Auburn Housing Authority
200 Oxford Street N
Auburn, Worcester County, MA


Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Auburn Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 19th, 2015.

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The Auburn Housing Authority (AHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The AHA offers three public housing communities with 103 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are three ways to apply:
1. Visit the AHA to pick up an application, located at 200 Oxford St, North, Auburn, MA 01501, between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.
2. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 508-832-3852 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
3. Download an application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

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More information can be found by visiting the AHA website at, or by calling 508-832-3852 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Auburn Housing Authority operates 103 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Auburn Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 3 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 1% studio apartments, 87% 1 bedroom apartments, 6% 2 bedroom apartments and 6% 3 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Auburn Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 101 out of a total 103 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.94%.

Family Type

Of the 80 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 62 (77.5%) were elderly, 18 (22.5%) were non-elderly, 80 (100%) were disabled, 1 (1.25%) contained children and 11 (13.75%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Auburn Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Auburn Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $449.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $224. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $431. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $862. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $455.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Auburn Housing Authority portfolio, 1% of households identified as Black, 98% identified as White, and 4% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Auburn Housing Authority properties, 60 were Extremely Low Income, 25 were Very Low Income, 13 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Auburn Housing Authority properties is $20,053. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 26% earn more than $25,000 while 74% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Auburn Housing Authority public housing 18% have wage income, 17% have welfare income, 94% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 24% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 101 households containing 134 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 1.25% of households included children. Across all household members in Auburn Housing Authority public houins units 3% are aged zero to five and 12.7% are aged 6 to 17.

60.4% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 23.9% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Auburn Housing Authority public housing communities. 13.86% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 8.91% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 77.23% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Auburn Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 103 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Auburn Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units.

Auburn Housing Authority is among the 5% of Massachusetts housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Auburn Housing Authority scored an average of 81 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 89 in 2002 and a low score of 64 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Massachusetts is 76.35.

Auburn Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Massachusetts housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Auburn Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 12/31/12 Plan
2008 4/21/08 Plan
2007 11/21/06 Plan
2006 12/5/05 Plan
2005 1/20/05 Plan
2004 10/29/03 Plan
2003 10/29/03 Plan
2002 6/3/02 Plan
2001 5/30/02 Plan
2000 3/20/01 Plan