Worcester Housing Authority

40 Belmont Street
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts
(508) 635-3000

Worcester Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Worcester, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 23rd, 2019, Worcester Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Worcester Housing Authority serves Worcester.

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.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open Worcester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: The public housing waiting list is only open to applicants who require a one, four, and five bedroom unit.

The WHA offers 15 public housing communities with 2,436 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the paper application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to 40 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01605, during normal office hours.

The WHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: homeless, displaced by natural forces, displaced by public action, displaced by public action sanitary code.

More information can be found by visiting the WHA website at http://www.worcester-housing.com/, or by calling 508-635-3300 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 (508)635-3000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

About Worcester Housing Authority

More information about Worcester Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.worcester-housing.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/23/2019, it is not known if Worcester 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 Worcester Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Worcester Housing Authority manages 3,711 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,571 9 17 143 50 112
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $639 $407 $688 $767 $804 $535
Monthly Cost $1,643,060 $3,661 $11,701 $109,679 $40,198 $59,903

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Worcester 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 15% having issued approximately 245 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 11 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $16,741 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 63% 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, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

61% 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 Worcester Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 45% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 68% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 32% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Worcester Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $433 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $689. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $146.

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 Worcester Housing Authority

Great Brook Valley Apartments

274 Tacoma St
Worcester, MA

Addison St Apartments

130 Dorchester St
Worcester, MA

Mill Pond Apartments

24 May St
Worcester, MA

Pleasant Towers Apartments

275 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA

Murray Ave Apartments

30 Wellington St
Worcester, MA