Burlington Housing Authority
15 Birchcrest Street
Burlington, Middlesex County, MA

781-272-7786

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Burlington Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 4th, 2016

Please note: The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List manages a single waiting list for 93 housing authorities in Massachusetts. A list of all participating housing authorities can be found here.


The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List (MS8HCVCWL) is currently open. This waiting list opened in January 2003, and is open indefinitely.

There are three ways to apply:
 
  1. Complete the online pre-application here
  2. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in seven different languages: EnglishChineseHaitian CreolePortugueseRussianSpanishVietnamese.
  3. Contact the participating housing authority in your area of interest to request a pre-application be mailed to you. Participating housing authority contact information can be found here.
Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can call any participating housing authority. Participating housing authority contact information has been provided above.

Once the paper pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to any participating housing authority. Participating housing authority address information can be found here.

The following preferences have been identified: Activated military personnel to Persian Gulf, Board of Health condemnation, disabled, displaced by hate crime or reprisal, displaced by landlord non-renewal, displaced by natural disaster, displaced by public action, domestic violence, elderly (62+), near elderly (55+), extremely low income, health conditions disability affecting housing ned, homeless, participant in Metro Program in Wayland school, rent burdened, single person, substandard housing, tenants of Project-Based untits, clients for Project-Based units, veteran, working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

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.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information. 

For more information, visit the MS8HCVCWL website, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0400, or call the office of the housing authority in your area of interest.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Burlington Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 93 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Burlington Housing Authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Burlington Housing Authority is among the 49% of Massachusetts housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 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, Burlington Housing Authority scored an average of 76 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2005 and a low score of 0 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Massachusetts is 76.35.

Burlington Housing Authority has an average score that is less 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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 Burlington Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 4/20/10 Plan
2008 4/22/08 Plan
2007 1/24/07 Plan
2006 4/3/06 Plan
2005 1/13/06 Plan
2004 1/21/04 Plan
2003 1/21/04 Plan
2002 10/23/03 Plan