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Brookline Housing Authority

90 Longwood Avenue
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 2446

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

Brookline Housing Authority serves Brookline.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Family Public Housing Closed

Open Brookline Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Brookline Housing Authority Website: http://www.brooklinehousing.org/.

Brookline Housing Authority Phone: (617) 277-2022.

COVID-19 Update:

As of November 5, 2020, the BHA website states " The BHA will continue to operate and provide services safely to our residents and program participants."

more information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized 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, from January 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply:

  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 08/21/2020.

Other Brookline Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) Family Public Housing waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from November 2, 2020, until November 30, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the online paper application.
  2. Send an email to the BHA.
  3. Call the BHA.

Once the application was completed, it was either:

  1. Postmarked between November 2, 2020 at 8:30 am and November 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm; and mailed to the BHA.
  2. Dropped off at the BHA drop box.
  3. Emailed to the BHA.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 2 people $77,000
  • 3 people $86,650
  • 4 people $96,250
  • 5 people $103,950
  • 6 people $111,650

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Natural Disaster.
  • Fleeing Domestic Violence.
  • live or work in Brookline. 

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA public notice on November 5, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Brookline, Massachusetts. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 11/30/2020.

About Brookline Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Brookline Housing Authority may be available by phone at (617) 277-2022. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/04/2020, it is not known if Brookline 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 Brookline Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Brookline Housing Authority manages 996 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 604 140 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,209 $2,198 $1,206
Monthly Cost $730,419 $307,712 $4,825

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Brookline 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 9% having issued approximately 101 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 34 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $19,865 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 36% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 7% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

31% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

39% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 24% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Brookline Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 48% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 29% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

52% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 28% with 2 bedrooms and 20% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Brookline Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $495 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,279. 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 Brookline Housing Authority

Morse Apartments

50 Pleasant St
Brookline, Massachusetts

Colonel Floyd Apartments

32 Marion St
Brookline, Massachusetts