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

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Lawrence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 3rd, 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 who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). 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. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update 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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Lawrence Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update June 19th, 2015.

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)

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