to getting housing.”
“Most people lose their place on waiting lists because they move around and don’t get notices in time. Try to have a consistent mailing address that you can check at a day program you always go to or where your advocate is so that she can look out for your mail. If you change your address notify the housing agency immediately so your mail will follow you.”