Fitchburg Housing Authority
50 Day Street
Fitchburg, Worcester County, MA

978-342-5222

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Fitchburg 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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Fitchburg Housing Authority operates 50 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Fitchburg Housing Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 1 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 100% 1 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Fitchburg Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 48 out of a total 50 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4%.

Family Type

Of the 33 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 5 (15.15%) were elderly, 28 (84.85%) were non-elderly, 33 (100%) were disabled, 0 (0%) contained children and 0 (0%) 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 (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Fitchburg Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Fitchburg Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $0.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $0. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $0. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $0. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $0.

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 Fitchburg Housing Authority portfolio, 2% of households identified as Black, 94% identified as White, and 42% 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 Fitchburg Housing Authority properties, 45 were Extremely Low Income, 3 were Very Low Income, 0 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Fitchburg Housing Authority properties is $11,638. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 0% earn more than $25,000 while 100% 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 Fitchburg Housing Authority public housing 0% have wage income, 2% have welfare income, 100% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 4% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 48 households containing 51 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 1.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 0% of households included children. Across all household members in Fitchburg Housing Authority public houins units 0% are aged zero to five and 0% are aged 6 to 17.

39.2% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 60.8% 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 Fitchburg Housing Authority public housing communities. 16.67% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 81.25% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 2.08% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Fitchburg Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 0 affordable rental units. It also administers 199 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Fitchburg Housing Authority is determined to be a No units public housing authority, meaning it manages between public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Fitchburg Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (0%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (100%) to that of all housing authorities in Massachusetts, Fitchburg Housing Authority has a smaller 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 (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, Fitchburg Housing Authority scored an average of 79 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 64 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Massachusetts is 76.35.

Fitchburg 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 (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 Fitchburg Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 2/28/10 Plan
2008 10/29/08 Plan
2007 12/28/07 Plan
2006 1/24/06 Plan
2005 8/31/05 Plan
2004 4/19/05 Plan
2003 7/23/04 Plan
2002 4/9/02 Plan
2001 5/18/00 Plan
2000 5/18/00 Plan