Affordable Housing In Worcester County
Massachusetts

Waiting List Openings In Worcester County

Emergency Housing Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

181 Low Income Apartment Communities In Worcester County

Autumn Ridge

452 Main St
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized

Ashley Court

27 S School St
Ashburnham, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1 BR

Bowers Brook Apartments

196 Ayer Rd
Harvard, Massachusetts
Income Based
1-2 BR
55+

The Lofts at 30 Pine

30 Pine Street
Gardner, Massachusetts
$780-1,291
1-3 BR

Tri Landing Apartments

37 Youngs Rd
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Income Based
1-3 BR

Silver Leaf Terrace

30 Terrace Dr
Leominster, Massachusetts
$964-1,137
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Hotel Raymond Apartments

35 Day St
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Canterbury Towers

6 Wachusett Street
Worcester, Massachusetts
$987-1,461
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized

Watermill Apartments

142 Water Street
Leominster, Massachusetts
Income Based-640
1-4 BR

Whitney Carriage Park

124 Water Street
Leominster, Massachusetts
$900-1,395
1-3 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Worcester County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Worcester County, Massachusetts

There are 181 low income housing apartment communities offering 15,085 affordable apartments for rent in Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Income Based Apartments in Worcester County, Massachusetts

Worcester County features 12,238 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 Worcester County, Massachusetts

There are 2,465 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Worcester County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Worcester County, Massachusetts

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Worcester County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Worcester County.

2021 Worcester County, Massachusetts Fair Market Rents

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

Town/Area Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Ashburnham town $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Athol town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Auburn town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Barre town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Berlin town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Blackstone town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Bolton town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Boylston town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Brookfield town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Charlton town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Clinton town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Douglas town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Dudley town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
East Brookfield town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Fitchburg city $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Gardner city $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Grafton town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Hardwick town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Harvard town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Holden town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Hopedale town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Hubbardston town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Lancaster town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Leicester town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Leominster city $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Lunenburg town $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Mendon town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Milford town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Millbury town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Millville town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
New Braintree town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Northborough town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Northbridge town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
North Brookfield town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Oakham town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Oxford town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Paxton town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Petersham town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Phillipston town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Princeton town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Royalston town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Rutland town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Shrewsbury town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Southborough town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Southbridge Town city $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Spencer town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Sterling town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Sturbridge town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Sutton town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Templeton town $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Upton town $866 $961 $1,266 $1,575 $1,993
Uxbridge town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Warren town $736 $741 $976 $1,319 $1,324
Webster town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Westborough town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
West Boylston town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
West Brookfield town $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966
Westminster town $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Winchendon town $807 $812 $1,070 $1,346 $1,569
Worcester city $1,063 $1,134 $1,450 $1,804 $1,966

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Worcester County, MA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 181
Total Low Income Apartments 15,085
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,238
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.27%
Average Renter Household Size 2.29
Average Household Size 2.60
Median Household Income $65,313 ±$682
Median Rent $934 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.57% ± 1.15pp
Total Population 810,935

Population and Household Demographics

Worcester County is a county in Massachusetts with a population of 810,935. There are 301,176 households in the county with an average household size of 2.60 persons. 35.27% of households in Worcester County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Worcester County

The median gross income for households in Worcester County is $65,313 a year, or $5,443 a month. The median rent for the county is $934 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Worcester County, a household making less than $3,113 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.57% of households who rent are overburdened in Worcester County.

Area Median Income In Worcester 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 Worcester County, 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 Worcester 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 Worcester County

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Worcester County 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 Worcester County 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 Worcester County 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

Cities In Worcester County

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City Served By
Ashburnham The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ashburnham is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Athol The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Athol are the Athol Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Auburn The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Auburn are the Auburn Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Baldwinville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Baldwinville is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Barre The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Barre is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Berlin The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Berlin is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Blackstone The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Blackstone is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Bolton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bolton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Boylston The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Boylston is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Brookfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Brookfield is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Charlton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Charlton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Clinton The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Clinton are the Clinton Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Cordaville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cordaville is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Douglas The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Douglas is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Dudley The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dudley is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
East Brookfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves East Brookfield is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
East Douglas The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves East Douglas is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Fiskdale The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fiskdale is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Fitchburg The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Fitchburg are the Fitchburg Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Gardner The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Gardner are the Gardner Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Grafton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grafton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Hardwick The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hardwick is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Harvard The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Harvard is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Holden The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Holden are the Holden Housing Authority and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Hopedale The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hopedale is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Hubbardston The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hubbardston is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Lancaster The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lancaster is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Leicester The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Leicester is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Leominster The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Leominster are the Leominster Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Lunenburg The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lunenburg is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Mendon The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mendon is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Milford The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Milford are the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List and Milford Housing Authority.
Millbury The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millbury is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Millville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millville is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
New Braintree The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Braintree is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
North Brookfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Brookfield is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Northborough The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Northborough is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Northbridge The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Northbridge is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Oakham The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakham is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Oxford The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Oxford are the Oxford Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Paxton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Paxton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Petersham The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Petersham is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Phillipston The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Phillipston is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Princeton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Princeton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Royalston The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Royalston is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Rutland The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rutland is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Shrewsbury The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Shrewsbury are the Shrewsbury Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
South Ashburnham The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Ashburnham is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
South Lancaster The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Lancaster is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Southborough The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Southborough is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Southbridge The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Southbridge are the Southbridge Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Southbridge Town The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Southbridge Town is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Spencer The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Spencer is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Sterling The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sterling is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Sturbridge The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sturbridge is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Sutton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sutton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Templeton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Templeton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Upton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Upton is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Uxbridge The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Uxbridge is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Warren The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Warren are the Warren Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Webster The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Webster are the Webster Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
West Boylston The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Boylston is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
West Brookfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Brookfield is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Westboro The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westboro is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Westborough The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westborough is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Westminster The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westminster is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Whitinsville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Whitinsville is the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Winchendon The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Winchendon are the Winchendon Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.
Worcester The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Worcester are the Worcester Housing Authority, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List.