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.
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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?

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Housing Solutions’ new Strategic Plan aims at Opening Doors, Changing Lives — Read more

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
Housing “Vaccine” Promoted at Housing Solutions’ Annual Meeting
We all remember those pediatrician visits from yesteryear when we braced ourselves for the dreaded annual vaccines. While we focused anxiously on the needle and the momentary pain it inflicted, those injections have protected us ever since from measles, polio, tetanus and other maladies. Now thanks to Megan Sandel, a pediatrician and Associate Director at the GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center, we are beginning to appreciate that housing is every bit as critical to the health of a child and her or his family as are those vaccines, and there’s no needle required – just the public will to assure that all families have safe and stable homes. Read more

Dr. Sandel persuasively delivered this message to Housing Solutions’ Annual Meeting on November 13 at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton. The 115 attendees – including bankers, area residents, social service providers and public officials – came away better informed and convinced about the critical link between the health of families and the housing services and units that Housing Solutions provides.

“Poor housing quality,” Dr. Sandel added, “is also the strongest predictor of emotional and behavioral problems in low-income children.” She further reported that research indicates that unstable housing, as indicated by a family moving 3 or more times or falling behind on their rent in the previous year, has nearly the same negative health impact on children and parents as does homelessness.

Dr. Sandel’s message underscored a theme that was repeated throughout the Annual Meeting – including in the presentation of Housing Solutions strategic plan and with the Community Service Awards: Stable housing is the foundation for a healthy and prosperous family, community and region.

In addition, long-time employees Mary Bulu and Norma Martin were recognized with Staff Lifetime Achievement Awards for their 30-plus years of service to the organization and its customers. The organization also presented community service awards to Mark Bilton of the Department of Mental Health for his work over the last 10 years securing stable housing for DMH clients and Peter Forman and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce for their leadership in advocating for increased housing opportunities in the region.

“What does a strong regional economy, the wellbeing of a DMH client and the health of a low-income child have in common? asked Housing Solutions Executive Director Carl Nagy-Koechlin at the conclusion of the meeting. “They all depend on adequate stable housing.”

 

     Housing Solutions Thanks its Annual Meeting Sponsors                  

GOLD BRONZE
Housing Solutions Board of Directors BayCoast Bank
North Easton Savings Bank First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union
  Fr. Bill’s & MainSpring
SILVER Patricia B. Koechlin
Curtis Construction Company, Inc. Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Daniel Dennis & Company LLP Mass. Housing Investment Corp.
Hackett Feinberg P.C. South Shore Chamber of Commerce
HallKeen Management The Narrow Gate Architecture Ltd.
ICON Architecture Tracker Systems, Inc.
Justice Resource Institute VinFen
Matera Vopat Matera & Johnson P.C.  
Metro Housing Boston OTHER
NeighborWorks Southern Mass. Alma Morrison
Partners Benefit Group, Inc. Maureen Fitzgerald
Rockland Trust New Seasons Development
  South Shore Community Action Council
  Southeastern Mass. Ser Jobs for Progress

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Housing Solutions and Other Regional Housing Agencies Take their Message to D.C.
In an effort to resist devastating proposed cuts to federal housing programs, Housing Solution’s Executive Director joined his counterparts from five other regional housing agencies in the state, on a delegation to Washington D.C. to speak up to the Massachusetts congressional delegation about the importance of these programs. Read more

Housing Solutions Executive Director, Carl Nagy-Koechlin (forth from left), and Regional Housing Network colleagues bring their message to Representative Bill Keating (fifth from left)

The group arrived in Washington on May 23 just as President Trump’s budget was made public, with its proposed 5% cuts to HUD rental assistance programs that would translate into the elimination of rental assistance to 250,000 households.

The group met with the offices of all the Massachusetts house representatives and senators, none of whom needed any persuading to stand up for the rental assistance and other HUD programs that Trump proposed slashing. Even so, it was an important opportunity to articulate the impact the rental assistance programs have on low-income families, as well as on the local communities and economies where tenants and landlords live.

The group also met with staffers – both Republican and Democrat – for the Senate and House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committees, and was heartened to learn that these staffers and most committee members understand the important role HUD programs play in providing stable housing. As one Republican committee staffer said, “There are voucher holders and public housing tenants in both red and blue districts.”

The complex budget process continues to play out. With Trump’s severe budget proposal deemed to be “dead on arrival,” the House THUD Appropriation Committee recently approved more modest cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program.

While our regional housing agencies alone can’t insulate critical HUD programs from cuts, it is important that we impress upon our elected officials the impact that these programs have on the lives of so many struggling families and individuals. We and our Massachusetts delegation will continue to hammer that point home.

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Housing Solutions and Nagy-Koechlin in the Boston Globe on Affordable Housing
Housing Solutions Executive Director Carl Nagy-Koechlin weighed in on affordable housing and on the state’s affordable housing law, Article 40(b), in this recent article in the Boston Sunday Globe’s South Shore section. Housing Solutions has made good use of the state’s affordable housing law over the years, developing 130 affordable apartments in cooperation with towns through “Friendly 40(b)” projects. Read more
Housing Solutions Participates on Chamber of Commerce Housing Working Group
It isn’t really news when affordable housing agencies advocate for more moderately priced housing. As the Geico commercials say, that’s what they do. It’s another thing when the local business association convenes a group of bankers, real estate brokers, town planners and elected officials to do so. And thanks to the leadership of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, that’s exactly what has happened. Read more

In December, the Chamber convened a 26-member Housing Working Group that includes Carl Nagy-Koechlin, Housing Solutions Executive Director. Chris Oddleifson, CEO at Rockland Trust is chairing the Working Group.

The Chamber recently published an economic development plan for the region, entitled South Shore 2030: Choosing our Future. The plan emphasized business and job growth, along with the revitalization of downtown business districts. It concluded that the region needs to attract people to the region who can fill new jobs, start new businesses and patronize local businesses. With an aging population and workforce, the Chamber – with research support from the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission – has concluded that the South Shore needs 40,000 new homes by 2030 if the region is to be economically viable and vibrant in the future. Based on anticipated demand from the targeted workforce population, these homes should include a mix of multi-family rental units, in addition to homeownership opportunities.

So, housing is not just a basic human need, as affordable housing advocates have long asserted, it’s also an economic imperative for a region that aspires to prosper.

“We need new homes that are affordable and attractive to a wide range of people,” says Nagy-Koechlin. “This includes families with kids, young professionals, lower wage workers, and seniors who can no longer mange or afford to maintain their single-family homes. It’s great to see consensus on this across the Working Group members.”

The Chamber expects the Working Group report will be released in the fall, followed by a concerted effort to encourage town officials, legislators, developers, residents and others to support the development of the needed housing via zoning reforms, financing and collaboration to identify sites in the region that are suitable for housing development.

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HSSEMA Homebuyer Workshop Online and Onsite Aug - Dec 2017
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