Standard Public Housing Applications

To learn about and apply for public housing, visit the official website or call the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) at 617-573-1150.

See also our list of nearby housing authorities.

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

  1. Obtain an application from your local housing authority, or print a copy of the standard application. If you need help filling out the application, help is available at the WATCH Housing Clinic.
  2. If you print the application from the web, make sure that you also print and fill out these two forms:
  3. Optional: If you are applying for either type of Handicapped housing, you’ll fill out:
  4. Optional: If you are elderly or disabled and applying in Waltham, print and fill out the Application to Waltham Housing Authority for Federal Housing Assistance.
  5. Fill out the forms as completely and accurately as possible
  6. 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.
  7. 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)

  1. Make sure you are eligible by reading the “Checklist of Required Verification Document for Priority Status”
  2. Follow All Steps for the Standard Application as described above
  3. Also fill out the Universal Emergency Application for State-Aided Housing found here
  4. Or, obtain an emergency application from your local housing authority that matches the standard application that you used. Read and follow the “Emergency Application Instructions” 

To Apply for Section 8 Voucher

Go to (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.

Application for Section 8 Voucher Program

For an explanation of section 8 and how it works, go to this site

Or, check Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

: 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.