Somerville Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
Somerville Housing Authority serves Somerville.
|Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized||Open Until Further Notice|
|Somerville Housing Authority Public Housing||Closed|
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.
Somerville Housing Authority Website: http://sha-web.org/.
Somerville Housing Authority Phone: (617) 625-1152.
As of 12/04/2021, it is not known if Somerville 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Somerville Housing Authority manages 1,091 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||Homeownership||Family Unification||Ported Out||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$1,416||$1,320||$1,727||$1,086||$1,395|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 4% having issued approximately 282 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $17,234 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% 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 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% 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.
31% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.
41% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 23% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Somerville Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 51% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 59% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
44% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Somerville Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $437 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,114. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $130.
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.