We manage a variety of regional housing assistance programs, and we will evaluate your situation to determine which program might help you find and/or maintain stable housing for your family.
HCEC is the gateway to Housing Solutions’ range of housing services. As a first step, our knowledgeable and experienced staff will assess your and your family’s situation and connect you to the appropriate resources and assistance, either within Housing Solutions or with another organization. We serve nearly 1,000 area residents each month, providing trainings, assistance, and counseling services for tenants, homeless families, landlords, homebuyers, homeowners, and other residents with housing-related questions.
Housing Solutions provides and administers rental assistance to approximately 2,200 households in Plymouth and Bristol counties through a contract with the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development. These rental subsidies make up the difference between what a household can afford and the actual housing costs, enabling low-income families to secure decent rental housing. Programs include the tenant-based Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) and the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), as well as Project-based Section 8 and MRVP vouchers.
In addition, some Section 8/HCVP voucher holders are part of our Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS). FSS moves these families toward financial independence by encouraging education and job training through a five-year individualized plan developed with an FSS counselor/coach. The goal is to help each household achieve family-sustaining employment and salary levels that may eventually help them move from subsidized to market-rate housing.
Housing Solutions administers the state’s HomeBASE program in Plymouth and Bristol counties. This program provides flexible housing assistance to eligible homeless families, along with stabilization services to support those families once they secure housing. Eligibility for HomeBase is determined by State Homeless Coordinators based at Department of Transitional Assistance offices, and the exact nature and amount of HomeBASE housing assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis.
We also assist at-risk tenants and homeowners through Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT), a state-funded program that helps eligible families stay in their homes by providing flexible stipends. Last year, we assisted approximately 400 families through the program, helping them preserve their stable housing. RAFT eligibility depends on income, housing status, and other factors.
Housing Solutions also administers an Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter, Housing Solutions Family Shelter Program, which provides emergency temporary shelter in the Plymouth MA area for 12 families who are homeless due to domestic violence. Individualized services will help stabilize families escaping domestic violence and will help them develop the economic and life skills to achieve permanent housing.