Finding Housing

Are you looking for a place to live in Boston? Through the City of Boston/BPDA Inclusionary Development program, developers create income restricted/affordable units without the help of public subsidies. Both rental and homeownership units are created, for a range of incomes. You can begin by reading the Frequently Asked Questions and sign up to be notified of new properties in the box at the right of this page.

This web site also provides links to more detailed program information, as well as links to the ArtistSpace program and to more housing resources.

The BPDA does not own affordable units, and our staff does not distribute applications to the general public. Instead, we assist the developers/agents who process applications to ensure any available units are filled with eligible residents.

While we do not provide individualized assistance to people seeking housing, our team serves as a resource for leasing agents, real estate brokers, lenders, developers, community development corporations, and other municipal offices and community agencies.

Members of the public must apply through the development's owner or designated agent, not through the BPDA.

When a development finishes construction, its new units are advertised according to an approved marketing plan. Typically a plan will require the units be made available to eligible households through a lottery overseen by the city's Office of Fair Housing and Equity. Lottery results may be sorted according to applicable preferences which are designed to provide fair and equitable access to opportunity. The developer/agent reviews each applicant household's eligibility in order of the corresponding lottery rankings. After a preliminary finding of eligibility, the developer/agent submits the household's application to BPDA staff for final approval. This process repeats until all affordable units in the development are filled with eligible households.

For more information, please contact the Housing Information Line at 617.918.4306.