Lawrence Housing Authority
353 Elm Street
Lawrence, Essex County, MA

978-685-3811 http://www.cityoflawrence.com/housing-authority.aspx

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
ClosedOpenNot Applicable

The Lawrence Housing Authority (LHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.


Please note: The family public housing waiting list is currently closed.

The LHA offers four public housing communities with 1,049 for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, visit the LHA to pick up an application, located at 353 Elm St., Lawrence, MA between normal office hours Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above on Wednesdays only.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

For more information the LHA can be reached by calling 978-683-2751 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Lawrence Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 1,049 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,023 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Lawrence Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Lawrence Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (51%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (49%) to that of all housing authorities in Massachusetts, Lawrence 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 (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, Lawrence Housing Authority scored an average of 99 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2004 and a low score of 88 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Massachusetts is 76.35.

Lawrence 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Lawrence Housing Authority manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 92. The scores for properties managed by Lawrence Housing Authority range from a high of 98 to a low of 76.

The highest scoring property in the Lawrence Housing Authority portfolio is Elm Street and the lowest scoring property is Merrimack Courts.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Lawrence Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 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 Lawrence Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 3/6/12 Plan
2011 4/5/11 Plan
2010 3/26/10 Plan
2009 3/3/09 Plan
2008 2/29/08 Plan
2007 2/13/07 Plan
2006 3/9/06 Plan
2005 3/11/05 Plan
2004 2/27/04 Plan
2003 2/13/03 Plan
2002 3/8/02 Plan
2001 3/29/01 Plan
2000 6/2/00 Plan

Affordable Apartments in Lawrence from ApartmentSmart

Loft Five50
1 - 2 BR

4

Public Housing Projects

1,049

Public Housing Units

1,023

Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Public Housing Size

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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