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Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP)

The Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) provides rental vouchers to disabled applicants who are not elderly and who have been determined eligible for Chapter 667 (elderly and disabled) housing.

Program Guidelines and Instructions

Established in 1995, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) provides vouchers for rental assistance to non-elderly handicapped persons of low-income who have been determined eligible and qualified for c. 667 elderly/handicapped housing.

AHVP is administered locally by participating local administering agencies, either a local housing authority or a regional administering agency. 

DHCD's Bureau of Rental Assistance has responsibility for regulatory and administrative oversight of this program.

How it Works:

  • A program participant will pay rent in an amount equal to either 25% or 30% of the household’s monthly net income to the landlord. 
  • The percentage charged depends on whether utilities are included or not included in the rent. 
  • The local administering agency will provide rental assistance payments to the landlord on behalf of the program participant for the remainder of the monthly rental amount.


Who is Eligible:

  • Applicants who are non-elderly (less than 60 years age), with a disability, of low-income, and who are eligible and qualified for the c. 667 elderly/handicapped housing program.


Application Process:

  • Applicants can apply by directly contacting any of the 24 issuing administering agencies that have received an allocation of AHVP vouchers. See Notices and Documents section below.
  • Applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Once an application reaches the top of the waiting list, the applicant will be determined if eligible and given a briefing on all aspects of the program. 
  • During the briefing, the eligible applicant will receive an AHVP Voucher which provides 120 days for the applicant to locate appropriate housing. 
  • The AHVP voucher is valid in Massachusetts only.

Notices and Documents

AHVP Fact Sheet

AHVP Issuing Administering Agencies

AHVP Application (English)

AHVP Application (Haitian Creole) - Aplikasyon pou Lojman Altènatif Pwogram Bon Lojman

AHVP Application (Khmer) - ពាក្យសុំសំរាប់ កម្មវិធី សក្ខីប័ត្រទីលំនៅដទៃទៀត

AHVP Application (Portuguese) - Formulário para o AHVP

AHVP Application (Russian) - Заявление на Альтернативное жилье Программы Ваучеров

AHVP Application (Spanish) - Solicitud para el Programa de Vales para Viviendas Alternativas

AHVP Application (Vietnamese) - Đơn xin AHVP

Notice to All Applicants - Reasonable Accommodations

AHVP Income Limits

AHVP Application Program Notice 2019-1

For Further Information:

For questions regarding your application or participation, please directly contact the Administering Agency where you applied or that is administering your voucher.

For General questions, please contact the Bureau of State Rental Assistance for more information at (617) 573-1150.

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