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 November 17th, 2018, Cambridge Housing Authority has 5 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.

Cambridge Housing Authority serves Cambridge.

Open Cambridge Housing Authority Waiting Lists

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Waiting ListStatus
Housing Choice VoucherOpen Indefinitely
Project-Based VoucherOpen Indefinitely
Senior and Disabled Project-Based VoucherOpen Indefinitely
Single Room OccupancyOpen Indefinitely
Elderly/Disabled Site BasedOpen Indefinitely

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Other Cambridge Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Family Site-Based Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 10/01/2018.

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 11/17/2018, it is not known if Cambridge Housing Authority is aborbing 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 6,250 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 27 1,610 2,671 122 81
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $993 $1,166 $1,281 $1,001 $1,059
Monthly Cost $26,817 $1,877,335 $3,421,765 $122,065 $85,768

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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