Housing Search + Advocacy

Housing Search Weekly – January 7th, 2020

Resource of the Week

Brookview House | Dorchester
2-3 Bedroom Lottery. 30% AMI.
Apply: Request Online Application Here 

Applications due 02/03/2020

Current Housing Lotteries:

The Rockwell| Berlin
1-2 Bedroom Lottery. 50%, 80% AMI. Utilities not included.
Apply: Click here for application
Applications due 01/06/2020

400 @ Mystic & The Commons at Prospect Hill| Somerville
1-2 bedroom lottery. 50%, 80% AMI
Apply: Click here for application
Application due: January 8th, 2020

Charles Stoughton| Stoughton
1-2 BR lottery. 80% AMI
Apply: complete ready renter application then contact Barbara @ Barbara@metrowestcd.org
Applications due: January 9th, 2020

839 Beacon Street Fenway | Boston
Studio—2 bedroom lottery. 70% AMI.
Apply: Request an online application here
Applications due: January 22nd, 2020

Brookview House | Dorchester
2-3 bedroom lottery. 30% AMI.
Apply: Request an online application here
Applications due: February 3rd, 2020

The Sudbury Apartments | Boston
Studio—3BR lottery. 70% AMI.
Apply: Request an online application here
Applications due: February 3rd, 2020


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Re-opened Waitlists

Woodbourne Apartments | Jamaica Plain
Elderly 62(+) and disabled. 1-2 Bedroom waitlist reopened.
Apply: Call 617-522-9022 or email Woodbourne@tcbinc.org

Alexander Magnolia Co-op | Dorchester
4-BR waitlist re-opening. Moderate-income households apply.
Apply: Pick up app at 36 Alexander Street, Dorchester, MA or call Maloney Properties (617) 427-7280

Charlesbank Cooperative Corporation | Boston
Studio wait list reopened. Voucher holders apply.
Apply: Email Charlesbank@maloneyproperties.com

Silsbee Tower Apartments | Lynn
1 BR waitlist re-opening for people 62+/disabled
Apply: Call (781) 593-6515

Winter Valley Residences for the Elderly | Milton
Studio-2 BR waitlist for 62+. 16 assisted living units available.
Apply: www.mreinc.org or (617) 698-3005

River Rock Residences | Salem
1-2 BR waitlist opened. 80% AMI.
Apply: Complete Ready Renter Application and then contact barbara@metrowestcd.org

Applications to Prioritize

Commonwealth Land Trust | Dorchester and South End

  • Multiple SRO vacancies for SRO’s for homeless, HIV+ individuals at Crawford Street Residence in Dorchester
  • To apply: Bring homeless verification and HIV/AIDS diagnosis letter to Steve Wilkins on Tuesdays 10am-2pm at CLT (see map).
  • Contact Steve at (617) 445-4075 x208
  • Click here for more information

Cambridge Coordinated Access Network (C-CAN) |
Supportive Housing – Cambridge

  • People who are homeless in Cambridge can complete a C-CAN intake/assessment to join the eligibility pools for Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, and/or Rapid Re-Housing programs for which they may be prioritized; to potentially be connected to Housing Navigators that can assist with documentation readiness and housing search; and to receive a range of “soft” referrals to various needs they may have. Click here for a list of participating programs and services.
  • As of 2/6/2019, walk-in hours at the Multi-Service Center are temporarily unavailable due to staffing. C-CAN is working to resume these hours as soon as possible; until then, please contact FirstStep Street Outreach for mobile assessment.
  • Mobile Assessment: C-CAN strives to make the assessment as accessible as possible; for clients on the street who are unable to come to the Multi-Service Center, FirstStep Street Outreach workers are equipped to offer assessment in the field throughout Cambridge. Call 617-592-6895 to connect to FirstStep for assessment or other outreach needs.

Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, and Community-Based Housing

Updates from the Long Term Care Alliance

Documentation: All CBH applicants need to include the CBH certification form with the application.

Community-Based Housing


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Housing Authority Updates

News from DHCD’s New CHAMP system

The CHAMP website is here:


More FAQ’s are answered on the mass.gov website here:


MRVP has its own application now, currently only in English on their website:


Public Notice on CHAMP system

Middleton Housing Authority
Reopening the 2 and 3BR family waitlists
More Info…

Boston Housing Authority

***Important Changes to Boston Housing Authority Application process***
Boston Housing Authority & The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have officially started the process for launching the state-wide public housing application and centralized waitlist system which will be implemented by Boston Housing Authority & all state-funded public housing authorities in Massachusetts. This new online system is known as the Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Public-Housing (CHAMP). While DHCD and BHA continue to work on the online application system, the first step–effective immediately– is the addition of a new CHAMP Application Package as a supplement to the current BHA application. To apply for housing with BHA our applicants may obtain the new interim CHAMP/BHA Application Package by:

