Brookline Housing Authority
90 Longwood Avenue
Brookline, Norfolk County, MA


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List (MS8HCVCWL) administers 93 housing authorities in the state of Massachusetts. Its waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened in January 2003, and is open indefinitely.

There are three ways to apply

2. Download and print the application. There are applications available in seven different languages:

3. Contact your respective housing authority to have an application mailed to you. The MS8HCVCWL has provided a link to find your local housing authority's contact information.

Once the application has been completed, mail or deliver it in person to your local housing authority.

Please note: Once the application has been submitted, it will be included on the centralized waiting list, and will be under consideration for every participating housing authority. Because of this, there is no need to apply to multiple participating housing authorities, and only one application will be accepted. 

Please click this link to read the MS8HCVCWL preferences.

Applicants with disabilities who require help can call any housing authority. Contact information has been provided above.

For more information, please call the MS8HCVCWL at 1-877-868-0400.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

Please note: The 1, 2, and 3 bedroom family public housing waiting lists are currently closed. The 4 and 5 bedroom family waiting list is currently open.

The BHA offers two public housing communities with 497 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for public housing:
1. Download the application here, then print and complete.
2. Visit the BHA to pick up an application, located at 90 Longwood Ave., Suite 1, Brookline, MA 02446 during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

The BHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced by natural disaster, displaced by public action, no fault eviction, fleeing domestic violence, displaced by code enforcement, severe medical emergency, veteran, or live and/or work in Brookline.

More information can be found by visiting the BHA website at, or by calling 617-277-1885 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Brookline Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 497 affordable rental units. It also administers 619 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Brookline Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Brookline Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (45%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (55%) to that of all housing authorities in Massachusetts, Brookline Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Massachusetts.

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, Brookline Housing Authority scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 97 in 2007 and a low score of 67 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Massachusetts is 76.35.

Brookline 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Brookline Housing Authority manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 86. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Morse Apartments has a passing score.

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

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 Brookline Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/1/12 Plan
2011 8/8/11 Plan
2010 8/27/10 Plan
2009 12/9/09 Plan
2008 9/24/08 Plan
2007 11/21/07 Plan
2006 12/20/06 Plan
2005 2/22/06 Plan
2004 12/28/04 Plan
2003 6/10/04 Plan
2002 11/29/02 Plan
2001 7/3/02 Plan
2000 4/13/01 Plan
2000 4/13/01 Plan


Public Housing Projects


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Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

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