Metro Housing|Boston mobilizes wide-ranging resources to provide innovative and personalized services that lead families and individuals to housing stability, economic security, and an improved quality of life.
Metro Housing|Boston’s personalized services help residents of greater Boston bridge gaps in the homelessness prevention and affordable housing system. Working with individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes navigate available services, we empower 25,000 households a year to move along the continuum from homelessness to housing stability.
Metro Housing|Boston works seamlessly with government, nonprofits, and corporations to continually increase our impact to the benefit of our participants. With more than 30 years’ experience piloting and implementing housing programs, Metro Housing|Boston has solidified its position as an industry-leading expert on navigating the affordable housing field.
Our broad array of programs and services, as well as our extensive network of property owners and fellow service providers, allow us to address a wide range of housing-related issues, from preventing evictions and homelessness, to helping people find suitable homes, to making rent more affordable.
The Boston Housing Partnership (BHP)was incorporated in 1983 to address the declining availability in Boston of decent, safe, affordable housing for individuals and families with low and moderate incomes. In 1989, the Executive Office of Communities and Development decided that the Boston-area rental assistance programs should be administered by a local nonprofit agency rather than directly by state government. Metropolitan Housing, Inc.(MHI) was created and awarded the contract. Administration began in January 1990 with a caseload of 4,500 families.
Given the increasing scarcity of housing resources and the compatible missions of BHP and MHI, merging these organizations would more effectively and substantially increase the agencies’ capacity to carry out its mission. In 1991 the two agencies merged into the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP). A powerful board, which includes the CEOs of the region’s largest financial institutions, directors of the leading community-based groups, and prominent leaders of academic and social service agencies formed this new partnership, which represents 35 private sector firms, public agencies, and community-based groups.
In 2017, MBHP evolved into Metro Housing|Boston to enhance the understanding of the scope of services and their unique approach. With a new name, a new tag line (People First, Housing Always) Metro Housing|Boston moved their office to a newly constructed building on the gateway to Mission Hill at Roxbury Crossing. This move allowed Metro Housing|Boston to be closer to the majority of families they serve.