Amherst Housing Authority

33 Kellogg Avenue
Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts 1002

Amherst Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Amherst Housing Authority serves Amherst.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Seventy Amherst Apartments, Studio,1, and 2-Bedroom, Local Action Units Program Closed
Amherst Housing Authority Public Housing Unknown

Open Amherst Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Amherst Housing Authority Phone: (413) 256-0206.

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

This housing authority participates in the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List, which is a partnership between 101 of the 131 housing authorities in Massachusetts. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Selected applicants will be placed on the centralized waiting list, and will be under consideration for every participating housing authority.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open.

This housing authority is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from January 6, 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here
  2. Download and print the application online here. Click the link titled "Preliminary Application" in your native language.
  3. Contact a participating housing authority request an application by mail. Participating housing authority contact information can be found here.

Once the paper 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.

Income limit information can be found here.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: 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; Displaced by domestic violence; Elderly (62+); Near elderly (55+); Extremely low income; Health disability affecting housing need; Homeless; Participant in Metro Program in Wayland school; Rent burdened 50% of income; Rent burdened 40% of income; one-person family; substandard housing; tenants of Project-Based units; clients for Project-Based units; Veteran; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application has been received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the website here, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0040, or contact a participating housing authority listed here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 1-877-868-0040.

Last Updated on 11/16/2021.

Other Amherst Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Seventy Amherst Apartments, Studio,1, and 2-Bedroom, Local Action Units Program Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amherst Housing Authority (AHA) Seventy Amherst Apartments waiting list is currently closed. Applications for Studio,1, and 2-Bedroom Local Action Units Program units were last accepted on August 27, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to open and print the application online.

Once the application was completed, it must have been postmarked by August 27, 2019, and mailed to The Amherst Housing Authority.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Current residents of the Town of Amherst.
  • Amherst Municipal Employees: Employees of the Town of Amherst, such as teachers, janitors, firefighters, police officers, librarians, or town hall employees.
  • Employees of Local Businesses: Employees of businesses located in the Town of Amherst.
  • Households with children attending public schools in the Town of Amherst

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences. Lottery will be held September 4, 2019 at 9:00 am ET.

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Last Updated on 08/28/2019.

Unknown: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Amherst Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

Last Updated on 08/28/2019.

About Amherst Housing Authority

Representatives of Amherst Housing Authority may be available by phone at (413) 256-0206. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/09/2021, it is not known if Amherst Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Amherst Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Amherst Housing Authority manages 380 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 358 9 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $745 $939 $981
Monthly Cost $266,856 $8,450 $3,924

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Amherst Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 7% having issued approximately 57 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 52 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $16,340 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

43% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

50% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Amherst Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Amherst Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $457 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $761. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Amherst Housing Authority

Watson Farms

693 Main St
Amherst, Massachusetts