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How to Apply

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2009

Finding and applying for government-funded housing is very different from renting an apartment in the private market. There are more rules to follow, more forms to fill out, and often more frustrations along the way. But the benefit is that government-funded housing is more affordable than housing in the private market and, often, tenants have more protections.

The purpose of this chapter is to tell you what to expect when you apply for government-funded housing, what your rights are as you apply, how to keep track of your search, and where you can go for help. 

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You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. Or email a question about your own legal problem to a lawyer.

Find an apartment

Use the Housing Navigator to find an apartment.

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