Strengthening Families and Communities

MassHousing joins residents, community-based organizations, housing communities, law enforcement and other stakeholders to develop and support programs and activities that nurture the social and emotional needs of families.

Youth Resident Activities Program

Youth RAP programming supports young people

Youth RAP addresses the lack of resources for young people living in MassHousing developments. The program began in Boston in 1991, and is now offered statewide and year-round.

YouthRAP awards grants to help fund youth programming such as program offerings include

  • After-school drop-in centers
  • Summer programs
  • Youth employment
  • Seasonal activities

For more information, contact Kelly Hetrick at 617.854.1352.

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Resident Programs

Engaging programs support healthy housing communities

Multifamily developments enrolled in TAP, MassHousing's Tenant Assistance Program, can access diverse on-site programs and workshops that help residents, resident associations and site staff maintain enjoyable and healthy housing communities.

Sites select and schedule arts & entertainment, education and wellness programs. The number of free programs for TAP member sites is based on the number of apartments at the site.

For more information, contact Denise Green at 617.854.1080.

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Community Engagement

Connecting stakeholders to improve neighborhoods

MassHousing supports a variety of community-based programs and initiatives that focus on neighborhoods in and around MassHousing rental communities. In concert with our housing and community partners, these programs center on engagement, youth development and health and wellness.

For more information, please contact Kara Pillsbury Johnson at 617.854.1036.

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A proactive approach to building safer communities

The HUB is a new approach to proactively address and prevent crises before they happen. Pioneered in Canada and now making its way to the U.S., the HUB model brings together local law enforcement and community organizations addresses housing, health care, substance abuse and mental health, among others.

The HUB team meets weekly to discuss clients facing elevated levels of risk, and to develop immediate, coordinated and integrated responses.

MassHousing has been a key partner in bringing the HUB to Boston from Chelsea. For more information, please contact Kara Pillsbury Johnson at 617.854.1036.

Or, learn more about the JP Hub here.

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Public Safety Task Forces

Working to build safer communities

MassHousing is part of a diverse group of stakeholders that work to coordinate crime prevention strategies and, improve communication and collaboration between law enforcement, housing developments and neighbors, and share resources to improve communities.

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