Watertown Housing Authority

55 Waverley Avenue
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 2472

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

Watertown Housing Authority serves Watertown.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
HUD Senior and Disabled Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
St. Joseph’s Hall Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed

Open Watertown 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.

Watertown Housing Authority Website: https://watertownha.org/.

Watertown Housing Authority Phone: (617) 923-3950.

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

This housing authority participates in the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List, which is a partnership between 101 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.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open.

This housing authority is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from January 6, 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  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 11/16/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: HUD Senior and Disabled 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 Watertown Housing Authority (WHA) waiting list for Senior/Disabled Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2015, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, open and print the application online here. Scroll down to the "Federal Housing" section, and select the "Federal Application for Public Housing (pdf)" link.

For more information, visit the MHA Applications page, or visit the MHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (617) 923-3950.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/17/2020.

Other Watertown Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: St. Joseph’s Hall Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Watertown Housing Authority (WHA) waiting list for Elderly Public Housing apartments at St. Joseph’s Hall is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 16, 2019, until October 11, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete an application in person at the WHA Office.
  2. Call to request an application by mail.
  3. Submit a request for an application by mail to the WHA.

Once the application was completed, it must have been either:

  1. Delivered in person no later than Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm at the WHA office.
  2. Postmarked and mailed to the WHA, no later than October 11, 2019.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Applicants who live and/or work in Watertown, MA.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MHA website.

Last Updated on 10/11/2019.

About Watertown Housing Authority

More information about Watertown Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://watertownha.org/.

Representatives of Watertown Housing Authority may be available by phone at (617) 923-3950. 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 Watertown 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 Watertown Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Watertown Housing Authority manages 154 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 Ported Out
Vouchers 150 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,332 $1,940
Monthly Cost $199,824 $7,760

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Watertown 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 11% having issued approximately 12 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 30 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $19,179 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% 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 73% 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, 27% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 50% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 6% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

14% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 13% of households with children have a female head of household. 69% of all households were headed by a female.

15% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Watertown Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 58% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 31% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

49% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 15% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Watertown Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $477 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,015. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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 Watertown Housing Authority

Watertown Ha

100 Warren St
Watertown, Massachusetts