Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service
Housing/Community Development: Administration
J1 Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED)
One Ashburton Place, Room 2101
Boston, MA 02108
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development is the administrative office that oversees the Department of Housing and Community Development (below). The Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office may be reached at the contact information above. EOHED has many other offices and divisions as well, see Section A Business and Economic Development for a complete listing.
J2 Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
The Department of Housing and Communities and mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of Massachusetts residents. To accomplish this mission, DHCD will provide leadership, professional assistance, and financial resources to promote safe, decent affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management. DHCD will forge partnerships with regional and local governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, and the business community to achieve common goals and objectives. In all of these efforts, DHCD will recognize and respect the diverse needs, circumstances, and characteristics of individuals and communities. DHCD is responsible for a variety of programs and services that are administered through four divisions: Division of Community Services, Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance, Division of Housing Development and the Division of Housing Stabilization. DHCD also oversees the Commission on Indian Affairs, the Manufactured Homes Commission, and the American and Canadian/French Cultural Exchange Commission. In addition, the following quasi-public agencies work closely with DHCD in supporting housing and community development activities: the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.