Major Housing Programs at a Glance

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2009

Public Housing

Federal Public Housing

  • Family public housing
  • Public housing for seniors and people with disabilities

State Public Housing

  • Family public housing (Chapter 200)
  • Family public housing (Chapter 705 Scattered Site)
  • Public housing for seniors and people with disabilities (Chapter 667)
  • Special needs housing (Chapters 689 and 176)


Federal Voucher Programs (tenant-based)

  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

State Voucher Programs (tenant-based)

  • Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
  • Alternative Housing Voucher Program

Special Federal Section 8 Voucher Programs

  • Section 8 Mainstream Program for People with Disabilities
  • Section 8 Family Unification Program
  • Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)
  • Section 8 Welfare-to-Work (Job-Link) Program
  • Section 8 Homeownership Option
  • Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Program (PBV)
  • Section 8 Veterans Affairs Supported Housing Program (VASH)
  • Section 8 for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Section 8 Housing Options Programs (HOP)
  • Enhanced Vouchers

Multifamily Housing Programs

Federal Multifamily Subsidized Programs

  • Section 221(d) Family Housing
  • Section 236 Family Housing
  • Rent Supplement
  • Section 236 Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
  • Section 8 Project-Based Assistance
    (New Construction, Substantial Rehabilitation, State Set-Aside, Loan-Management Set-Aside, Property Disposition Programs)
  • Section 202 Supportive Housing for Seniors
  • Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities
  • Section 515 Rural Housing Services (RHS)
  • Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program
  • HOME Program (Other Than Tenant-Based Rental Assistance)

State Multifamily Subsidized Programs

  • MassHousing Section 13A Interest Subsidies
  • Project-Based Mass. Rental Voucher Program (Project-Based MRVP)

Tax-Related Housing Programs

  • Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit
  • State Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Special Housing Programs

Federal Housing Programs for People Who Are Homeless

  • Shelter Plus Care
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Section 8 Moderate Rehab for Single Room Occupancy
  • Supportive Transitional Housing
  • Supportive Permanent Housing

State Housing Programs for People with Mental Disabilities

  • Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency 3% Set-Aside
  • Department of Mental Health (DMH) Rental Assistance Program
  • Other Department of Mental Health Community Residential Programs
  • Special needs housing (Chapters 689 and 176)

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