We change lives by connecting people with affordable housing opportunities.
When we help homeless families find homes, we also help them get back on their feet and plan for a brighter future.
Are you ready for a home of your own? We can help you figure out where to start.
Armed with the right homebuyer education and services, you can achieve the dream of homeownership.
We'll work with you to navigate the complex world of housing.
Our Housing Consumer Education Center provides workshops and counseling for tenants, homeowners, homebuyers, and landlords.
We can help you set financial goals, so you can become more economically independent.
After we’ve assisted you with housing, we provide counseling to improve your budgeting and money management skills.
South Shore Housing is now Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts.
Our name has changed to better reflect our geographic reach and the broad spectrum of services and education we offer.

An affordable home is the foundation for building stronger families and better futures.

Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts (formerly South Shore Housing) is a nonprofit organization serving Plymouth and Bristol counties. We wear many hats, but our overarching goal is to help people find affordable housing as a way to gain stability in their lives. Our programs, education, training, and resources help low-to-moderate income clients get back on their feet, including people who are homeless and in crisis. We also work with property developers, service providers, and municipalities to create and support affordable housing. How can we help you?

 

 

Facing Homelessness
Are you in danger of losing your home? We offer resources, guidance, and technical assistance.
Seeking New Housing
If you‘re looking for an affordable home where you can put down roots and flourish, let’s explore your options.
Our Tenants
Are you enrolled in our rental subsidy program and/or living in one of our buildings?
Owners/Landlords
If you want to learn more about how to be an effective owner and/ or manager of a rental property, we can help.
News Updates
RAFT Stabilizes Families, Saves Money
The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts recently commissioned and released a report – RAFT in Massachusetts, 2015-2106 - analyzing the impact of the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program, or RAFT. Read more

. For about 10 years, RAFT has assisted low-income families who are at risk of homelessness to remain stably housed. With flexible assistance of about $3,000 per family, RAFT helps thousands of families avert eviction, thereby helping them avert the trauma of homelessness. The report finds further that RAFT accomplishes this at one-tenth the cost of a typical shelter stay.

 

 

Housing Solutions operates RAFT in Southeastern Mass. According to the report, RAFT’s impact in the region has been striking:

  • Housing Solutions assisted 340 families in Southeastern Massachusetts with $1.1 million in RAFT funds. If even half of these families had become homeless, sheltering costs would have exceeded $5 million.
  • RAFT assisted families in nearly 40 cities and towns in Southeastern Mass., from the cities of New Bedford, Brockton and Fall River to towns like Marion, Cohasset, Whitman and North Attleboro.
  • Of the 332 families we assisted with RAFT in FY15 none returned seeking RAFT funds in FY16, demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of Housing Solutions’ management of the program.

 

As with so many well-conceived and well-run affordable housing programs, RAFT stabilizes families and communities, while saving money.

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Homes and Hope: Housing Solutions Completes Taunton and Wareham Renovations
Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye and Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary of the State Department of Housing and Community Development, joined Housing Solutions and 75 supporters to celebrate Housing Solution’s redevelopment of two affordable apartment developments, comprising 56 family apartments. Read more

The ceremony took place on September 28 at the Carpenter’s Glen development in E. Taunton, where 32 of the apartments are located. Housing Solutions renovated an additional 24 apartments as part of the project at Cranberry Manor at 2220 Cranberry Highway in Wareham.  Press Coverage

Housing Solutions secured financing from DHCD, the City of Taunton, the Town of Wareham and several other public and private sources to carry out substantial renovations at these developments, which have improved the quality of life for the 56 families living in the properties.

“As of 2pm September 26, my family and I signed a lease and we are no longer homeless,” said Courtney Morris at the ribbon cutting. She, her mother and two children had been living in a shelter in Fall River. “I can sleep at night without fear,” she continued.

“I am very pleased that the City of Taunton was able to partner with Housing Solutions on this important and impressive project,” says Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye. “This initiative is a great example of how the City’s Community Development Block Grant funds can be used to leverage other public resources for the benefit of Taunton residents.”

The new financing allows for apartments for formerly homeless families and people with disabilities, and assures that the properties will remain affordable for generations to come.

“Preservation of affordable housing is a crucial issue in communities across Massachusetts, and we need to continue to invest in this vital resource for our families,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. “We are very pleased to partner with Housing Solutions and the City of Taunton to ensure the livability, affordability and vibrancy of these housing communities.”

“Stable affordable housing is the cornerstone for strong families,” says Carl Nagy-Koechlin, Housing Solutions’ Executive Director. “With support from the state and others we’re providing that cornerstone for 56 families, and for countless others in the generations to come.”

Courtney Morris, puts the keys in the lock of her new aprt at Carpenters Glenn, in East Taunton Gazette photo by Mike Gay

Courtney Morris, puts the keys in the lock of her new aprt at Carpenters Glenn, in East Taunton Gazette photo by Mike Gay

 

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Executive Director, Carl Nagy-Koechlin, and new Board member, Nicole Brienzi talk about Housing Solution’s programs on WATD
Executive Director, Carl Nagy-Koechlin and Nicole Brienzi, a Family Self-Sufficiency graduate, homebuyer and prospective board member were recently interviewed on WATD talk show. Read more
Incomes rise, but many Mass. families still in need
Mass. poverty rate is same as costs go up; for some, economy’s gains of little help. Read more

By Katie Johnston, Boston Globe, September 17, 2015

Median household income rose slightly in Massachusetts between 2013 and 2014, while the poverty level remained essentially unchanged, according to census data to be released Thursday. But the need among low-income families is growing in many parts of the state, social service agencies say — in some cases exceeding levels seen during the recession.

Many factors contribute to this apparent discrepancy. Housing and heating costs continue to rise in Massachusetts as hourly wages stagnate, putting more families on the margins, even if they are not considered poor by federal standards, according to public policy researchers. In addition, rising household income is not being distributed evenly, with the largest share going to the highest-income households.

“While the economy has improved, it has improved less for the lower-income people we serve,” said Carl Nagy-Koechlin, executive director at South Shore Housing in Kingston, which runs several housing assistance programs. “Whatever improvements there may be with wages and lower unemployment are wiped out or worse by rising housing prices.”

Read more on bostonglobe.com >

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Events and Programs
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40B Affordable HomeBuyer Workshop
December 19, 2016   6:00PM
Messiah Baptist Church