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Who Has Priority

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2009
  • Has your apartment been condemned?
  • Are you living in a shelter or on the streets?
  • Do you have a severe medical emergency?
  • Do you pay more than half your income for rent?
  • Are you facing domestic violence?
  • Are you a local resident?
  • Are you being evicted through no fault of your own?

If you answer "yes" to these and other questions you may be eligible for a preference or priority for some housing programs that can help move you up a waiting list more quickly.

This chapter will help you figure out whether you fit into any preference or priority categories.

Find Legal Aid

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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