Holyoke Housing Authority

475 Maple Street
Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts
(413) 539-2220

Holyoke Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Holyoke, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Moderate Rehabilitation, Homeownership, and Moving to Work programs. As of March 22nd, 2019, Holyoke Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The HUD Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Holyoke Housing Authority serves Holyoke.

Open Now: Open Indefinitely Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is a partnership between 102 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. Waiting list information can be found on our page here.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
HUD Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Massachusetts State Public Housing Closed

Open Holyoke Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: HUD Public Housing Waiting List

The Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) HUD Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least January 4, 2019, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. 1. Visit the HHA to pick up an application, located at 475 Maple St., Suite 1, Holyoke, MA 01040, during normal office hours.
  2. Download and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Conventional Public Housing Section," and select the "public housing application" link.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Veteran, working, live and/or work in Holyoke, homeless due to displacement by natural forces, displaced by government action, or victim of domestic violence.

For more information, visit the HHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (413) 539-2220.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/04/2019.

Other Holyoke Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Massachusetts State Public Housing Waiting List

The Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) State Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in January, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Veterans, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Referred by another Assistance Program (Living in  housing subsidized by  the Massachusetts Alternative Voucher Program (MAVP).

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

For more information, visit the HHA website here.

Last Updated on 03/09/2019.

About Holyoke Housing Authority

More information about Holyoke Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.holyokehousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/22/2019, it is not known if Holyoke 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 Holyoke Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Holyoke Housing Authority manages 1,412 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Homeownership Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out
Vouchers 10 113 996 18
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $586 $521 $571 $846
Monthly Cost $5,863 $58,905 $568,739 $15,221

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Holyoke 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 2% having issued approximately 627 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 40 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 82 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $14,627 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 85% were extremely low income (ELI). 23% of households had wages as a major source of income, 9% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% 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.

40% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Holyoke Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 54% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 87% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

51% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 26% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 Holyoke Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $389 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $577. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $91.



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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