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Fall River Housing Authority

85 Morgan Street
Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts 2722

Fall River Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 29th, 2020, Fall River Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Fall River Housing Authority serves Fall River.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Fall River Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Fall River Housing Authority Website: http://www.fallriverha.org/.

Fall River Housing Authority Phone: (508) 675-3511.

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

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, from January 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply:

  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 08/21/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Fall River Housing Authority (FRHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The FRHA offers eleven public housing communities with 2,042 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the FRHA to pick up an application, located at 220 Johnson St., Fall River, MA between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, notarized statement of child support payments, updated savings book, last six months of checking statements, student letter, and present and previous landlord information.

Please note: You must bring in your own copies, and all adult household members must be present.

The FRHA does have a preference points system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: displaced by fire, displaced by natural disaster, displaced by government action, live and/or work in Fall River, working/educational/training program, or victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the FRHA website at http://www.fallriverha.org/, or by calling 508-675-3519 during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (508)675-3500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

About Fall River Housing Authority

More information about Fall River Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.fallriverha.org/.

Representatives of Fall River Housing Authority may be available by phone at (508) 675-3511. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/29/2020, it is not known if Fall River 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.


About the Fall River Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Fall River Housing Authority manages 2,078 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,912 29 133 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $612 $739 $871 $544
Monthly Cost $1,169,307 $21,419 $115,820 $2,174

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Fall River 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 6% having issued approximately 327 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 54 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $14,920 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 77% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

36% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

20% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 10% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Fall River Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 60% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 33% 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 Fall River Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $645. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $125.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Fall River Housing Authority

Sunset Hill

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Heritage Heights

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Call For Rent
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Fr. Diaferio Village

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Bennie Costa Plaza

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Holmes Apartments

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62+

Mitchell Heights

2100 S Main St
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Accessible
62+
Veterans Welcome

Cardinal Medeiros Towers

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62+

Francis J. Barresi Heights

1863 Pleasant St
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62+
55+

Doolan Apartments

83 Mitchell Dr
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55+
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Pleasant View

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Bates and Towers Apartments

57 Bates St
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