The Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass) program is a statewide housing mobility program, developed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Liveable Communities (EOHLC)1 in 2019 for families with rental subsidies through EOHLC’s federally funded Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. SNO Mass offers housing counseling, financial assistance, and landlord incentives to expand housing choice and assist interested families in moving to “high opportunity” neighborhoods.
As of July 2023, 125 families (including 270 children) have moved to higher-opportunity neighborhoods as a result of SNO Mass. Interviews with several of these families, as this report will explain, confirmed that moving has had a largely positive impact on parents and children alike. Most participants report they are very pleased with their new home and community and point to specific ways in which their lives and their children’s lives have improved since moving. While these early results are encouraging, more work is needed to ensure that more families (within and beyond the SNO Mass program) are able to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods.