Lowell Housing Authority

350 Moody Street
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
(978) 364-5311

Lowell Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Lowell, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Family Self-sufficiency, and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of March 23rd, 2019, Lowell Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The HUD Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The General Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Elderly/Handicapped Massachusetts Public Housing Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Lowell Housing Authority serves Lowell.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
HUD Public Housing Open Indefinitely
General Massachusetts Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Elderly/Handicapped Massachusetts Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Lowell, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Lowell Rental Assistance Fund Program (LRAP) Closed

Open Lowell Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: HUD Public Housing Waiting List

The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) HUD Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2018, until further notice.

Lowell, MA is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, MA.

To apply, complete an application at the Public Housing office, located at 21 Salem St, Lowell, MA 01854; from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

This waiting list has the following preferences: involuntarily displaced by government action, displaced by natural disaster, employed, elderly, disabled, live and/or work in Lowell, victim of domestic violence, or veteran.

For more information, visit the LHA 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 (978) 364-5311.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/13/2018.

Open Indefinitely: General Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting List

The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) General Massachusetts Public Housing waiting list for 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units is currently open, from November 17, 2018, until further notice

Lowell, MA is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, MA.

 There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at the LHA office located at Mercier Center, 21 Salem Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm, ET.
  2. Call (978) 364-5365 to request an application sent to you by mail.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to the LHA office at 21 Salem Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854.
  2. Dropped off at the LHA office at the address above, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Homelessness caused by displacement from a natural disaster, government action, or domestic violence, veterans, working families.  

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information visit the LHA State-Aided 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 (978) 364-5365.

Last Updated on 12/13/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Elderly/Handicapped Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting List

The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) Elderly/Handicapped Massachusetts Public Housing waiting list for 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units is currently open, from November 17, 2018, until November 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET.

Lowell, MA is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, MA.

 There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at the LHA office located at Mercier Center, 21 Salem Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm.
  2. Call (978) 364-5365, to request an application sent to you by mail.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to the LHA office at 21 Salem Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01854.
  2. Dropped off at the LHA office at the address above, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Homelessness caused by displacement from a natural disaster, government action, or domestic violence, veterans, working families.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. All applications submitted by November 16, 2018 will become part of the lottery system for tenant selection set forth by Department of Housing and Community Development. After the completion of the lottery, the Lowell Housing Authority will continue to accept applications, and selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information visit the LHA State-Aided 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 (978) 364-5365.

Last Updated on 12/13/2018.

Other Lowell Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Lowell, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) General Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in November, 2018.

Lowell, MA is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, MA.

 There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the online application.
  2. Pick-up an application at the LHA office.
  3. Complete the application at the LHA office..

Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been either:

  1. Mailed to the LHA office.
  2. Dropped off at the LHA office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Involuntary displacement from a natural disaster or government action, working families, Elderly, Disabled, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Victim of Domestic Violence, or Veterans.  

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

For more information visit the LHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here.

Last Updated on 01/13/2019.

Closed: Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Mainstream waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in November, 2018.

Lowell, MA is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, MA.

 There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the online application.
  2. Pick-up an application at the LHA office.
  3. Complete the application at the LHA office..

Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been either:

  1. Mailed to the LHA office.
  2. Dropped off at the LHA office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Involuntary displacement from a natural disaster or government action, working families, Elderly, Disabled, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Victim of Domestic Violence, or Veterans.  

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

For more information visit the LHA Housing Choice Voucher Program page here.

Last Updated on 12/13/2018.

Closed: Lowell Rental Assistance Fund Program (LRAP) Waiting List

The Lowell Housing Authority (LHA) Lowell Rental Assistance Fund Program (LRAP) waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in November, 2018.

Lowell, MA is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, MA.

 There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the online application.
  2. Pick-up an application at the LHA office.
  3. Complete the application at the LHA office..

Once the paper application has been completed, it must have been either:

  1. Mailed to the LHA office.
  2. Dropped off at the LHA office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Involuntary displacement from a natural disaster or government action, working families, Elderly, Disabled, Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Victim of Domestic Violence, or Veterans.  

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

For more information visit the LHA website here.

Last Updated on 12/13/2018.

About Lowell Housing Authority

More information about Lowell Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://www.lhma.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/01/2018, Lowell Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Lowell Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Lowell Housing Authority manages 1,147 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,050 22 18 47 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $884 $845 $756 $966 $747
Monthly Cost $928,233 $18,592 $13,608 $45,382 $747

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lowell 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 3% having issued approximately 403 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 68 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $17,746 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% 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, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

45% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

65% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lowell Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 85% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Lowell Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $440 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,029. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $172.



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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