The Department of Housing and Community Development exists to serve Massachusetts residents and ensure that they live with dignity and safety. See their website here or read below to learn more about how to apply in the South Shore region.
Massachusetts can help you with past-due rent payments and utility bills.
- Use this link to apply as a renter
- Use this link to apply as a landlord
- Use this link to find information on free legal help and mediation for landlords and tenants
For more information on Massachusetts emergency rental assistance visit Mass.gov
Improvements Made to Emergency Rental Assistance Application
Massachusetts recently made improvements to streamline the application process for emergency rental assistance. The state launched a new single, centralized application that replaces applications used by each individual regional agency. DHCD also expanded the application to allow landlords of any size to apply for emergency assistance on behalf of tenants. (The landlord application was previously limited to small owners with 20 or fewer units.)
Massachusetts Reaches Milestone in Distributing Emergency Rental Assistance
On October 1, the state reached a milestone of distributing $270 million in emergency rental assistance to over 40,000 households. According to the Baker-Polito Administration, Massachusetts hit a federal deadline to spend 65% of emergency rental assistance funds by September 30, making the state eligible to receive additional federal funds for rental assistance.