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At Community Teamwork we work with people wherever they are on the continuum of need for housing security, from struggling to meet basic rental and utility expenses to facing homelessness and even to supporting people who are ready to achieve homeownership.  We also help build a more robust base of affordable housing units through partnerships with local cities and towns.


Households maintained safe and affordable housing with ongoing rental vouchers


Housing units were inspected to ensure tenant safety


Households received homelessness prevention and housing placement services in the Housing Consumer Education Center


Was provided for rent and security deposits through the HCEC

Housing Consumer Education Center and Emergency Rental Assistance (HCEC)


Rental Assistance/Subsidized Housing Programs

Community Teamwork is one of eight Regional Administering Agencies (RAAs) that manages subsidized housing assistance, or Rental Assistance,­­ throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the direction of The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Our jurisdiction covers forty-three cities and towns throughout Greater Lowell, Greater Lawrence, Merrimack Valley and the North Shore/Seacoast communities:

Amesbury, Danvers, Haverhill, Methuen, Rowley, Wenham, Andover, Dracut, Ipswich, Middleton, Salem, West Newbury, Beverly, Dunstable, Lawrence, Nahant, Salisbury, Westford, Billerica, Essex, Lowell, Newbury, Saugus, Boxford, Georgetown, Lynnfield, Newburyport, Swampscott, Bradford, Gloucester, Manchester, North Andover, Tewksbury, Byfield, Groveland, Marblehead, Peabody, Topsfield, Chelmsford, Hamilton, Merrimac, Rockport, Tyngsborough.

For a full list of RAAs and the cities/towns that they cover please click here.


Emergency Rental Assistance


Community Teamwork is pleased to offer new financial assistance programs for our families impacted by the recent Covid-19 pandemic and state of emergency. View Program
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Federal Rental Vouchers (Including Section 8)

These programs provide vouchers that help families pay their rent on an ongoing basis. View Program
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State Rental Vouchers (MRVP)

Under MRVP, a fixed amount of rental assistance is paid, based on the participating family’s income, household size and geography. View Program
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Targeted & Other Programs

Targeted programs are referral based, targeted demographic housing subsidy programs. View Program
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MRVP Self Sufficiency Program (SSP)

The Self Sufficiency Program (SSP) is a voluntary state program designed to assist MRVP Voucher holders achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment opportunities to increase earnings. View Program
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Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)

FSS is a voluntary HUD program designed to help Housing Choice Voucher families achieve increased economic self-sufficiency over a five-year period. CTI provides one-on-one coaching and assistance with reaching self-sufficiency goals. View Program
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Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass)

The Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass) Program supports Housing Choice Voucher families with school-aged children making moves to communities with high quality schools, parks and open space and health, safe environments. View Program

Emergency Shelters

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Emergency Individual & Family Shelter

Provides emergency shelter and supportive services to families who are experiencing housing instability due to loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence. This program assists with finding permanent housing options. View Program
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Youth Services

Youth Services is geared to provide supports for youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who struggle with housing instability and emotional barriers. View Program

The Community Teamwork’s Fair Housing Program promotes fair housing throughout seventy cities and towns in Middlesex and Essex counties. Our comprehensive approach includes raising awareness and understanding about housing discrimination through trainings, outreach, and assistance. Anyone involved in housing is eligible for assistance including tenants, homebuyers, landlords, owners, property managers, and anyone else providing housing related services. All assistance is provided at no cost.

Call to Action    Coordinator   Gov. Healey’s Call to Action for Families in Crisis  |  Phone: 978-654-4933    Email: calltoaction@commteam.org

  • Name
  • Title
  • Programs
  • Phone
  • Email

Aaron Ginsberg

Fair Housing Coordinator
Fair Housing Program, Housing Supports
Phone: (978) 654-5736

Emergency Shelter DHCD Contact

Emergency Shelter
Emergency Housing Assistance, Housing Supports
Phone: 866 584-0653

Catherine Tammany

Home Modification Loan Programs
Phone: 978-654-5741

Emergency Shelter Admin

Emergency Shelter
Emergency Housing Assistance
Phone: 978-654-5726

Gladys Santiago

Administrative Assistant, Financial Education Center
Financial Coaching, Financial Education, Financial Literacy Academy, Home Modification Loan Programs, Housing Supports, Representative Payee, Secure Jobs
Phone: 978-654-5673

RAFT Information

Phone: 978-459-0551 or 978-941-0593

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Ana’s Story

Family Self Sufficiency Success Story The Family Self- Sufficiency Program (FSS) is designed to help families receiving rental assistance to become self-supporting. This is a voluntary program and is open to all families receiving a View Program
Marleny fss

Marleny’s Story

Marleny is a participant in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program. She has been working tirelessly over the last few years to move herself forward in life, and closer to her dream to buy a home. To View Program

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