Boston Housing Authority

52 Chauncy Street
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 2111

Boston Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of December 4th, 2021, Boston Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Boston Housing Authority serves Boston.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Boston Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Boston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Boston 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.

Boston Housing Authority Website: http://www.bostonhousing.org/.

Boston Housing Authority Phone: (617) 988-4000.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List
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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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.
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (617)988-4000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/15/2016.

Other Boston Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Boston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
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 Boston Housing Authority

More information about Boston Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.bostonhousing.org/.

Representatives of Boston Housing Authority may be available by phone at (617) 988-4000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/04/2021, it is not known if Boston 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 Boston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Boston Housing Authority manages 16,003 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 Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled Litigation
Vouchers 12,928 20 198 815 33 575 480 254
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,689 $948 $1,731 $1,726 $1,012 $1,170 $1,520 $1,582
Monthly Cost $21,838,289 $18,956 $342,711 $1,406,888 $33,412 $672,770 $729,542 $401,875

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 Apartments Operated by Boston Housing Authority

St. Botolph Street Apartments

70 St. Botolph St
Boston, Massachusetts

Cathedral

42 Harrison Archway
Boston, Massachusetts

Commonwealth Development

35 Fidelis Way
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Holgate Apartments

125 Elm Hill Ave
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Foley Apartments

199 H St S
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+

Washington Street

91-95 Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible
Subsidized

Mlk Towers

280 Martin Luther King Blvd
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR

Eva White Apartments

440 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Doris Buntè Apartments

1990 Columbus Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Frederick Douglas

755 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Amory Street

125 Amory St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Torre Unidad

80 W Dedham St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Rockland Towers

5300 Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Codman Apartments

784 Washington St
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Lower Mills Apartments

2262 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Ausonia Apartments

185 Fulton St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Patricia White Apartments

20 Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Roslyn Apartments

1 Cliffmont St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Bellflower Street

24 Bellflower St
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Peabody Englewood Apartments

1875 Dorchester Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Hampton House

155 Northampton St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Orchard Gardens Phase III - Hope VI

25 Ambrose St
Boston, Massachusetts

Maverick Landing

31 Liverpool Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Franklin Hill Revitalization Phase 2a

1 Shandon Rd
Boston, Massachusetts

Washington Beech Apartments

4560 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Income Based
1-4 BR

Charlestown

55 Bunker Hill Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Lenox Street

136 Lenox Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Alice Taylor

260 Ruggles Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-5 BR
Family & Senior

Mary Ellen Mccormack

10 Kemp Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

W Newton - Rutland - E Springfield Street

110 W Newton St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-5 BR

Franklin Field Development

91 Ames Street
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Highland Park

54 Highland St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Pond Street

29 Pond Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Annapolis Street

52 Sumner Street
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Ashmont Street

374 Ashmont Street
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Groveland

5 Mary Moore Beatty Cir
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Davison Apartments

101 Davison St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+

West Ninth Street

185 West 9th Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

J. J. Carrol Apartments

130 Chestnut Hill Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Meade Apartments

5 Melville Ave
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

General Warren

47 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Spring Street

23 Spring Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Accessible

Malone Apartments

11 Gordon Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible

Commonwealth Elderly

35 Fidelis Way
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Orchard Gardens Off - Site Phase I - Hope VI

25 Ambrose Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Franklin Hill Phase 1a

99 Shandon Rd
Dorchester, Massachusetts

Franklin Hill Phase 1b

51 Franklin Hill Ave
Dorchester, Massachusetts

Franklin Hill Phase 2b

19 Franklin Hill Ave
Dorchester, Massachusetts

Mildred C. Hailey Apartments - Bromley Park

30 Bickford Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-5 BR

Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony

25 James O'neill St
Boston, Massachusetts

Camden Street Apartments

50 Camden Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Fairmount Apartments

43 Bow Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Faneuil Gardens

266 North Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Family & Senior

Gallivan Boulevard

115 Standard Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Family & Senior

Mission Main Apartments

43 Smith Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Low Income Housing Managed by Boston Housing Authority

Torre Unidad

80 W Dedham St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Arch

1035 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts

526 Park Street

526 Park St
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Accessible
62+

Boston Hope Elderly

88-98 Nightingale St
Boston, Massachusetts

West Broadway Homes

73 Crowley Rogers Way
Boston, Massachusetts

Building 104 (Elderly Only)

104 1st Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR

Sargent Prince

37 Roxbury St
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Monsignor Powers Apartments

120 L Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
55+
Accessible
62+

Boston Hope

71 KINGSDALE ST
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accessible
62+

Hearth at Burroughs Streets

27 BURROUGHS ST
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
62+

New England Center and Home for Veterans

17 COURT ST
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Bowdoin Manor

37, 39, 41 BOWDOIN ST
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio BR
Accessible
62+