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Support for a Higher Quality of Life

SNO Mass Housing Mobility Program

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.

SNO Mass is a collaborative program that works with tenants and property owners. As a property owner who has units located in high opportunity areas,  you have the chance to provide a life changing opportunity to participating families.

Learn more about incentives for property owners and how to participate. 

Neighborhood Matters

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. 


You have CHOICES. 
SNO Mass can help you with the choices that matter most to you and your family

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the SNO Mass program you must:

  • Be a Way Finders Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participant
  • Have at least one child in your household under the age of 18

Benefits of the SNO Mass Program

Dedicated counselors that provide you with helpful information to consider your family’s needs and preferences.

Pre-move counseling connects you to available landlords and units.

Financial Assistance is available to help with moving costs, security deposits, and other fees.  

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 and health 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.

Curious to learn if an apartment you're considering is in a opportunity area? The Department of Housing and Community Development has created a housing search tool. Enter the address of the apartment you're interested in and you will find out if that building is in an opportunity area. Click here to use the tool.

How will SNO Mass 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
  • Transportation to view apartments 
  • Information on schools and assistance with transfers
  • Financial assistance before and after you move 
  • Moving costs and security deposits 

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.

Support for Property Owners

Property Owners who rent a unit in a designated SNO Mass Opportunity Area to a SNO Mass Participant are eligible for supports and incentives. 

Learn more