Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass) supports families with school-aged children to use their Housing Choice Vouchers to move to communities that offer greater opportunity. These communities have higher quality schools, parks and open space, and safer, healthier environments overall.
SNO Mass provides a range of supports to help participating families to access and attain residential stability in higher opportunity neighborhoods — locations with high-performing schools, low poverty rates, and environments that have demonstrated positive health and well-being outcomes for children and adults.
It has a BIG impact on your family.
It can influence your family’s health, the quality of your child’s education, their future income and quality of life.
It is a BIG decision.
You shouldn’t have to rush into taking any apartment just because it is available. It has to be the right place for your family. We will provide you with one-on-one counseling, tailored to your needs, to help you make an informed decision.
You have CHOICES.
SNO Mass can help you with the choices that matter most to you and your family
To be eligible for the SNO Mass program you must:
Be a Metro Housing or LHAND federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participant
Have at least one child in your household under the age of 18
Be in good standing with your landlord and voucher provider (Metro Housing or LHAND)
Benefits of the SNOMass Program
Dedicated counselors that provide you with helpful information to use when deciding whether to move and, if so, to which community that is best for your family.
Pre-move housing search help connects you to available landlords and units.
Financial Assistance is available to help with moving costs, security deposits, and other fees, such as children’s sports and other activities.
Post-move counseling is there to support you in your new neighborhood.
What is a high opportunity area?
SNO Mass high opportunity areas are neighborhoods that have educational, health, and socioeconomic benefits for your family:
High-quality public schools
Parks and green spaces
Supermarkets with healthy food options
Low poverty rates
High employment rates
The SNO Mass team will provide custom housing search and support to help determine which opportunity areas are best for your family.
Click the map below to see a larger view of Metro Housing and LHAND’s opportunity communities.
How will SNOMass help you to move to a high opportunity area?
SNO Mass provides Special Supports to families who choose to move to a high opportunity area:
Help with housing search
Apartment listings in opportunity areas
Potentially higher voucher value
Information on schools and assistance with transfers
Financial assistance, such as moving costs and security deposits, before and after you move
The SNO Mass team will continue to support you after your move to assist with the transition into your new community.
Providing assistance in locating resources and services in your new community.
Trouble-shooting any issues that might arise.
SNOMass Interest Form
The following are the opportunity communities that are open to Metro Housing and LHAND Section 8 participants. To learn about each community, click on the link below for the specific community profile.
Please note that the communities marked with an asterisk (*) are only partially eligible. Be sure to check with your SNOMass counselor regarding the eligibility of your future home.