Rental Assistance

Do you need help paying for your rental housing?

There are resources that can assist you.


Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market.


Family Self Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary employment and savings incentive program for households with Housing Choice (aka Section 8) Vouchers (HCV).


RAFT and ERMA Assistance

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)are programs that can provide eligible households up to $10,000 to help keep their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless, regardless of source of income or lack of income.


Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program

The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program offers both tenant-based and unit-based rental assistance.


Additional Housing Resources

Other Local Housing Options: other housing resources in and around Franklin County

Housing Consumer Education Center: resource website

MassLegalHelp.org: know your legal rights

Community Legal Aid: apply online for free legal help

MA Attorney General’s Office: Consumer Advocacy & Response Division 

DHCD: emergency assistance for families facing housing crisis

Servicenet: shelter and housing services

Community Action

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