EHAP/Rental Housing Counseling Services


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Rental Housing Counseling

NOAH's free bilingual (English and Spanish) Boston rental housing services include assisting with apartment searches, retention (including tenant rights and responsibilities), referrals to legal services, offering information about MA housing authorities, providing listings of housing developments with open waiting lists, and more. One focus is to assist Boston residents who experience an emergency, such as a fire or building collapse, in temporary and permanent placements, particularly through the EHAP initiative (below). NOAH is committed to discovering new options and finding affordable rental opportunities for all in-need clients. On average, we serve over 150 households per year. We work hard to increase awareness of affordable housing options to community members and have partnered with numerous other established organizations in the area that provide us with referrals, which allows us to expand the number of clients we are able to reach. The lack of affordable housing in East Boston, Boston, and the Greater Boston region is a serious problem. Vacancy rates continue to decrease. Rental prices have increased, and thousands of people continue to move to the region, while new housing production remains limited. Gentrification issues continue to negatively impact many residents, including those of East Boston. Access to affordable housing is a growing concern for residents. (Learn more about NOAH's own rental housing eligibility requirements here.) Boston residents: for free rental housing assistance, please fill out an application and bring it to our offices, or send it via mail. 

Download a Housing Counseling Application here.
(Please note: This is NOT an application for NOAH rental housing; please visit the Property Management area for NOAH housing.)

Encuentra el Formulario de Consejeria de Vivienda aqui.
(Por favor note: Esta NO ES la applicacion para los apartamentos de NOAH; por favor visite el area de Property Management para los apartamentos de NOAH.)

Emergency Housing Assistance Program/EHAP

NOAH and The City of Boston Office of Housing Stability’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides financial assistance to help cover move-in costs if your household has been displaced by a fire or another eligible emergency.  EHAP applicants will be able to request for a) first month’s rent and security deposit or b) first and last month’s rent. Reach out to our NOAH rental housing advocate for more information or if support is needed during the application process.

Download an application here!




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