Connecting people to home
Everyone should have solid information for making choices about where to live. But that’s not the case. There hasn’t been a full guide to Massachusetts affordable housing options since 1986!
Housing Navigator is changing that. We’ve developed a free online tool that makes it simple to search for affordable rentals statewide.
How does it work?
Working with owners and public sector partners, we’re developing a comprehensive database of income-restricted rentals from all over the state. Property owners and managers verify their listings—everywhere you see the “Verified” sign—ensuring that renters can trust the results.
The Navigator aligns with MassHousing’s mission to confront the housing challenges facing the Commonwealth to improve the lives of its people. We use technology for so much today—many may be surprised this didn’t already exist.
The Need for Housing Navigator
Massachusetts has the 3rd highest rents in the nation—making affordable housing even more vital. Yet there’s no easy way to answer the simplest question for renters—Where is housing I can afford?
Our tool will help renters and affordable housing owners find each other.
Beyond easing the search for a home, our database of over 200,000 housing units will improve transparency, helping us all understand what affordable housing the state already has and what renters are looking for. The state’s limited dollars for affordable housing can be targeted to where they are most needed.
What's in the future?
We’re beta-testing our search tool in May 2021. And we’re busily verifying listings with owners for our public launch. The best way to keep up with our progress and the go-live date is to sign up for the newsletter.
We won’t stop when we go live with the first release. We have identified 3300+ affordable properties and commit to showing listings wherever we have reliable, actionable information. We’ll keep digging to bring more listings to light. And we’ll keep adding options and improvements to make searches even better and more useful.