Affordable Housing In New Bedford
Bristol County, Massachusetts

45 Low Income Apartment Communities In New Bedford

Mechanics Square Partnership

39 N 6th St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Bayberry Housing

153 Oakdale St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Center for Health and Human Services

101 Nye St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Bay Village

16 Mosher St
New Bedford, Massachusetts


220 Lindsey St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Shawmut Village

37 Cherokee Ct
New Bedford, Massachusetts


18 Walker St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Satellite Village

1 Gemini Dr
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Duncan Dottin Place

104 Dawson St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Scattered Site Development

4 Alec St
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in New Bedford, 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 New Bedford, Massachusetts

Housing Authority Programs
New Bedford 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 New Bedford, Massachusetts

There are 45 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,881 affordable apartments for rent in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford features 3,041 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 New Bedford, Massachusetts

There are 840 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in New Bedford.

Housing Choice Vouchers in New Bedford, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay New Bedford landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in New Bedford.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in New Bedford, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,003 and $1,225.

2022 New Bedford, 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
New Bedford, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $809 $903 $1,114 $1,377 $1,511
New Bedford, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range $728 to $890 $813 to $993 $1,003 to $1,225 $1,239 to $1,515 $1,360 to $1,662

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

New Bedford, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 45
Total Low Income Apartments 3,881
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,041
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.98%
Average Renter Household Size 2.26
Average Household Size 2.37
Median Household Income $37,574 ±$1,171
Median Rent $771 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.01% ± 2.61pp
Total Population 94,909

Population and Household Demographics

New Bedford is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts with a population of 94,909. There are 39,141 households in the city with an average household size of 2.37 persons. 57.98% of households in New Bedford are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in New Bedford

The median gross income for households in New Bedford is $37,574 a year, or $3,131 a month. The median rent for the city is $771 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In New Bedford, a household making less than $2,570 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.01% of households who rent are overburdened in New Bedford.

Area Median Income In New Bedford

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 New Bedford, the AMI is calculated from all households within Bristol County.

In New Bedford, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $89,300

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 New Bedford

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 New Bedford

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the New Bedford AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,800 $22,600 $25,450 $28,250 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the New Bedford AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$32,950 $37,650 $42,350 $47,050 $50,850 $54,600 $58,350 $62,150
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the New Bedford AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$52,750 $60,250 $67,800 $75,300 $81,350 $87,350 $93,400 $99,400