Lawrence Housing Authority

353 Elm Street
Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts
(978) 685-3811

Lawrence Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Lawrence, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.

Lawrence Housing Authority serves Lawrence.

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.

Other Lawrence Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 11/02/2018.

Unknown: HUD Public Housing Waiting List

The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 10/31/2018.

About Lawrence Housing Authority

More information about Lawrence Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cityoflawrence.com/housing-authority.aspx.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/14/2018, it is not known if Lawrence Housing Authority is aborbing 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 Lawrence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Lawrence Housing Authority manages 978 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 759 168 51
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $701 $703 $886
Monthly Cost $532,091 $118,138 $45,206

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.


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