Workforce Housing Initiative

MassHousing has invested more than $100 million in its Workforce Housing fund, which supports the creation of rental housing that is affordable for households whose incomes are too high for subsidized housing but are priced out by market rents. 

Workforce Housing Program Highlights

  • Supports housing with rents affordable to individuals and families with incomes of generally between 60% and 120% of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Provides up to $100,000 of subsidy per workforce housing unit
  • Leverages strategic opportunities to use state-owned land
  • Complements, does not replace traditional MassHousing development financing
  • Ensures workforce housing units are deed restricted as affordable

Workforce Housing Eligible Projects

  • Preference for new units; existing projects where unrestricted units become restricted or preservation of affordability is at risk will be considered
  • 20% of units must be affordable for households earning at or below 80% of AMI

Terms may change and additional restrictions apply. View the Workforce Housing Program Guidelines.

Looking for a workforce unit?

Workforce units are an affordable option for renters who earn too much to qualify for traditional subsidized housing but are still burdened by high market rents. View a list of developments that offer workforce units, and contact their management companies to learn about eligibility requirements and the application process.