Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Section 8 Waiting Lists in Massachusetts

As of July 8th 2020, there are 3 Section 8 waiting lists that are open now, opening soon, or always open in Massachusetts.

Section 8 Waiting Lists Open Until Further Notice

There are 3 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting Lists in Massachusetts that are either always open or that have not announced a closing date.

Waiting List Last Updated On
State of Massachusetts July 26th, 2017
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher February 28th, 2020
Cambridge, Massachusetts June 28th, 2018

There are 135 housing authorities in Massachusetts which offer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. For more on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program visit the Housing Choice Voucher section of our Low Income Housing Renter's Guide.

Closed Section 8 Waiting Lists

The following waiting lists have been confirmed to be closed in the last two years.

Waiting List Closed Date
Lowell, MA Various Section 8 HCV and Massachusetts Public Housing Waiting Lists Closed on November 16th, 2018
Mainstream Closed on November 16th, 2018
Pittsfield, Massachusetts Closed on November 9th, 2018