Brookline Housing Authority

90 Longwood Avenue
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
(617) 277-2022

Brookline Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Brookline, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 23rd, 2019, Brookline Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Brookline Housing Authority serves Brookline.

Open Now: Open Indefinitely Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is a partnership between 102 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. Waiting list information can be found on our page here.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open Brookline Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

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

Brookline, MA is 5 miles southwest of Boston, MA.

Please note: The senior/disabled waiting list, and 4 and 5-bedroom family waiting lists are currently open indefinitely. The 1, 2 and 3-bedroom family waiting lists are currently closed.

The BHA offers two public housing communities with 497 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply for either waiting list:
  1. Download the application online here, then print and complete.
  2. Visit the BHA office to pick up an application, located at 90 Longwood Ave., Suite 1, Brookline, MA 02446, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The BHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced by natural disaster, displaced by public action, no fault eviction, fleeing domestic violence, displaced by code enforcement, severe medical emergency, veteran, or live and/or work in Brookline.

For more information, visit the BHA website here, or call the BHA at (617) 277-1885 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)277-2022.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/17/2015.

About Brookline Housing Authority

More information about Brookline Housing Authority can be found on its website at

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/23/2019, 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 most recent VMS report, Brookline Housing Authority manages 1,025 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 629 132 7
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,033 $2,071 $1,559
Monthly Cost $649,738 $273,320 $10,910

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 Operated by Brookline Housing Authority

Morse Apartments

50 Pleasant St
Brookline, MA

Colonel Floyd Apartments

32 Marion St
Brookline, MA
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