Apply for public housing

There are different types of public housing available for families, elderly persons, and those with disabilities. Supportive housing with assisted living services may also be available.

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What you need for Apply for public housing

  • To be eligible to live in state public housing a household must typically earn no more than 80 percent of the area median income.
  • Income guidelines vary from year to year and region to region.
  • Ask the housing authority you are applying to what the income guidelines are in its region or visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website at
  • To live in state assisted elderly public housing, you must be at least 60 years old. If you are a person with a disability, you must meet certain criteria to be eligible for state or federal housing for disabled persons

How to apply Apply for public housing

Online applications are not yet available. Applications can be accessed and printed here and returned to your local housing authority in person or by mail.

  • Call or visit¬†one of the 250 Local Housing Authorities in Massachusetts.¬† Locate a Local Housing Authority
  • You must put your name on a waiting list that is kept by the local housing authority.
  • Applicants may put their name on more than one waiting list if they qualify for more than one program.
  • Waiting lists for public housing tend to be long.
  • When your name comes to the top of the list, the housing authority will contact you.
  • Be sure to notify a housing authority if you change your address while you are waiting for a public housing unit.

More info about Apply for public housing

Some applications may receive priority in public housing placements:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety)
  • There are also preferences for veterans and local residents.
  • For more details, consult a local housing authority.

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Main Office
100 Cambridge St, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114

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