  • Visiting the BHA’s John F. Murphy Housing Service Center, located at 56 Chauncy Street, Downtown Boston: Monday-Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00p.m. to obtain the BHA Application
  • The Elderly or Disabled may request a mailed copy of the BHA Application by calling the status Line at: (617) 988-3400 Monday-Wednesday between 11:00AM and 2:00PM
    The schedule to submit completed applications remain the same:
  • Applicants or advocates on their behalf need to submit their completed and signed BHA Application in person only on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at: 56 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111 First Floor 617-988-3400
    • Applicants or advocates on their behalf need to submit their completed and signed BHA Application in person only on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at: 56 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111 First Floor 617-988-3400 The application is now available on the BHA web

Elderly Housing
Ongoing applications to Lower Mills, Heritage, Building 104, Central Boston Elder Services and Morville House will be accepted, regardless of priority status, for elders 62+.
More info

Here are some things to keep in mind when applying to Boston Housing Authority (BHA):

  • Elderly applicants are given a heavily weighted preference at certain BHA developments. If your client is 62+ for federal housing or 60+ for state housing and interested in living in Boston, consider prioritizing the BHA application.
  • BHA also provides a preference for veterans. If your client is a veteran, consider prioritizing the BHA application.
  • Individual applicants can choose to apply studio or one bedroom units. Studios are more commonly available.

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Subsidized Housing through Private Management Companies

Kenmore Abbey
Kenmore Square
Waiting re-opening for 1 & 2 BR-units. 62+/disabled, low-income households apply.
Apply: In person (490 Comm. Ave Boston, MA 02215), online (http://www.kenmoreabbey-apts.com/ or request by e-mail: kenmore@poahcommunities.com).

Casa Maria
Studio, 1 and 2BR waitlist reopened
62+ and/or disabled housing

St. Cecelia’s
Short waiting list!

West Broadway Homes
South Boston
1 and 2BR fully accessible units
Pick up applications Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am-2pm
or send SASE to 73 Crowley Rodgers Way, South Boston, 02127

Swan Pond Village
South Yarmouth
1-4 BR
2 year waitlist

Everett Villa

Riverside Towers
Short list for 62+!

Wellfleet Apartments
1, 2 and 3BRs

More info

Lord Manor
Short list for project-based units

Newton Corner YMCA
Eligibility: single men, homeless or at risk of homelessness
Immigration documentation is not required

Sr. Virginia Mulhern
Jamaica Plain
A short list for chronically homeless applicants

Caritas Communities
*Specifically for Veterans*
New Bedford
Return application to:
Hope Lanphear
25 Braintree Hill Office Park
Braintree, MA 02184
Supplemental forms

Oak Hill

More info

Pine Oaks

More info

Northampton Square
South End

$494/ month
Homeless priority; must provide verification
Minimum gross income: $1098/month
More info

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Supportive and Transitional Housing


HIV-Specific Housing:

AAC Residential Programs
Supportive Housing
Complete the Universal HIV application and AAC cover page to be considered
Universal HIV Application
AAC Residential Cover Page

Mobile voucher program for chronically homeless individuals and families

AAC Residential Programs: SHEH
Supportive Housing- Cambridge
SRO’s for chronically homeless men
Very short wait list!
Apply through walk-ins with CCAN
Click here for information on walk-in schedule

Joseph McAllister House
South End

Joy Street
Beacon Hill
Studio, 1 and 2br apartments
short waitlist!

Corey Seton Manor
Supportive Housing
Must be homeless and living with HIV

Ruah House and Serenity House

Serenity House:
Men & women
Homelessness eligibility
MCM provided with housing
Rent is 30% of income

Ruah House:
Women only
Homelessness eligibility
MCM provided with housing
Rent is 30% of income, subsidy will be processed through CHA

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity or specific eligibility requirements, please contact Tammy Simmons-Dixon at Victory Programs Inc. at tsdixon@vpi.org or P: (617) 282-4102 ext. 374

A Positive Place

Betsy Shally-Jensen, PhD, CDM
Director, A Positive Place
PO Box 1299
Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 586-8288 x 5

AAC’s Residential Programs
Some slots are designated for chronically homeless individuals and families.
***If the applicant is chronically homeless, please submit the chronic homeless verification form with the application.***

YMCA- Cambridge
Apply to this and other supportive housing opportunities in Cambridge through the Cambridge Coordinated Access Network.

St. Paul
Supportive Housing through AAC
Seeking single, homeless female applicants
Use AAC Residential Programs application on the cart.

