Cambridge, Massachusetts Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

This information was last updated on November 2nd, 2016.

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists are currently open. These waiting lists opened on October 3, 2016 at 10:00 am ET, and are open indefinitely.

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

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, one at a local library, or one listed at the bottom of the page here.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can contact the CHA at (617) 520-6406.

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


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, after sorting preferences.

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

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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, read the CHA public notice, visit the CHA website, or call the office at (617) 864-3020.

Public Housing Waitlist: Closed

This information was last updated on July 10th, 2015.

The Cambridge Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

According to this news report in December 2014, the CHA expects an increase in funding and anticipates new construction and rehabilitation throughout the next five years. 

As reported by this article in July 2015, the CHA began its waiting list purge process "for the first time in years" on April 23, 2015. The result was more than 2,000 names being removed from the waiting list due to no response from the purging notice. As of July 2015, there are still more than 7,300 households currently on the waiting list after the purge. 

However, the CHA stated that persons who were taken off the waiting list after the purge can contact the office within the next six months to be placed back onto the list.

While the CHA is in the middle of a major Public Housing renovation and construction project, in which many Public Housing units are unlivable, it has made 250 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers available to households waiting on the Public Housing waiting list. As of July 9, 2015, there are still 56 Section 8 vouchers available for those on the Public Housing waiting list.

Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waitlist: Closed

This information was last updated on July 10th, 2015.

The Cambridge Housing Authority is not accepting public housing waiting list applications at this time.

According to this news report in December 2014, the CHA expects an increase in funding and anticipates new construction and rehabilitation throughout the next five years. 

As reported by this article in July 2015, the CHA began its waiting list purge process "for the first time in years" on April 23, 2015. The result was more than 2,000 names being removed from the waiting list due to no response from the purging notice. As of July 2015, there are still more than 7,300 households currently on the waiting list after the purge. 

However, the CHA stated that persons who were taken off the waiting list after the purge can contact the office within the next six months to be placed back onto the list.

While the CHA is in the middle of a major Public Housing renovation and construction project, in which many Public Housing units are unlivable, it has made 250 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers available to households waiting on the Public Housing waiting list. As of July 9, 2015, there are still 56 Section 8 vouchers available for those on the Public Housing waiting list.

Public Housing Property Inspection Scores

All public housing projects and privately owned rental properties with project-based Section 8 contracts are inspected every 1 to 3 years by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). The mission of REAC is to insure that HUD’s multifamily portfolio is well maintained, free of health and safety risks for tenants and to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in HUD’s multifamily programs.

The highest REAC score possible is 100 points. Points are awarded in five inspectable areas: site, building exteriors, common areas, systems and units. Points may be weighted differently for different property types. For example, an urban property with little to no grounds might have a score weighted more on the building exteriors and less on the site whereas a suburban property with acres of land will be weighted more on the site review.

The frequency of REAC inspections is determined by the last REAC score a property received. If a property receives a REAC score of 90 or higher, the next REAC inspection will be scheduled in 3 years. Scores of 80 to 89 require re-inspection in 2 years and scores of 60 to 79 require re-inspection in a year.

A score of less than 60 is considered failing. Scores of 31 to 59 require re-inspection in 60 days and scores of 30 or lower are referred to a HUD Enforcement Center for corrective action.

Property Score Inspection Date
J F Kennedy Apts 99/100 07/30/2014
Leonard J. Russell 96/100 07/25/2014
Roosevelt Towers 85/100 07/28/2014
Corcoran Park 94/100 07/14/2014
Frank J. Manning A 98/100 07/29/2014
Washington Elms 97/100 07/15/2014
Jefferson Park 92/100 07/24/2014
Lyndon B Johnson A 99/100 07/17/2014
Millers River Apts 98/100 07/22/2014
Woodrow Wilson Cou 98/100 07/23/2014
Norfolk Street 99/100 07/18/2014
Daniel F Burns Apt 97/100 07/21/2014
Jackson Gardens 98/100 04/08/2014
Lincoln Way 99/100 04/03/2014
Lincoln Way Extens 90/100 09/23/2013

Public Housing Operated by Cambridge Housing Authority

55 Essex St
John F. Kennedy Apartments is a 69 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME Public Housing
100 Harvard St
Washington Elms is a 271 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
11 Corcoran Ln
Corcoran Park is a 156 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
131 Washington St
Newtowne Court is a 294 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
50 Churchill Ave
Daniel F Burns Apartments is a 211 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
15 Lambert St
Millers River Apartments is a 371 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
150 Erie St
Lyndon B Johnson Apartments is a 181 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
65 Magee St
Putnam Gardens is a 156 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
81 Clifton St
Jefferson Park is a 218 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
56 Willow St
Roosevelt Towers is a 142 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
116 Norfolk St
Norfolk Street is a 57 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
20 Chestnut St
Cambridgeport Commons Condominiums is a 28 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
237 Franklin St
Frank J. Manning Apartments is a 202 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
2050 Massachusetts Ave
Leonard J. Russell Apartments is a 71 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
2353 Massachusetts Ave
Family Condominiums is a 12 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
9 Woodrow Wilson Ct
Woodrow Wilson Court is a 82 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
1 Lincoln Way
Lincoln Way is a 37 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing
259 Harvard St
Jackson Gardens is a 45 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Public Housing

Cambridge Housing Authority serves the following locations in the state of Massachusetts:

Affordable Apartments near Cambridge Housing Authority

810 Memorial Drive Suite 102
Cambridge Community Housing is a low income housing apartment community that provides St.-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Cambridge.
411 Franklin St
Franklin St Elderly is a 92 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
1066 Cambridge St
Elm Place is a 19 unit low income housing apartment community in Cambridge.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Cambridge.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit