Affordable Housing In Suffolk County
Massachusetts

Waiting List Openings In Suffolk County

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351 Low Income Apartment Communities In Suffolk County

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House

132 Chestnut Hill Ave
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Accessible
62+

Washington Beech Apartments

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

Friendly Garden Co-op

235 Revere Street
Revere, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Jamaica Plain Scattered Sites

91 Minden St
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

McNamara House

210 Everett St
Boston, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Admirals Tower Co-op

150 Captains Row
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
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
$1,800-2,400
Studio-2 BR

Mandela Homes

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

Chauncy House Apartments

115 Chauncy Street
Boston, Massachusetts
$946-1,014
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Suffolk County, 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 Suffolk County, Massachusetts

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Suffolk County, Massachusetts

There are 351 low income housing apartment communities offering 33,757 affordable apartments for rent in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Suffolk County features 24,589 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 Suffolk County, Massachusetts

There are 7,985 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Suffolk County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Suffolk County, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Suffolk County landlords $1,200 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Suffolk County.

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

2022 Suffolk County, 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
Suffolk County, Massachusetts Fair Market Rent $1,658 $1,826 $2,205 $2,726 $2,990
Suffolk County, 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Suffolk County, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 351
Total Low Income Apartments 33,757
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 24,589
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 64.38%
Average Renter Household Size 2.32
Average Household Size 2.39
Median Household Income $55,044 ±$992
Median Rent $1,298 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.63% ± 1.1pp
Total Population 758,919

Population and Household Demographics

Suffolk County is a county in Massachusetts with a population of 758,919. There are 296,672 households in the county with an average household size of 2.39 persons. 64.38% of households in Suffolk County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Suffolk County

The median gross income for households in Suffolk County is $55,044 a year, or $4,587 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,298 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Suffolk County, a household making less than $4,327 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.63% of households who rent are overburdened in Suffolk County.

Area Median Income In Suffolk County

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.

In Suffolk County, 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 Suffolk County

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 Suffolk County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Suffolk County 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 Suffolk County 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 Suffolk County 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

Cities In Suffolk County

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City Served By
Boston The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Boston are the Boston Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Chelsea The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Chelsea are the Chelsea Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Jamaica Plain The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Jamaica Plain is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Mattapan
Revere The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Revere are the Revere Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Roxbury
Winthrop The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winthrop is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Winthrop Town The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Winthrop Town is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.