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Office of Housing Stability

We help residents find and maintain stable, safe, and affordable housing.

NOTE: The Office of Housing Stability is located at 43 Hawkins Street.

Our goal is to put residents on the path to housing stability. We help tenants in housing crisis due to fire, natural disaster, eviction, or condemnation. Email or call 617-635-4200 to contact us. We also have information on emergency resources for tenants.

Eviction Help

Eviction Help

The Office of Housing Stability's Housing Crisis Case Coordinators can help you deal with the eviction process. They may also be able to help you get legal, financial, or other help. Call 617-635-4200 or email

If you’re able to, you should pay your rent.  If you need help paying your past and future rent, apply for rental assistance today. Applying for rental assistance may “stop the clock” on the eviction process if you have a case in Housing Court.

Talk to your landlord. Try working with them to create a repayment plan for unpaid rent and resolve any issues related to your lease.

Keep copies of important documents like your lease agreement, rent receipts, security deposit receipts, and any written communications with your landlord.

The eviction process begins when a landlord serves you a legal document called a Notice to Quit (Eviction Notice). For more detailed information on how to legally respond to an eviction notice, and the possible court proceedings, visit our eviction process overview page.


Internship opportunities

The Office of Housing Stability (OHS) is constantly looking for new ways to partner with undergraduate and graduate students.

OHS is looking for students who share an interest in:

  • housing affordability
  • housing justice, and
  • eviction prevention.

Interns with OHS will have the opportunity to learn from staff who are knowledgeable about housing resources for tenants and landlords. They'll work with Boston residents who are at risk of housing instability.

Interns may also have the opportunity to support the:

  • research
  • development, and
  • implementation of new programs and policies that the office is exploring.

Fill out our expression of interest form to apply

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