Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting Lists

Housing Authority Wait List
Lowell Housing AuthorityOpen
Boston Housing AuthorityOpen
Cambridge Housing AuthorityNot Open
Holyoke Housing AuthorityOpen
Fall River Housing AuthorityOpen
New Bedford Housing AuthorityOpen
Chicopee Housing AuthorityOpen
Lawrence Housing AuthorityOpen
Worcester Housing AuthorityOpen
Waltham Housing AuthorityOpen
Revere Housing AuthorityOpen
Medford Housing AuthorityOpen
Chelsea Housing AuthorityOpen
Taunton Housing AuthorityOpen
Woburn Housing AuthorityOpen
Quincy Housing AuthorityOpen
Clinton Housing AuthorityOpen
Malden Housing AuthorityOpen
Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood DevelopmentOpen
Brockton Housing AuthorityOpen
Gloucester Housing AuthorityOpen
Northampton Housing AuthorityNot Open
Framingham Housing AuthorityOpen
Pittsfield Housing AuthorityNot Open
Somerville Housing AuthorityNot Open
Newburyport Housing AuthorityOpen
Brookline Housing AuthorityOpen
North Adams Housing AuthorityNot Open
Springfield Housing AuthorityNot Open
Newton Housing AuthorityOpen
Fitchburg Housing AuthorityNot Open
Winchendon Housing AuthorityOpen
Dedham Housing AuthorityOpen
Shrewsbury Housing AuthorityNot Open
Dracut Housing AuthorityOpen
Beverly Housing AuthorityNot Open
Weymouth Housing AuthorityOpen
Barnstable Housing AuthorityOpen
Falmouth Housing AuthorityOpen
Scituate Housing AuthorityOpen
Salem Housing AuthorityOpen
Plymouth Housing AuthorityOpen
Needham Housing AuthorityOpen
Lexington Housing AuthorityOpen
Milford Housing AuthorityNot Open
Wakefield Housing AuthorityOpen
Methuen Housing AuthorityOpen
Amherst Housing AuthorityNot Open
Hudson Housing AuthorityOpen
Watertown Housing AuthorityOpen
Concord Housing AuthorityOpen
Saugus Housing AuthorityOpen
Wayland Housing AuthorityOpen
North Andover Housing AuthorityOpen
Norwood Housing AuthorityOpen
Bourne Housing AuthorityOpen
Pembroke Housing AuthorityOpen
Stoughton Housing AuthorityNot Open
Danvers Housing AuthorityOpen
Webster Housing AuthorityOpen
Groveland Housing AuthorityOpen
Rockland Housing AuthorityOpen
Maynard Housing AuthorityOpen
Tewksbury Housing AuthorityOpen
Hanson Housing AuthorityNot Open
Medway Housing AuthorityNot Open
Auburn Housing AuthorityOpen
Swansea Housing AuthorityOpen

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About Public Housing

Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.

The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.

Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.

In Massachusetts, 68 Public Housing Authorities operate 35,402 public housing rental units in 287 apartment buildings or communities.

Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.

In Massachusetts, out of 68 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 14 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 54 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.