Affordable Housing In Boston
Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Waiting List Openings In Boston

Emergency Housing Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

265 Low Income Apartment Communities In Boston

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House

132 Chestnut Hill Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Washington Beech Apartments

4560 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Income Based
1-4 BR

McNamara House

210 Everett St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Paris Village

191 Paris Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Parker Hill Apartments

170 Parker Hill Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Studio-2 BR

Mandela Homes

10 Hammond St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR

Chauncy House Apartments

115 Chauncy Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Studio-1 BR

Mosaic On the Riverway

80-82 Fenwood Road
Boston, Massachusetts
Income Based
2 BR

The Stearns

10 Temple Place
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Bowdoin School

45 Myrtle St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Boston, Massachusetts

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Boston, Massachusetts

Housing Authority Programs
Boston Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Boston, Massachusetts

There are 265 low income housing apartment communities offering 28,571 affordable apartments for rent in Boston, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston features 21,284 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Boston, Massachusetts

There are 6,362 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Boston.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Boston, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Boston landlords $1,300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Boston.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Boston, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,985 and $2,426.

2022 Boston, Massachusetts Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Boston, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $1,658 $1,826 $2,205 $2,726 $2,990
Boston, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range $1,492 to $1,824 $1,643 to $2,009 $1,985 to $2,426 $2,453 to $2,999 $2,691 to $3,289

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Boston, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 265
Total Low Income Apartments 28,571
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 21,284
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 65.68%
Average Renter Household Size 2.29
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $55,777 ±$1,049
Median Rent $1,320 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.45% ± 1.13pp
Total Population 650,281

Population and Household Demographics

Boston is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts with a population of 650,281. There are 256,294 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 65.68% of households in Boston are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Boston

The median gross income for households in Boston is $55,777 a year, or $4,648 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,320 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Boston, a household making less than $4,400 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.45% of households who rent are overburdened in Boston.

Area Median Income In Boston

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Boston, the AMI is calculated from all households within Suffolk County.

In Boston, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $120,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Boston

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Boston

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Boston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,200 $32,200 $36,250 $40,250 $43,500 $46,700 $49,950 $53,150
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Boston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,000 $53,700 $60,400 $67,100 $72,500 $77,850 $83,250 $88,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Boston AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$70,750 $80,850 $90,950 $101,050 $109,150 $117,250 $125,350 $133,400