Worcester Housing Authority

40 Belmont Street
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts 1605

Worcester Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 7th, 2022, Worcester Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Worcester Housing Authority offers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Worcester.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Worcester Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Worcester Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

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: 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.

The Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least June, 2015, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Complete an application at the WHA Admission Department, located at 40 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01605.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Worcester Resident
    • Lives or works within City
  • Veterans
    • Veteran with service connected disability
    • Family of deceased veteran whose death is service connected
  • Displacement by Disaster
    • Fire
    • Flood
    • Other Natural Disaster
  • Displacement by Action of Housing Owner
    • Owner sells property
    • Owner has extended family moving in
    • Owner renovation unit
    • Property foreclosed required to move
  • Displaced due to Domestic Violence
    • Victim of abuse which occurred recently or is of a continuing nature
  • Displaced by Hate Crimes
    • Prejudice and harassment of family member
  • Displacement to avoid Reprisals
    • Law enforcement agency requests alternative
      housing to avoid risk of violence against family
  • Displacement due to Inaccessibility of Unit
    • Mobility or other impairment that prohibits
      access to current apartment
  • Substandard Housing
    • Landlord's failure to provide safe and adequate shelter and endangered the health, safety and/or well being of the family
  • Rent Burden
    • Paying more than 50% of household income towards rent and utilities for a period of at least 90 days
  • Homeless
    • Lacks fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residency
    • Primary nighttime residence that is a supervised public or private operated shelter designated to provide temporary living accommodations
    • A public or private place not designated or normally used as a regular sleeping place for humans

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

    For more information, visit the WHA website.

    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 11/23/2020.

    About Worcester Housing Authority

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

    Representatives of Worcester Housing Authority may be available by phone at (508) 635-3000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

    HCV Portability Status

    As of 07/07/2022, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Worcester Housing Authority manages 3,708 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
    Vouchers 2,677 5 14 103 74 110
    Monthly Cost Per Voucher $797 $892 $1,014 $943 $1,373 $584
    Monthly Cost $2,132,237 $4,461 $14,200 $97,164 $101,605 $64,225

    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 Apartments Operated by Worcester Housing Authority

    Great Brook Valley Gardens Apartments

    69 Tacoma St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Family & Senior

    Addison Apartments

    Addison St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    Studio-1 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+

    Mill Pond Apartments

    24 May St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+

    Pleasant Towers Apartments

    275 Pleasant St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    Studio-2 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+

    Murray Ave Apartments

    30 Wellington St and 50 Murray Ave
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    Studio-1 BR

    Lincoln Park Towers Apartments

    11 Lake Ave
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    Studio-1 BR
    55+
    62+

    North, Sigourney & Providence Street Apartments

    79 North St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    1 BR
    Family & Senior

    Belmont Towers Apartments

    40 Belmont Street
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1-2 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+

    Webster Square Towers East & West Apartments

    1050 Main St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    Studio-2 BR
    55+
    62+

    Southwest Gardens Apartments

    8 Home St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Family & Senior

    Elm Park Towers Apartments

    425 Pleasant St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1-2 BR
    55+
    62+

    Curran Terrace

    201 Providence St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+

    Lakeside Apartments

    52 Circuit Ave S
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1-3 BR
    Family & Senior

    Lafayette Place

    2 Lafayette St
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+

    Booth Apartments

    1 Haven Ln
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Call For Rent
    1 BR
    55+
    Accessible
    62+