Needham Housing Authority

28 Capt Robert Cook Drive
Needham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 2494

Needham Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of June 26th, 2022, Needham Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Needham Housing Authority serves Needham.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Needham Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Needham Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

This housing authority participates in the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List, which is a partnership between 101 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.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open.

This housing authority is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from January 6, 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here
  2. Download and print the application online here. Click the link titled "Preliminary Application" in your native language.
  3. Contact a participating housing authority request an application by mail. Participating housing authority contact information can be found here.

Once the paper 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.

Income limit information can be found here.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: 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; Displaced by domestic violence; Elderly (62+); Near elderly (55+); Extremely low income; Health disability affecting housing need; Homeless; Participant in Metro Program in Wayland school; Rent burdened 50% of income; Rent burdened 40% of income; one-person family; substandard housing; tenants of Project-Based units; clients for Project-Based units; Veteran; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

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

For more information, visit the website here, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0040, or contact a participating housing authority listed here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 1-877-868-0040.

Last Updated on 11/16/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

The Needham Housing Authority (NHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least December, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print the application and forms available online here. Select the document links under the "Required Forms" section.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to Needham Housing Authority, 28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive, Needham, MA 02494.

This waiting list has the following preferences: 

  • Local
    Local preference will be granted to any applicant if any member of
     the applicant household:
    • lives in Needham: or
    • attends school in Needham; or
    • works in Needham or who has been hired to work in Needham: or
    • is age 62 or older and has ever lived in Needham: or
    • has an immediate family member who resides in Needham.
  • Working Family
    This preference will be granted to an applicant household whose Head, spouse or sole member is:
    • Gainfully employed working at least 20 hours per week earning at least minimum wage; or
    • age 62 or older; or
    • receiving Social Security disability benefits, Supplemental Security Disability Benefits or any other payments based on the individual inability to work. 
  • Veteran
    • This preference will be granted to any applicant who has served in the U.S. military and has been discharged other than dishonorably or to the widow of a veteran or an applicant household which includes minor children of a veteran.
  • Involuntarily Displaced
    To qualify for this preference, an applicant must have been involuntarily displaced and not yet living in standard replacement housing. Housing is not standard replacement housing if it is seriously overcrowded or the applicant is not occupying replacement housing pursuant to a lease or occupancy agreement; or within six months from the date of certification or verification, the applicant will be involuntarily displaced. Involuntary displacement includes:
    • displacement due to a natural disaster such as fire, flood or earthquake;
    • displacement by government action so that a public improvement can be carried out or applicant’s dwelling units has been condemned by the local community as unfit for human habitation;
    • displacement by the landlord for reasons beyond the applicant’s ability to control;
    • displacement due to actual or threatened physical violence (the actual or threatened physical must have occurred recently or be of a continuous nature and applicant must certify that the person who engaged in the violence will not reside in applicant’s household);
    • displacement top avoid reprisals such as an applicant cooperating with a new law Enforcement agency (this preference may only be granted if a law enforcement Agency has carried out a threat assessment and recommends rehousing the applicant Household);
    • displacement due to hate crimes (hate crimes are defined as actual or threatened physical violence that is based on a victim’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status);
    • displacement due to the inaccessibility of the applicant’s present housing (this preference occurs when a member of the applicants household has an impairment which makes the person unable to use critical elements of the unit and the owner of the units is not obligated  to make the unit accessible); and/or, displacement due to HUD disposition of a multifamily development.
    • ​​​​​It should be noted that involuntary displacement does not include evictions for non-payment or cause or moving as the result of a divorce or separation.
  • Paying More Than 50% Of Income For Rent
    •  To qualify for this preference, an applicant must have paid more than fifty percent (50%) of
       the household’s gross monthly income for rent and utilities for at least ninety (90) days.
    • “Rent” is the amount due on a monthly basis to the applicant’s current landlord under a
       Lease or rental agreement. An applicant does not qualify for this preference if the reason it is
       paying more than fifty percent (50%) of income for housing is because prior housing assistance
       was terminated for failure to comply with program requirements.
  • Homeless Or Living In Substandard Housing
    • Homeless
      A homeless applicant is on who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and has a primary nighttime residence that is: a supervised shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (this would include welfare hotels, congregate shelter and transitional housing); an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be deinstitutionalized; and/or, a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used for sleeping.

      It should be noted that a homeless applicant does not include and individual imprisoned or otherwise detained by law.

    • Living in Substandard Housing
      A dwelling unit is considered substandard if it: is dilapidated; does not have operable indoor plumbing; does not have useable flush toilet, bathtub or shower within the unit for the exclusive use of the applicant household (this does not apply to housing designed with shared facilities such as boarding houses); does not have electricity, or has inadequate of unsafe electrical service; does not have a safe or adequate source of heat; and/or, does not have a kitchen (these criteria does not apply to housing designed to share facilities). “Dilapidated “housing is housing which does not provide safe and adequate shelter and endangers the health, safety or well-being of the household.

      It should be noted that substandard housing does not include overcrowding.

For more information, visit the NHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (781) 444-3011.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/31/2022.

About Needham Housing Authority

More information about Needham Housing Authority can be found on its website at

Representatives of Needham Housing Authority may be available by phone at (781) 444-3011. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/26/2022, it is not known if Needham 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 Needham Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Needham Housing Authority manages 121 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Vouchers 121
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,227
Monthly Cost $148,475

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Needham 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 59 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $18,356 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 67% 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, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 34% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

30% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 70% of all households were headed by a female.

26% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 13% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Needham Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 48% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 19% 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 Needham Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $455 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,026. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $139.

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 Apartments Operated by Needham Housing Authority

Seabeds Way

46 Seabeds Way
Needham, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR

High Rock Estates

100 Fairview Rd
Needham, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
2-3 BR