Cambridge Housing Authority

675 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
(617) 864-3020

Cambridge Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Cambridge, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of February 17th, 2019, Cambridge Housing Authority has 6 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Single Room Occupancy Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Elderly/Disabled Site Based Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Family Site-Based Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Cambridge Housing Authority serves Cambridge.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Cambridge, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Single Room Occupancy Open Indefinitely
Elderly/Disabled Site Based Open Indefinitely
Family Site-Based Open Indefinitely

Open Cambridge Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Cambridge, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on October 3, 2016 at 10:00 am ET, and is open indefinitely.

Cambridge, MA is about 3 miles west of Boston, MA.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Social Security Number, name, date of birth, income.

Income eligibility can be found in the middle of this page here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Cambridge resident, Cambridge shelter or transitional facility, employed in Cambridge, veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Applicants who apply by October 31, 2016 will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

Applicants who apply after October 31, 2016 will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the CHA public notice, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (617) 864-3020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (617) 520-6406.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/28/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Standard Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on October 3, 2016 at 10:00 am ET, and is open indefinitely.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Social Security Number, name, date of birth, income.

Income eligibility can be found in the middle of this page here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Cambridge resident, Cambridge shelter or transitional facility, employed in Cambridge, veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Applicants who apply by October 31, 2016 will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

Applicants who apply after October 31, 2016 will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the CHA public notice, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (617) 864-3020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (617) 520-6406.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/27/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Senior and Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Elderly/Disabled Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on October 3, 2016 at 10:00 am ET, and is open indefinitely.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Social Security Number, name, date of birth, income.

Income eligibility can be found in the middle of this page here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Cambridge resident, Cambridge shelter or transitional facility, employed in Cambridge, veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Applicants who apply by October 31, 2016 will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

Applicants who apply after October 31, 2016 will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the CHA public notice, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (617) 864-3020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (617) 520-6406.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/27/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Single Room Occupancy Waiting List

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Single Room Occupancy waiting list is currently open indefinitely.

Please note: This program offers housing for individuals in congregate living, typically in a shared common space.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

The following documentation is required of all members of the household: Social Security Number, name, date of birth, income.

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (617) 864-3020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6178643020.

Last Updated on 07/06/2017.

Open Indefinitely: Elderly/Disabled Site Based Waiting List

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Elderly/Disabled Site Based waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on July 5, 2017 at 10:00 am ET, and is open indefinitely.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

Income eligibility and community information can be found on public notice here.

This waiting list has unconfirmed preferences that can be found on the application.

Applicants who apply by July 31, 2017 will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

Applicants who apply after July 31, 2017 will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the pre-application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the CHA public notice, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (617) 864-3020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6178643020.

Last Updated on 07/06/2017.

Open Indefinitely: Family Site-Based Waiting List

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Family site-based waiting list is currently open, from September 1, 2018, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

The application is online only, and no paper applications will be available or accepted. Only one application per household will be accepted. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library, or at one of the location listed here. If there are any difficulties in submitting the online application, contact the housing authority.

Income limit information can be found here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work locally, veterans.

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

For more information, visit the CHA website, or call the CHA office at (617) 864- 3020.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (617) 864- 3020.

Last Updated on 12/03/2018.

About Cambridge Housing Authority

More information about Cambridge Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cambridge-housing.org/.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://cha.applicants4housing.com .

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/17/2019, it is not known if Cambridge 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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-6:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-6:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday 8:30am-12:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Cambridge Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Cambridge Housing Authority manages 6,819 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Moving To Work VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 10 2,196 2,672 120 80
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,121 $1,022 $1,295 $1,014 $1,074
Monthly Cost $11,214 $2,243,714 $3,459,034 $121,705 $85,934

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Cambridge 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 17% having issued approximately 307 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 18 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 $19,869 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 59% 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, 32% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 43% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

27% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 66% of all households were headed by a female.

62% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 40% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Cambridge Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 37% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 45% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

53% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 17% with 3 or more bedrooms. 8% 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 Cambridge Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $458 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,013. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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.


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