Quincy Housing Authority

80 Clay Street
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
(617) 847-4350

Quincy Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Quincy, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.

Quincy Housing Authority serves Quincy.

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.

Other Quincy Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

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

Please note: The family public housing waiting list is currently closed.

The QHA offers four public housing communities with 649 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the QHA to pick up an application, located at 80 Clay St., Quincy, MA 02170, during normal office hours.
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.

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: proof of any preferences being claimed, two proofs of residency, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The QHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: homeless due to displacement by natural forces, homeless due to public action, homeless due to sanitary code violation, emergency case, or veteran.

More information can be found by visiting the QHA website at http://quincyha.phanetwork.com, or by calling 617-847-4351 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

About Quincy Housing Authority

More information about Quincy Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://quincyha.phanetwork.com/Programs.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/14/2018, it is not known if Quincy Housing Authority is aborbing 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 Quincy Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Quincy Housing Authority manages 1,186 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 1,049 13 104 10
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,113 $1,008 $483 $946
Monthly Cost $1,167,345 $13,099 $50,268 $9,461

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Quincy 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 82 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 1 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 1.9 persons and has a household income of $18,726 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% 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 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 36% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

34% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

41% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 24% of all heads of households being Black and 4% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Quincy Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 36% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

47% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% 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 Quincy Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $453 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,183. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $126.



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.


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