HomeStart, Inc.
105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-542-0338 - Fax: 617-542-1454
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HomeStart provides affordable housing search services and homelessness prevention services to individuals and families. HomeStart also offers help in money management and training/technical assistance.

HomeStart has walk in hours every Wednesday from 3pm - 4:45pm to provide brief housing consultation and referrals to appropriate housing resources.

Housing Search
Our advocates work with clients from more than 50 shelters and programs to obtain apartments and subsidized housing. We provide support and compassion to help our clients navigate the difficult and complicated process of transitioning from a shelter to permanent housing. Our Housing Search services include several targeted initiatives for homeless veterans and a Rapid Re-Housing Program that administers rental start-up assistance and helps people rapidly move into market rate housing.

After moving into permanent housing, individuals and families face the greatest challenges to maintaining their housing. We help each participant reintegrate into the community; this may include money management programs, life skills training, and more. As of 2013 96% of our stabilization clients are still in housing one year later.

Homelessness Prevention
Our Prevention Program utilizes a combination of housing and stabilization knowledge, mediation techniques, legal advocacy, and flexible monetary funds to help high-risk households retain their housing and avoid going to shelters.

Housing First
The Housing First Program helps disabled individuals move directly from the streets and into permanent housing. HomeStart provides these individuals with wraparound support services as they obtain the life skills, physical and psychological attention they need to maintain housing.

Vacancy Clearinghouse
In partnership with the City of Boston’s 15% homeless set-aside program, HomeStart operates a vacancy clearinghouse that matches people who are homeless with government-funded housing units in Boston. HomeStart conducts outreach to property management companies, streamlines the tenant application process, matches tenants to units, and provides tenants with follow-up support services.

Service hours:

M - F: 9am - 5pm; Walk-In Hours: W: 3pm - 4:45pm

Requirements / Restrictions:

HomeStart's Housing Search and Stabilization services generally use a closed referral process, please call to inquire about requirements. To inquire about receiving assistance from the Homelessness Prevention program, call (617) 542-0338 exe 267 to speak with the Homelessness Prevention Hotline Coordinator.




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Near the Chinatown, Downtown Crossing and Boylston T stops.

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