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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.

Why we’re doing it

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.

Renters

Simply enter preferences like location or number of bedrooms to see a list of apartments, mapped to transit. See amenities important to you—elevators, playgrounds, parking, AC. We make it clear if the building is restricted by age or the rent is “deeply affordable” and adjusted to your income.

Property Owners

You can feature properties just like on any marketing site with engaging photos, floor plans and brochures. We make it easy to add critical details on eligibility and special amenities. Enter your properties with our user-friendly input tool—putting them in front of a wide audience of potential renters.

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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.
Chrystal Kornegay Executive Director, Mass Housing

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 180,000 affordable 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.

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What's in the future?

We’re beta-testing our search tool in summer 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.

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