Affordable Housing In Southbridge
Worcester County, Massachusetts

Waiting List Openings In Southbridge

Emergency Housing Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Southbridge

Lebanon Hill Housing

1 Therese Ave
Southbridge, Massachusetts

Brookside Terrace

11 Village Dr
Southbridge, Massachusetts

Forty West Street

40 West St
Southbridge, Massachusetts
Disabled Supportive Housing
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Southbridge, 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 Southbridge, Massachusetts

Housing Authority Programs
Southbridge Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work
Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Southbridge, Massachusetts

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 291 affordable apartments for rent in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in Southbridge, Massachusetts

Southbridge features 291 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 Southbridge, Massachusetts

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Southbridge.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Southbridge, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Southbridge landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Southbridge.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Southbridge, Massachusetts for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,342 and $1,640.

2022 Southbridge, 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
Southbridge, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $1,103 $1,162 $1,491 $1,843 $2,022
Southbridge, Massachusetts Payment Standard Range $993 to $1,213 $1,046 to $1,278 $1,342 to $1,640 $1,659 to $2,027 $1,820 to $2,224

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Southbridge, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 291
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 291
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 55.92%
Average Renter Household Size 2.32
Average Household Size 2.45
Median Household Income $43,870 ±$3,934
Median Rent $848 ±$21
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.76% ± 5.27pp
Total Population 16,802

Population and Household Demographics

Southbridge is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts with a population of 16,802. There are 6,762 households in the city with an average household size of 2.45 persons. 55.92% of households in Southbridge are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Southbridge

The median gross income for households in Southbridge is $43,870 a year, or $3,656 a month. The median rent for the city is $848 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Southbridge, a household making less than $2,827 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.76% of households who rent are overburdened in Southbridge.

Area Median Income In Southbridge

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 Southbridge, the AMI is calculated from all households within Worcester County.

In Southbridge, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,700

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 Southbridge

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 Southbridge

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Southbridge AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,850 $21,550 $24,250 $26,900 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Southbridge AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$31,400 $35,850 $40,350 $44,800 $48,400 $52,000 $55,600 $59,150
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Southbridge AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$50,200 $57,400 $64,550 $71,700 $77,450 $83,200 $88,950 $94,650