Metro Housing Partners with Property Owners to Provide Homes for the Homeless

Boston, April 4, 2024 – Metro Housing|Boston, a leading advocate for affordable housing initiatives, has announced a collaboration with local property management companies aimed at addressing homelessness in Greater Boston. This innovative partnership marks a significant step forward in the fight against homelessness by leveraging available housing resources and policy changes to provide safe and stable accommodation for those in need. 

Through this collaborative effort, Metro Housing works closely with property owners to identify vacant apartments that can be rented to families who are currently in the emergency assistance family shelter system. By tapping into these resources, Metro Housing and the owners aim to reduce the amount of time it takes for families to exit the shelter system and find a safe place to live. 

“Homelessness is a pressing issue affecting families in our region who are struggling to find shelter and support,” said Chris Norris, Executive Director of Metro Housing. “This collaboration underscores our commitment to finding innovative solutions to ensure that everyone in our community has access to safe and stable housing. Recognizing the urgent need for action, Metro Housing has forged strategic alliances with property owners to expand housing options for families who are homeless.” 

Landlords participating in this initiative demonstrate their commitment to providing crucial housing support to families in need, while maintaining full market-rate rents for their properties. Families benefit from access to essential support services and ongoing government assistance for rent payments, mitigating financial risks for property owners. Furthermore, in addition to rent assistance, owners can avail themselves of incentives, including up to $4,000 upon lease signing. These incentives not only encourage landlord participation but also promote a culture of community engagement and responsibility. 

“Capstone Communities is proud to support Metro Housing’s innovative efforts to provide housing options to families experiencing homelessness,” said Jason Korb, Principal of Capstone Communities LLC. “Access to housing is a basic human right. At Capstone, we are committed to creating affordable, sustainable housing solutions, striving for a version of Massachusetts where access to a safe, affordable home is within reach for all.” 

“Metro Housing’s collaboration with Peabody Properties represents a model of effective public-private partnerships in addressing complex social issues,” said Melissa Fish-Crane, Principal and CEO of Peabody Properties. “By harnessing the resources and expertise of both sectors, this initiative has the potential to create lasting impact and transform the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.” 

“WinnCompanies and our clients are committed to supporting the Commonwealth through our shared housing crisis,” said Trevor Samios, Senior Vice President at WinnCompanies.  “This moment requires the support and stability families need and the commitment to innovation, efficiency and sustainability presented by partnerships like this.” 

Metro Housing invites all landlords who own high quality apartments across Greater Boston to participate in this program. Contact Josh White, Chief Program Officer at Metro Housing, at for more information on how to support this exciting and innovative program. 

About Metro Housing|Boston

Serving more than 25,000 households annually, Metro Housing|Boston is dedicated to mobilizing wide-ranging resources to provide innovative and personalized services that lead families to housing stability, economic security and an improved quality of life. With more than 40 years’ experience piloting and implementing housing programs, it has solidified their position as an industry-leading expert on navigating the affordable housing field. Metro Housing|Boston is committed to making sure that every person in Greater Boston will always have a place to call home. Visit, , or

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