New Bedford Housing Authority

134 South 2nd Street
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts 2740

New Bedford Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of May 27th, 2022, New Bedford Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

New Bedford Housing Authority serves New Bedford.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
New Bedford Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open New Bedford Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA) is accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The NBHA offers ten public housing communities with 1,748 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the NBHA to fill out an application in person, located at 134 South Second St., New Bedford, MA 02740, between thesaurus of 8:30 am and 3:00 pm Monday-Wednesday.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the downloaded application has been completed, it can be mailed to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: proof of all income, birth certificates, social security cards, proof of current living situation.

The NBHA does have a preference for veterans.

More information can be found by visiting the NBHA website at, or by calling 508-997-4800 during normal office hours.
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (508)997-4806.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

About New Bedford Housing Authority

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

Representatives of New Bedford Housing Authority may be available by phone at (508) 997-4800. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/27/2022, it is not known if New Bedford 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 New Bedford Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, New Bedford Housing Authority manages 1,861 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:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,541 58 112 102
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $563 $509 $1,077 $510
Monthly Cost $866,853 $29,524 $120,618 $52,006

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for New Bedford 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 9% having issued approximately 199 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 21 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 $14,365 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 61% were extremely low income (ELI). 20% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 75% 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, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 31% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% 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.

29% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 50% of all heads of households being Black and 16% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the New Bedford Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 39% include at least one person with a disability. 61% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% 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, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 35% with 3 or more bedrooms. 38% 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 New Bedford Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $365 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $576. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $141.

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 New Bedford Housing Authority

Boa Vista

134 S 2nd St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Caroline and Hilliside Court

525 Coggeshall St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Presidential Heights

14 Adams St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Bay Village

16 Mosher St
New Bedford, Massachusetts


220 Lindsey St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Shawmut Village

37 Cherokee Ct
New Bedford, Massachusetts


18 Walker St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Satellite Village

1 Gemini Dr
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Duncan Dottin Place

104 Dawson St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Scattered Site Development

4 Alec St
New Bedford, Massachusetts