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, and who are eligible and qualified for the c. 667 elderly/handicapped housing program.
- Applicants can apply by directly contacting any of the 24 issuing administering agencies - AHVP Issuing Administering Agencies - that have received an allocation of AHVP vouchers.
- Eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
- Once an application reaches the top of the waiting list, the applicant will be given a briefing on all aspects of the program.
- During the briefing, the 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.
AHVP Admin Fee (notice posted 2014)
For further information:
Please contact the Bureau of State Rental Assistance for more information at (617) 573-1150.