Newton Housing Authority

82 Lincoln Street
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
(617) 552-5501

Newton Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Newton, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 23rd, 2019, Newton Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Newton Housing Authority serves Newton.

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.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open Newton Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Newton Housing Authority (NHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The NHA does not offer a federal public housing program for families.

The NHA offers three federal public housing communities with 298 units for senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Request an application be mailed to you by calling 617-552-5501 during normal office hours.
2. Visit the NHA to pick up an application, located at 82 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461, during normal office hours.

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

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The NHA does have a preference for applicants who live and/or work in Newton.

More information can be found by visiting the NHA website at http://www.newtonhousing.org/, or by calling 617-552-5501 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 (617)552-5501.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

About Newton Housing Authority

More information about Newton Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.newtonhousingauthority.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/23/2019, it is not known if Newton 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 Newton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Newton Housing Authority manages 420 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 416 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,272 $962
Monthly Cost $529,351 $3,848

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Newton 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 214 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $18,487 per year. 93% 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, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% 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, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

42% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

54% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 25% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Newton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 69% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 43% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Newton Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $491 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,251. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $150.



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 Operated by Newton Housing Authority

Nonantum Village

239 Watertown St
Newton, MA

Echo Ridge

74 Thurston Rd
Newton, MA
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