Program Description

The Housing Operating Subsidy Program, funded through the annual state budget, provides for the operation of state-funded public housing. The Ch. 667 (elderly), Ch. 200 (veterans family housing), Ch. 705 (family housing), and some units from Ch. 689 (special needs housing) are included in this program.

DHCD's Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance, which administers this program, has the responsibility for regulatory and administrative oversight of all state public housing programs which address the needs of low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

How it works:

The Department approves an operating budget for the local housing authorities. Once the budget is approved, the level of spending is authorized. When income at the housing authority falls short of the approved level, DHCD provides a subsidy for the balance. Because of the number of low-income residents in some housing authority developments, rents do not generate sufficient income to cover operating expenses and an operating subsidy is required.

Who is eligible:

All local and regional housing authorities formed under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 121B.

Application process:

Subsidies are distributed on a formula basis for units constructed under Chapter 200, 667, and 705 programs. Some units from Ch. 689 are also included.

For further information:

Please call the Bureau of Housing Management at (617) 573-1150.