Boston Housing Trust Fund


Local 888 members who work for the City of Boston are eligible for special benefits from the City of Boston – SEIU Local 888 Housing Trust.

In 2004, the City of Boston and SEIU Local 888 worked together to create the City of Boston-SEIU Local 888 Affordable Housing Trust Fund to help reduce the financial burden of maintaining residency within the City of Boston.

The Housing Trust Fund is operated as a collaborative effort between the City and the Local. The Trust consists of eight (8) Trustees, four (4) from the City and four (4) from the Union.  The Trustees have been entrusted with the duty to oversee the Trust and to ensure its sustainability.

The Housing Trust provides eligible members with grants and loans to make housing more affordable for city employees. The program has a Fuel Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Rental Assistance, Home Improvement and Home Ownership Benefit.

You can learn more about each of these programs by clicking on the links at right.

Trust Fund Programs:

Fuel AssistanceAssists SEIU Local 888 income eligible members who reside in the City of Boston with the high cost of heating during the winter months.

Emergency Assistance: Aids members for a housing-related emergency such as loss of income or an unanticipated home repair.

Rental Assistance: Provides assistance with the costs of renting a new apartment in the City of Boston. 

Home Improvement: Provides assistance with the costs of housing related home improvements.

Homeownership Benefit: Supports members with purchasing a home in the City of Boston.


Notice of Housing Trust Adjustments

Housing Trust Adjustments

Member Qualification
a) Member must be part of one of the following departments:

  • Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Boston Public Health Commission (Clerk and Tech, Programs, Counselors and Coordinator)
  • Boston Public School (Administrative Guild and Planning & Engineering)
  • Clerks and Tech (Boston City Hall and Boston Police Department)
  • Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Elderly Commission
b) SEIU Local 888 member must be in good standing for one year.
c) Must occupy an apartment/home within the City of Boston.
d) Application must be submitted within 90 days of documented need.

Application Submission Deadline
Trustees meet the first Tuesday of each month.  Applications must be submitted no later than the 20th of the previous month to be considered at the upcoming Trustee meeting. Applications received after the 20th will be held for the following month’s meeting. (i.e., for applications to be reviewed in January, they must be received at the Union Hall no later than December 20.  Applications received after that date would be held for the February meeting.)

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