About Lawrence Housing Authority

The Lawrence Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

The Lawrence Housing Authority serves Lawrence.

Lawrence Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Lawrence Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List manages a single waiting list for 93 housing authorities in Massachusetts. A list of all participating housing authorities can be found here.
The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List (MS8HCVCWL) is currently open. This waiting list opened in January 2003, and is open indefinitely.

There are three ways to apply:
 
  1. Complete the online pre-application here
  2. Download and print the pre-application online. The pre-application is available in seven different languages: EnglishChineseHaitian CreolePortugueseRussianSpanishVietnamese.
  3. Contact the participating housing authority in your area of interest to request a pre-application be mailed to you. Participating housing authority contact information can be found here.
Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can call any participating housing authority. Participating housing authority contact information has been provided above.

Once the paper pre-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.

The following preferences have been identified: 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, domestic violence, elderly (62+), near elderly (55+), extremely low income, health conditions disability affecting housing ned, homeless, participant in Metro Program in Wayland school, rent burdened, single person, substandard housing, tenants of Project-Based untits, clients for Project-Based units, veteran, working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Please note: Once the application has been submitted, it will be included on the centralized waiting list, and will be under consideration for every participating housing authority. Because of this, there is no need to apply to multiple participating housing authorities, and only one application will be accepted.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MS8HCVCWL website, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0400, or call the office of the housing authority in your area of interest.

Last Updated on 06/03/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Lawrence Housing Authority (LHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The family public housing waiting list is currently closed.

The LHA offers four public housing communities with 1,049 for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing, visit the LHA to pick up an application, located at 353 Elm St., Lawrence, MA between normal office hours Monday-Friday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above on Wednesdays only.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

No preferences were noted.

For more information the LHA can be reached by calling 978-683-2751 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.


About the Lawrence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Lawrence Housing Authority manages 971 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 757 167 47
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $680 $645 $865
Monthly Cost $515,024 $107,739 $40,665

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lawrence 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 4% having issued approximately 240 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 124 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $17,297 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 62% 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, 38% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 33% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% 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.

38% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 93% of all households were headed by a female.

92% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lawrence Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 44% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 34% 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 Lawrence Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $434 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $747. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $147.



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 Operated by Lawrence Housing Authority

651 Essex St
Merrimack Courts is a 292 unit low income housing apartment community in Lawrence.
100 Market St
Beacon Court is a 254 unit low income housing apartment community in Lawrence.
47 Auburn St
Lawrence is a 333 unit low income housing apartment community in Lawrence.
353 Elm St
Elm Street is a 177 unit low income housing apartment community in Lawrence.
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Affordable Apartments near Lawrence Housing Authority

550 Broadway
Loft Five50 is a 75 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Lawrence. Rents at Loft Five50 are $955-1,149.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Lawrence.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
23 Hawley Street
Sacred Heart Apartments is a 44 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Lawrence.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Lawrence.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
45 Camella Teoli Way
Lawrence Methuen Apartments I is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Lawrence.