Lowell Housing Authority

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

Open today from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

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 November 14th, 2018, Lowell Housing Authority has 6 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Lowell, Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on November 16th, 2018. The Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on November 16th, 2018. The Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on November 16th, 2018. The Massachusetts Public Housing for Elderly/Disabled Other Senior and Disabled Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on November 16th, 2018. The Lowell Rental Assistance Fund Program (LRAP) Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on November 16th, 2018. The HUD Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Lowell Housing Authority serves Lowell.

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Waiting ListStatus
Housing Choice VoucherOpen Now
Housing Choice VoucherOpen Now
Massachusetts Public HousingOpen Now
Other Senior and DisabledOpen Now
Lowell Rental Assistance Fund Program (LRAP)Open Now
Public HousingOpen Indefinitely

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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 1,129 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
Vouchers 1,034 23 19 46
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $851 $651 $765 $980
Monthly Cost $879,622 $14,962 $14,535 $45,073

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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