Northampton Housing Authority

49 Old South Street
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts 1060

Northampton Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of December 4th, 2021, Northampton Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Northampton Housing Authority serves Northampton.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Northampton Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Northampton Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Northampton Housing Authority Website:

Northampton Housing Authority Phone: (413) 584-4030.

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Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Northampton Housing Authority (NHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: The NHA owns 7 public housing sites, including Hampshire Heights and Florence Heights for families and McDonald House, Forsander Apartments, Cahill Apartments, Tobin Manor and Salvo House for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete the application at the McDonald House, located at 49 Old South  Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, ET.
  2. Pick up an application at the McDonald House or NHA offices located at the address above, during office hours.
  3. Call (413) 584-4030 to request an application by mail.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to the NHA office at 49 Old South Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060.
  2. Dropped off at the NHA office at the address above, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, ET.

This waiting list has the following preferences: The Elderly, Persons with Disabilities, Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. and Veterans.

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

For more information, visit the NHA website or call the office at (413) 584-4030. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (413) 584-4030 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/20/2018.

About Northampton Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Northampton Housing Authority may be available by phone at (413) 584-4030. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/04/2021, it is not known if Northampton 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 Northampton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Northampton Housing Authority manages 765 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 381 51 4 312
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $666 $882 $822 $498
Monthly Cost $253,811 $44,957 $3,288 $155,278

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Northampton 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 16% having issued approximately 48 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 6 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 $16,234 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 18% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 79% 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, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 36% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

26% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 19% of households with children have a female head of household. 51% of all households were headed by a female.

38% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 12% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Northampton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 42% include at least one person with a disability. 66% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

54% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Northampton Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $417 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $635. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $124.

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 Northampton Housing Authority

Joseph H Mcdonald Hse

49 Old South St
Northampton, Massachusetts