Standard Public Housing Applications
For information and links for these applications: http://www.mass.gov/hed/housing/ph-manage/public-housing-applications-and-documentation.html or call DHCD at (617) 573-1150)
How to Apply with the Standard Application for State Aided Public Housing, MRVP and AHVP
*Note to Waltham Residents: the Waltham Housing Authority does NOT accept applications for 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
- “Applicant’s Declaration of Residency and Authorization to Release Information” form
- “Fair Information Act- Statement of Rights” form
These are located towards the bottom of the webpage under Additional Documents (if you went to a housing authority office, the application would already contain these).
Optional Step: If you are applying for either type of Handicapped housing, you’ll fill out:
- “Request for Reasonable Accomodations/ Modifications” form
- “Verification of Handicapped Status for State-Aided Elderly/ Handicapped Housing” form or the “Verification of Disability Form For Reasonable Accommodations/ Modifications” form
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: If possible, include THREE proofs of residency (documents showing your mailing address, such as a lease, paystub, utility bill or medical bill) and proof of your income and a recent bank statement. If you do not include these with your application, then the Housing Authority will ask you for them later.
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
Note: In order to apply for federal public housing and section 8 vouchers, the primary person on the application needs to have a social security number or an alien registration number. This is not a requirement for applications for state funded housing.