Haverhill Housing Authority

25-C Washington Square
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
(978) 372-6761

Program Details

Haverhill Housing Authority is a Section 8 Agency in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is a partnership between 101 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. A list of all participating housing authorities can be found here.

Open Indefinitely: Massachusetts Centralized Waiting List

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open. This waiting list opened in January 2003, and is open indefinitely.

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 Section 8 units, clients for Project-Based Section 8 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, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the website, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0400, or call the housing authority in your area of interest.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at by phone. Contact information can be found here: http://section8listmass.org/List_of_Participating_Agencies.php.

Last Updated on 11/29/2017.

Haverhill Housing Authority serves Haverhill.

About Haverhill Housing Authority

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/14/2018, it is not known if Haverhill 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.


About the Haverhill Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Haverhill Housing Authority manages 477 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 318 19 8
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $752 $746 $745
Monthly Cost $239,172 $14,172 $5,962

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Haverhill 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 81 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 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 38 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $17,488 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% 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 79% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 43% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 7% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

26% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 24% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

39% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Haverhill Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% 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. 36% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

55% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 23% with 2 bedrooms and 21% 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 Haverhill Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $424 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $824. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $144.



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.