Worcester Housing Authority

Eligibility

Public housing is a subsidized housing program established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.  The Worcester Housing Authority manages close to 3,000 units of federal and state subsidized public housing units.

Eligibility and Suitability/Public Housing

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals.  The Worcester Housing Authority ensures that every applicant to its public housing programs meet specific eligibility criteria.  To be eligible for the public housing programs administered by the WHA, the applicant must at a minimum:

  • Have at least one household member that is either a citizen of the United States or has eligible immigration status.
  • Have an income level at or below the specified limits to receive subsidized housing assistance.

Maximum Household Income Federal Public Housing Programs

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8+ Person

$46,000

$52,600

$59,150

$65,700

$71,000

$76,250

$81,500

$86,750

 Maximum Household Income State Public Housing Programs 

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8+ Person

$46,000

$52,600

$59,150

$65,700

$71,000

$76,250

$81,500

$86,750

Other eligibility criteria are program specific and will be reviewed and discussed with each applicant family during the initial stages of the application screening process. 
 
In addition to program eligibility factors, each applicant must meet WHA suitability criteria.  Although an applicant may be eligible for housing assistance, they may not be deemed suitable.  In determining suitability, the WHA contacts former landlords and takes into consideration an applicant’s past history of meeting:   

  • Financial obligations, especially rent
  • Disturbing the neighbors
  • Destroying property
  • Living and housekeeping habits which could adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of other tenants
  • Criminal activity         

Once an applicant is determined eligible and suitable for WHA's housing programs and they reach the top of the program waiting list a unit offer is made to the applicant.

Eligibility/Leased Housing

The Worcester Housing Authority serves more than 3,0000 families by providing vouchers that pay a portion of the rent with qualified private property owners. Commonly referred to as the Section 8 program, the residents “suitability” is determined by the private property owner. Eligibility requirements are very similar to our public housing program.

Income limit for Section 8 and Mass Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) in Worcester

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8+ Person

$29,150

$33,300

$37,450

$41,600

$44,950

$48,300

$51,600

$54,950


Income limit for Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP)

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8+ Person

$46,600

$52,600

$59,150

$65,700

$71,000

$76,250

$81,500

$86,750


For more information, visit our Admissions Office located at 40 Belmont Street or call us at 508-635-3300

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