Worcester Housing Authority

This housing agency serves Worcester, Massachusetts.

Waiting List
Open Until Further Notice: Worcester Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting List Learn More

Open Until Further Notice: Worcester Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting List

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.
  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 alternativehousing to avoid risk of violence against family
  • Displacement due to Inaccessibility of Unit
    • Mobility or other impairment that prohibitsaccess 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.

    About The Agency

    Worcester Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 6,187 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

    40 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA

    Visit Website(508) 635-3000

    Section 8 Application Checklist

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    Keep track of everything you need to apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher in this printable checklist created by Affordable Housing Online

    How large is the Worcester Housing Authority?

    Worcester Housing Authority serves 5,831 low-income households. The agency manages 3,700 Housing Choice Vouchers and 2,390 public housing units.

    What are the incomes of residents served by the Worcester Housing Authority?

    Extremely low-income (ELI) renters, earning less than 30% of Area Median Income (AMI), make up 80 percent of households served by Worcester Housing Authority. Very low-income renters earn less than 50% AMI, and are 96 percent of Worcester Housing Authority households.

    How many Worcester Housing Authority residents are employed?

    Working adults head 1,457 households and make up 25 percent of households served by Worcester Housing Authority.

    How many female-headed renter households are served by the Worcester Housing Authority?

    There are 4140 female-headed renter households living in Worcester Housing Authority housing. Households headed by females are 71% of those served by the Worcester Housing Authority.

    What racial and ethnic groups are found among Worcester Housing Authority renters?

    Black 583
    Asian-Pacific Islander 117
    White 1,808
    Hispanic 3,324

    How many senior-headed renter households are served by Worcester Housing Authority?

    There are 2157 households headed by seniors served by the Worcester Housing Authority. Senior households are 37% of households in Worcester Housing Authority housing.

    How many households headed by persons with disabilities live in Worcester Housing Authority housing?

    There are 2040 persons with disabilities living in Worcester Housing Authority housing. Persons with disabilities are the head of 35% of households served by the Worcester Housing Authority.

    How does HUD rate the performance of the Worcester Housing Authority?

    The Worcester Housing Authority is rated as a high performer by HUD.

    HUD rates the performance of Public Housing Agencies. The department looks at physical condition of properties, financial condition, management operations, and use of Public Housing Capital Funds for improvements.

    Public Housing Communities Managed by Worcester Housing Authority

    Belmont Towers Apartments

    40 Belmont Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605

    bed 1-2
    payment Subsidized

    North, Sigourney & Providence Street Apartments

    79 North St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604

    bed 3-4
    payment Subsidized

    Webster Square Towers East & West Apartments

    1050 Main St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01603

    bed Studio-2
    payment Subsidized

    Lakeside Apartments

    52 Circuit Ave S, Worcester, Massachusetts 01603

    bed 1-3
    payment Subsidized

    Lafayette Place

    2 Lafayette St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

    bed 1
    payment Subsidized

    Booth Apartments

    1 Haven Ln, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605

    bed 1
    payment Subsidized

    Southwest Gardens Apartments

    8 Home St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

    payment Subsidized
    accessibility Accessible

    Elm Park Towers Apartments

    425 Pleasant St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

    bed 1-2
    payment Subsidized

    Curran Terrace

    201 Providence St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01607

    bed 1
    payment Subsidized

    Pleasant Towers Apartments

    275 Pleasant St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

    bed Studio-2
    payment Subsidized

    Murray Ave Apartments

    30 Wellington St and 50 Murray Ave, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610

    bed Studio-1
    payment Subsidized

    Lincoln Park Towers Apartments

    11 Lake Ave, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604

    bed Studio-1
    payment Subsidized

    Great Brook Valley Gardens Apartments

    69 Tacoma St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605

    payment Subsidized

    Addison Apartments

    Addison St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604

    bed Studio-1
    payment Subsidized

    Mill Pond Apartments

    24 May St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610

    bed 1
    payment Subsidized