Commonwealth Land Trust
Pay for Success program
New opportunity for chronically homeless applicants
Visit 1059 Tremont St on Tuesdays, 10am-2pm for an intake.
Bring verification of chronic homeless status, medical insurance card, photo ID and income verification.
Several sites in Boston and Lawrence
The waiting list is short
Contact Steve Wilkins at Commonwealth Land Trust at 617-445-4075 ex. 208

Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Eligibility: Homeless (streets, shelters, in a substandard living situation), single Latino household, the household must live outside of Boston, HIV+
Contact: Sue, (857) 399-1915 x2424
Huntington at Symphony
Eligibility: Homeless, HIV+
Contact: Sue, (857) 399-1915 x2424
Youth Housing Initiative
18-24 years-old; HIV+
Contact: Jonathan Regis
MHSA Youth Housing
18-24 years-old; no HIV requirement
Contact: Sue, 857-399-1915 x2424

Robert McBride House
2BR available
Contact: Karen Branch at kbranch @maloneyproperties.com or 617-536-3658


Shelter List
HSA Shelter Guide

Not HIV-Specific Housing

4 Leighton St
Supportive Housing
1 BR
Eligibility: homeless, disabled
Preference for those in need of drug treatment program
MRVP subsidy-undocumented people can apply!
More info

Howard House
Eligibility: homeless veterans with a voucher or moderate income
More Info

Carey Program

SRO- YMCA, Cambridge
Eligibility: homeless males interested in committing to a two-year transitional program; six months of sobriety required
Referral and Information

Elders Living at Home
Eligibility: 62+ and homeless
Fact Sheet
Referral Form

YWCA Cambridge

Heading Home
SROs for homeless women
Contact: Delica Charles at DCharles@YWCACAM.org

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

Apply through local VA
More Info

Transitional Housing Programs:

Lowell Transitional Living Center | Lowell

  • Emergency bed program for HIV+ and high-risk negative clients with case management services.
  • Clients must be from one of the following towns/cities in the Merrimack Valley: Amesbury, Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburybort, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, West Newbury, Westford, Wilmington.
  • Contact info: IStephens@LTLC.org


Living and Recovery Community (LARC) | Jamaica Plain

LARC serves men and women living with HIV/AIDS and alcoholism and/or drug addiction whose histories of addiction relapse have jeopardized their ability to access and/or maintain stable residency in either treatment or housing programs. LARC fully integrates persons involved in medication-assisted treatments into the stabilization program.
Click here for more information and application.

Maranda’s House

Maranda’s House is a nine-bedroom congregate, permanent housing program. The mission of Maranda’s House is to provide safe, affordable, housing for women living with HIV/AIDS and additionally provide mental health/substance use disorder counseling.

Eligibility summary: homeless, HIV+, female


Contact number: 508-860-1005


VA Transitional Housing:
Female Veterans
Per Diem Housing

YWCA Cambridge

Contact: cjohnson@headinghomeinc.org

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Voucher Holders

The following properties were advertised recently.

Please note that voucher holders are eligible to apply for these opportunities even if they don’t meet the minimum income requirements

MCO Housing Services
Available units for moderate-income households and voucher holders.
More info

2 and 3BR
moderate income/ voucher holders
Liz Hernandez: 617.398.6576
More info

Massachusetts Mills
studio and 2BR
moderate income/ voucher holders
More info

Dudley Terrace
Voucher/moderate income units
1, 2 and 3br lists open
Applications must be picked up in person at
147 Moreland St, Roxbury MA 02119
More info

Mercantile Wharf
1 and 2BRs
Mail application to: Rkidd@peabodyproperties.com

Holcroft Houses Phase 1&2
Beverly—Northshore YMCA
1, 2, 3BR
2 BR waitlist >1 year. Rent: $1,010/month

Concord Mews
1, 2 and 3BR
More Info

1 and 2BRs
More Info

Parkside Commons

Hamilton Green
1 and 2BRs
More Info

50 West Broadway
South Boston
Waitlist open for one and two bedrooms
Moderate income households and voucher holders should apply
Call for application: 617-269-9300

24 Merrimack Street
1 and 2BRs
Moderate income households and voucher holders should apply
Viewings begin early December
Call for application: (978) 905-7724

Harrison Tower
Studio, 2BR

Mill Pond

More Info

The Parc
1, 2 and 3BRs
More Info

Maxwell’s Green
Studio, 1, 2, and 3BRs

Bloomfield Gardens
1, 2, and 3BRs
More Info and Application

Wilkins Glen
1, 2, 3 and 4BRs
More Info

S-E-B Management
Developments currently accepting applications

Carleton House
More Info

City of Cambridge Rental Pool

Those with vouchers do not need to meet the minimum income requirement
More Info

Northampton Square

South End
Set aside for people who are currently homeless: in a shelter or on the street.
Minimum gross income: $1098/month (or voucher)
More Info

Parker Hill Apartments
Studio: $933
One BR: $1058
Two BR: $1264
Call: 888-842-7945

Metro West
Ready Renters covering Belmont, Lexington, Watertown and other Metro West towns
More Info

Peter Faneuil
SRO/Studio: $805
Eligible income range (without voucher): $21,536- $39,660

Bowdoin Manor
Beacon Hill
Market rate SROs
Eligible income range (without voucher): $12,000- $20,000
Open houses Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2 at 39 Bowdoin Street

Wollaston Manor
Studio: $1027
One BR: $1101
Call: 888-691-4301

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Affordable Homeownership

Affordable Home Buying Opportunities can be found on the following websites:

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