On December 21, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced a new Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) Security Deposit Program, effective January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. According to DHCD, recognizing that security deposits are often a barrier to lease-up for AHVP voucher holders and, given current resources, DHCD is piloting this program to evaluate the effectiveness of offering assistance for security deposits and full first month’s rent to AHVP voucher holders for a limited time. AHVP currently supports about 800 vouchers to help non-elderly persons with disabilities rent apartments.
The security deposit pilot program can be used by new AHVP participants as well as to help current voucher holders relocate. There is no extra eligibility requirement to participate in the security deposit pilot program.
Please see the guidance memo for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Kan, AHVP & DMHRSP Coordinator, at Stephanie.Kan@mass.gov or 617-573-1222, or Thomas Timms, State Rental Assistance Programs Assistant, at Thomas.Timms@mass.gov or 617-573-1212.