Standard Public Housing Applications
(For information and links for these applications, visit http://www.mass.gov/hed/housing/ph-manage/public-housing-applications-and-documentation.html or call DHCD at (617) 573-1150)
Other resources of information about public housing in Massachusetts: http://www.massresources.org/public-housing.html (This site requires a login after a certain number of pages viewed)
How to Apply with the Standard Application for State Aided Public Housing, MRVP and AHVP
Step 1: Obtain an application from your local housing authority or download and print it (the “Universal STANDARD Application for State-Aided Public Housing…”) from here (The WATCH Tenant Clinic is also available for help with the application process).
Step 2: If you print the application from the web, also make sure that you print and fill out
Optional Step: If you are applying for either type of Handicapped housing, you’ll fill out:
These are located on the same webpage under Standard Application for Public Housing.
Optional Step: If you are elderly or disabled and applying in Waltham, print and fill out the Application to Waltham Housing Authority for Federal Housing Assistance.
Step 3: Fill out the forms as completely and accurately as possible
Step 4: Include a COPY of your proof of residency and a COPY of your relevant financial information (a bank statement for example)
Step 5: If you are using an application from a housing authority, mail it to that housing authority. If you are using a universal application, you can send it to more than one housing authority. Keeping a copy for your records is recommended.
Emergency Housing Applications
How to Apply For Emergency State-Aided Public Housing
(If you are in a situation that you feel warrants Emergency Housing, please seek out help from WATCH or another advocacy organization for further assistance)
Step 1: Make sure you are eligible by reading the “Checklist of Required Verification Document for Priority Status”
Step 2: Follow All Steps for the Standard Application as described above
Step 3: Also fill out the Universal Emergency Application for State-Aided Housing found here
Or obtain an emergency application from your local housing authority that matches the standard application that you used.
Step 4: Read and follow the “Emergency Application Instructions”
To Apply for Section 8 Voucher
Go to http://section8listmass.org/How_to_Apply.php (there is the option to apply online or on paper). If you apply on paper, print out the pre-application, fill it out, and mail it to your town’s housing authority.
For an explanation of section 8 and how it works, go to this site