Chelmsford Housing Authority

10 Wilson Street
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1824

Chelmsford Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), and Homeownership programs. As of June 26th, 2022, Chelmsford Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Chelmsford Housing Authority serves Chelmsford.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Chelmsford Housing Authority Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Merrimac Commons Closed
Beaver Brook Crossing Closed
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program Closed

Open Chelmsford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

This housing authority participates in the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List, which is a partnership between 101 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.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open.

This housing authority is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from January 6, 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here
  2. Download and print the application online here. Click the link titled "Preliminary Application" in your native language.
  3. Contact a participating housing authority request an application by mail. Participating housing authority contact information can be found here.

Once the paper application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to any participating housing authority. Participating housing authority address information can be found here.

Income limit information can be found here.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: Activated military personnel to Persian Gulf; Board of Health condemnation; Disabled; Displaced by hate crime or reprisal, Displaced by landlord non-renewal; Displaced by natural disaster;  Displaced by public action; Displaced by domestic violence; Elderly (62+); Near elderly (55+); Extremely low income; Health disability affecting housing need; Homeless; Participant in Metro Program in Wayland school; Rent burdened 50% of income; Rent burdened 40% of income; one-person family; substandard housing; tenants of Project-Based units; clients for Project-Based units; Veteran; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

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

For more information, visit the website here, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0040, or contact a participating housing authority listed here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 1-877-868-0040.

Last Updated on 11/16/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Chelmsford Housing Authority (CHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application online here. Select the link for a community with an open waiting list.
  2. Pick up an application at the CHA office located at 10 Wilson Street, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm ET.

Once the application is completed, it must be dropped off at the CHA office located at the address above during office hours.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information visit the CHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (800) 439-0183 for voice and the Massachusetts Relay number of (800) 439-2370 for TTY.

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 06/30/2020.

Other Chelmsford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Merrimac Commons Waiting List

The Chelmsford Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for 2-Bedroom townhomes at Merrimac Commons is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on August 18, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to print the paper application that was available online.

Once the application has been completed, it was either:

  1. Mailed to the Chelmsford Housing Authority.
  2. Faxed to the CHA.
  3. Emailed to the CHA.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 person $54,950
  • 2 persons $62,800
  • 3 persons $70,650
  • 4 persons $78,500

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • A local preference apply to who are municipal employees, are working at a business located in Tyngsboro, or people who have children who are attending Tyngsboro schools.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA, as of June 30, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts.

Last Updated on 08/18/2020.

Closed: Beaver Brook Crossing Waiting List

The Chelmsford Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for apartments at Beaver Brook Crossing is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on August 21, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to print the online paper application.

Once the application has been completed, it was mailed to the Chelmsford Housing Authority.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 person $37,800 | 4 persons $54,000
  • 2 persons $43,200 | 5 persons $58,350
  • 3 persons $48,600 | 6 persons $62,650

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Residents of the Chelmsford/Greater Lowell Area.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CHA, as of June 30, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Last Updated on 08/21/2020.

Closed: Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program Waiting List

The Chelmsford Housing Authority (CHA) waiting list for Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 1, 2020, until July 10, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This is not the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. This is a program by the State of Massachusetts.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Print the application that was available online.
  2. Send an email to the CHA.
  3. Pick up an application from outside the CHA main office.
  4. Call the CHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the CHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Lowell Sun public notice, as of June 30, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Last Updated on 07/10/2020.

About Chelmsford Housing Authority

More information about Chelmsford Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.chelmsfordha.com.

Representatives of Chelmsford Housing Authority may be available by phone at (978) 256-7425. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of June 26th, 2022, it is not known if Chelmsford Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/24/2019, Chelmsford Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Chelmsford Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Chelmsford Housing Authority manages 553 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 265 2 7 116 163
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $980 $583 $1,061 $980 $825
Monthly Cost $259,675 $1,166 $7,426 $113,645 $134,546

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Chelmsford 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 14% having issued approximately 47 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 39 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 $19,367 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 71% 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, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

30% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 65% of all households were headed by a female.

38% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Chelmsford Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 36% include at least one person with a disability. 55% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 58% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

43% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Chelmsford Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $478 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $932. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $137.



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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