Newton Housing Authority

82 Lincoln Street
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 2461

Newton Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Newton, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of November 13th, 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.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Newton Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open, from January 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply:

  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 06/05/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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/.

Representatives of Newton Housing Authority may be available by phone at (617) 552-5501. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/13/2019, 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 418 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 413 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,264 $1,095
Monthly Cost $521,912 $5,477

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

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