Renting in Massachusetts can be financially challenging for some. Low-income individuals and families who have trouble making rent can apply for an apartment in public housing or for subsidized rental assistance from the state.
The is the primary state agency that helps residents find safe and affordable housing in Massachusetts. DHCD administers low-income housing programs for , , as well as . L oversee public housing developments, manage rental housing voucher programs, and work to increase affordable housing opportunities in their designated areas.
, based on the number of people in the household. Elderly applicants must be at least 60 years old, and disabled applicants must provide as part of the application process.in Massachusetts is available to low-income , as well as the . Qualified applicants must have an annual income below
Before making a final decision, a Local Housing Authority (LHA) will . Once approved, applicants are placed on a waiting list; priority is reserved for those who become homeless through no fault of their own. Additionally, . must be filed with the . There is no limit to the number of applications an applicant may file. for qualified households varies based on monthly income and whether utilities are included in the rent.
- pay 25 to 30 percent of their income towards rent depending on what utilities are included. (At the Belchertown Housing Authority it's 27% of income.)
- pay 30 percent of their income towards rent.
Applicants that are currently homeless can apply for . They must meet the standard requirements for or public housing and submit to support the emergency application.
Source: Mass.gov, The Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts http://www.mass.gov/portal/articles/massachusetts-public-housing-rental-assistance.html