Housing Navigator

A New Online Search Tool for Massachusetts Affordable Housing

Good information drives good choices.  Few choices are as important as where to live.

For some, a few clicks deliver attractive photos of housing near school, work or family, updates on openings, and 360-degree videos of interiors and amenities.

For low and moderate income households in Massachusetts, it’s a whole different world, as if twenty years of technological progress didn’t happen. There is no reliable, centralized, information-rich source—online or otherwise– for the most basic affordable housing search.

Kuehn Charitable Foundation has partnered with multiple organizations–funding agencies, tenant advocates, property owners and the public sector–to seed fund and launch Housing Navigator Massachusetts, Inc. (HNMI).  This effort will bridge the digital divide and ease the process of finding and applying for affordable housing.

In November, 2019 we announced a partnership to start development of the first-phase tool, and work is now underway.

We look forward to a future when everyone can find reliable information on housing locations, open waitlists, and listings all in one place…for the first time in this state.

Updates on HNMI’s progress and more information available at HNMI website .

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Amy Stitely (DHCD), Sue Speakman-Gomez (Housing Link), Lanaii Tolentino (Metro Boston), Zeila Chicoma (Winn) and Jennifer Gilbert (KCF) at Future of Housing Search forum

In January, 2019, KCF, CHAPA and The Boston Foundation jointly sponsored “The Future of Housing Search” forum. Over 200 attendees learned about models from Minnesota’s Housing Link and locally.