The search for housing should be about opportunity—moving near a job or family, staying in the community you love, or finding an elevator building when the steps get too hard.
Instead, without a centralized database or search tool, finding an affordable home is time-consuming, confusing, and stressful.
Stable housing leads to positive outcomes in health, happiness, educational achievement, and lifetime earnings.
Since our 2019 founding, Housing Navigator MA has worked to improve housing access and address an inequitable system with smart technology and informational resources.
HNMI will reach 10,000 unique users per month during its first year, providing some of the most vulnerable residents of Massachusetts with the tools they need to find an affordable home.
There’s so much more to do to open up housing access and make every community truly welcoming. Our progress wouldn’t be possible without your support.
We want to do more and do it even better
As we build the Massachusetts housing inventory database, we are also creating a resource with enormous potential to inform policy. The data we provide will demonstrate the state’s dire need for greater investment in affordable housing, as well as ensure that future resources equitably and efficiently address demand.
We won’t stop with our first release. We aim to simplify the process with better tools and clearer information. There’s a lot for us to do!
Why It Matters
There are nearly 640,000 renter households in Massachusetts with incomes below 80% of area median income (AMI). Of those, 317,000 have incomes under 30% AMI.
When we started, the state of Massachusetts hadn’t published a full affordable housing inventory since 1986. With your help, Housing Navigator will continue to bridge the digital divide to transform the way people look for housing — now and for the next 35 years.