Cambridge Housing Authority

675 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
(617) 864-3020
Open today from 8:30am to 12:00pm.

Program Details

Cambridge Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cambridge Housing Authority serves Cambridge.

Cambridge Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Cambridge, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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, 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.

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


After applying, learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/28/2018.

Project-Based Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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, 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.

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


IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 who is currently also on the housing authority's Housing Choice Voucher waiting list may request to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/27/2018.

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

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, 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.

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


IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 who is currently also on the housing authority's Housing Choice Voucher waiting list may request to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/27/2018.

Single Room Occupancy Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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.

Last Updated on 07/06/2017.

Elderly/Disabled Site Based Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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, after sorting preferences.

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

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

Last Updated on 07/06/2017.

Family Site-Based Waiting List: Open Soon

AUGUST
1st
Family Site-Based Waiting List
  • When: August 1st, 2018-August 31st, 2018
  • Ways to Apply: Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Random Lottery
  • Reasonable Accommodation:  Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at (617) 520-6406.
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans.  Learn More About Preferences

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) Family site-based waiting list lottery is opening soon, from August 1, 2018, until August 31, 2018. The waiting list will then remain open until further notice on a first come, first served basis.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

The online application may be difficult to access when it opens, due to high traffic. If this happens, wait a moment and refresh the page. 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 who apply between August 1 and August 31, 2018 will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Selected applicants who apply after August 31, 2018 will placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

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

Last Updated on 06/27/2018.

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 07/20/2018, it is not known if Cambridge Housing Authority is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

DayHours
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 5,910 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionMoving To WorkVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers211,6172,61512586
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$1,010$1,148$1,118$926$981
Monthly Cost$21,212$1,856,616$2,924,002$115,720$84,403

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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