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The Future of Housing Search
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Resources for People Seeking Housing

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Who's Using Our Services

In the last year, over 68,000 different applicants found us, just counting those who came through Google Search. This doesn't include the applicants who found us through a social service agency, Library, or HCEC.

We teach applicants how to search for truly low-income housing using a one-page handout and a video, both available at this location:

Housing Advocates

HousingWorks maintains an active list of over 1400 housing advocates, some using our free services, and others using our paid subscription service (which save as much as 40 hours per month per advocate)

We teach free advocates how to search using the same link that applicants use (above), but we teach subscriber-advocates how to search for truly low-income housing using a separate video,

Also, we notify all these housing advocates every few weeks of interesting new housing opportunities across Massachusetts - and we teach them time saving skills via video.

Praise from Our Housing Advocate Users
“HousingWorks provides the ability to complete several applications at a time with one data entry session with the client. Once the client sits for the initial session to enter all the information, they are able to apply to many opportunities subsequently, allowing their housing goals to be met faster. I have used HousingWorks for many years and continue to be impressed with the program's development. I would recommend all social service advocates subscribe to HousingWorks as it is an extremely helpful tool that saves hours of time for staff and clients.”
- Lisa Dean, Eliot Community Human Services

“I serve as an Addiction Recovery Coach and about 99% of my clients are homeless. Before I connected with HousingWorks, my clients would generally get overwhelmed at the idea of completing 30 plus handwritten applications for housing. Through HousingWorks, my clients are more confident and serene as we complete the online application process in a reasonable amount of time.”
- Zakiya Alake, Recovery Coach.

“Catholic Social Services has been using various HousingWorks programs for over ten years. The Housing Search Application tool is by far one of the most useful, invaluable, and innovative tools our case managers have at their disposal. The time it saves in applying for multiple affordable housing waiting lists in incredible. This program helps alleviate the burden of housing search for the homeless families we work with across the Southcoast region. Many congratulations on this milestone achievement of twenty years of doing good work. Thank you to the entire Housing Works team for leading the charge in eliminating barriers to affordable housing across all of Massachusetts.”
- Martha Reed, Grants & Quality Coordinator for Catholic Social Services

Let's face it: times are tough. If you or someone you know is struggling to afford housing—either as a result of the pandemic, or otherwise—it's nice to know you aren't alone, but it's better to know you have options. HousingWorks, Inc. connects you with the resources you need to find and acquire housing. Searching alone can be disheartening, but their comprehensive approach means you find opportunities suited to your needs both quickly & efficiently. Click the link below for information.
- Boroughs Family Branch YMCA of Central Massachusetts 2020-05-29

“HousingWorks is a game-changer.”
- Bridge Over Troubled Waters Staff 2020 05 29

To HousingWorks Staff: "I just want to tell you thank you so much for all of these years of fighting for housing. Your fight for housing inequity to be abolished is part of the larger picture of injustice in America and beyond. As bad as things are, they would have been much worse, much sooner without your intervention. Thank you for all of these years of sacrificing your existence and giving 100 plus percent of your positive energy and spirit to this cause. I will always hold you in my heart and be proud that i existed in the same era as you and have the honor of knowing you."
- Helen J. Nichols, Housing Crisis Coordinator, City of Boston Office of Housing Stability

“I cannot express enough how appreciative we are that you were able to partner with us in providing extremely valuable housing education and guidance to our team. The resources and knowledge shared will enable our team members to assist patient and families experiencing housing challenges, and hopefully prevent homelessness and improve living conditions.”
- Cheryl Smith, DNP, MBA, RN - Manager of Patient Safety
and Medical Home Care, Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s 2020 12 04

"I am part of an agency-wide committee identifying best practices in housing search. Just getting off the ground now. No joke when I say that I’ve mentioned HousingWorks extensively as a best practice."
- Sean Pierce-Mahoney, Lowell CTI 2020 12 03

Management Company Clients
HousingWorks provides the full suite of waitlist services that rent roll softwares cannot, focussing exclusively on the long time periods that low income housing applicants sit on waitlists. It is a new phenomenon of the last 30 years that applicants will fall in and out of eligibility - and reachability - many times while sitting on a waitlist. Properties managed by the following companies have found our services to handle every aspect of this situation more efficient and cost-saving than any in-house solution.

2Life Communities (formerly Jewish Community Housing)     Harbor Management     Maloney Properties     Peabody Properties     Winn Residential

HousingWorks, Inc.   |   P.O. Box 231104   |   Boston, MA 02123-1104

Converting Broken Networks into an Ecosystem

Recent News

2020-05-13 - HousingWorks Sends Open Letter to Governor Concerning Recent Mis-Statements of State Officials

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