State-aided public housing

Preference in Tenant Selection; M.G.L. ch. 200, Acts of 1948; M.G.L. ch. 121B, s.1 and s.32; 760 CMR 7.04

Veterans applying for state-aided public housing through a local housing authority who are to be displaced by any: low-rent housing project, by a public slum clearance or urban renewal project, or who were displaced within three years prior to applying for low-rent housing, when equally in need and eligible for occupancy as other applicants, shall be given preference in tenant selection in the following order:

  • Families of disabled veterans, whose disability has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be service-connected.
  • Families of deceased veterans, whose death has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be service-connected.
  • Families of all other veterans.
  • The word “veteran” shall also include the spouse, surviving spouse, dependent parent or child of a veteran, and the divorced spouse of a veteran who is a legal guardian of a child of a veteran.

Gross income calculation

760 CMR 6.05(3)(C) and M.G.L. ch. 121B, s.32

Any amounts received by a veteran for tuition, education fees, or the cost of books, cannot be included in the calculation of the veteran’s gross income for purposes of state-aided public housing. Housing authorities are authorized to exclude disability compensation, paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to disabled veterans who are unable to be employed up to $1,800. However, it is dependent on the housing authority to allow such exclusion.

Continued occupancy

M.G.L. ch. 121B, s. 32

State-aided low-rent housing projects cannot deny continued occupancy to veterans, widows or widowers of veterans, or a Gold Star Mother who has lived there for the last eight consecutive years, provided that the unit is two bedrooms or less and the rent is not more than three months unpaid.