About Boston Housing Authority

The Boston Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Housing Authority serves Boston.

Boston Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.

To apply, attend an informational briefing session at the John F. Murphy Housing Service Center, located at 56 Chauncy St., Boston, MA 02111. A schedule of briefing sessions can be found here.

The following documentation is required at the briefing session: Birth dates, Social Security Numbers, income, photo ID.

If you are unable to attend a session because of a disability, an application can be mailed to you by calling (617) 988-3400, during normal office hours. Be sure to include documented proof from you doctor, explaining why you weren't able to apply in person.

No preferences were noted.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 BHA website, or call the office at (617) 988-3400 during normal office hours.

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Last Updated on 04/15/2016.

Boston Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen. 

According to its Annual Plan, the BHA will make a public notice two weeks before it reopens this waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website, or call the office at (617) 988-3400 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 04/15/2016.


About the Boston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Boston Housing Authority manages 13,731 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled Litigation
Vouchers 10,604 19 126 796 125 444 450 324
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,151 $767 $1,316 $1,503 $887 $889 $1,008 $1,236
Monthly Cost $12,205,823 $14,572 $165,878 $1,196,157 $110,876 $394,552 $453,674 $400,409

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Boston 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 4% having issued approximately 3,309 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 23 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $18,162 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 54% 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, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

81% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 46% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Boston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 38% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

26% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Boston Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $459 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,322. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $146.



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 Operated by Boston Housing Authority

150 St. Botolph Street
St. Botolph Street Apartments is a 135 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Section 236
42 Harrison Archway
Cathedral is a 422 unit low income housing apartment community in Boston.
125 Elm Hill Ave
Holgate Apartments is a 82 unit low income housing apartment community in Dorchester.
199 H St
Foley Apartments is a 96 unit low income housing apartment community in South Boston.

Affordable Apartments near Boston Housing Authority

1782 Washington Street
Parmelee Court Homes is a 74 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston. Rents at Parmelee Court Homes are $1,850-3,100.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
26 Worcester Street
Langham Court is a 84 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston. Rents at Langham Court are $1,350-2,900.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
166 Terrace Street
Oliver Lofts is a 62 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Boston. Rents at Oliver Lofts are $1,995-2,950.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Boston.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit