Tenants' Rights in Public Housing

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated 8 May, 2006

Below is a series of handbooks for public housing tenants about your rights in public housing.


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A booklet for tenants in Mass. about how to request a transfer to another apartment and what to do if a housing authority requires you transfer
This booklet is for tenants who live in state-aided public housing. It has information to help you understand the modernization process and how you can participate.
A booklet for tenants in Mass. about the grievance process, including worksheets to help you prepare for a grievance hearing.
A report prepared by the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute for Joint Committee on Housing's special hearing on preserving state public housing. The report calls for more capital and operating funds and, through the stories that people rarely hear, shows how tenants are working to protect public housing.
This booklet will give you answers to questions about how rents are set in both state and federal public housing in Massachusetts.
A handbook for tenants in Mass. about leases, including information about guests, pet policies, and how to negotiate better leases.
Agreements called "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) can be powerful tools for tenant groups to negotiate how to work with the housing authority on issues of concern. This booklet explains the law, what steps to take to create an MOU, and includes a sample MOU.

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Our Homes, Our Communities

Through stories that people rarely hear, the report shows how tenants are working to protect public housing.

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