Ipswich Housing Authority
1 Agawam Village
Ipswich, Essex County, MA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List (MS8HCVCWL) manages a single waiting list for 93 housing authorities in Massachusetts. This waiting list is currently open. The waiting list opened in January 2003, and is open indefinitely.

There are four ways to apply
  1. Fill out the online application online here
  2. Download and print the online application. There are applications available in seven different languages: EnglishChineseHaitian CreolePortugueseRussianSpanishVietnamese.
  3. Contact your respective housing authority to have an application mailed to you. Click this link to find your local housing authority's contact information.
  4. Applicants with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation can call any housing authority. Contact information for each housing authority has been provided above.
Please click this link to read the MS8HCVCWL preferences.

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. 

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

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Ipswich Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 55 Section 8 housing vouchers.

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

Ipswich 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, Ipswich Housing Authority scored an average of 61 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 89 in 2006 and a low score of 35 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Massachusetts is 76.35.

Ipswich 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 Ipswich Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2008 1/16/09 Plan
2007 1/16/09 Plan
2001 1/9/03 Plan
2000 8/1/00 Plan