Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Centralized Waiting List


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Welcome to the
Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Centralized Waiting List

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. 

The Massachusetts Section 8 Centralized Waiting List is a partnership of 102 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which streamlines their application process for a Section 8 Voucher. The centralized waiting list opened on January 6, 2003 and will remain open and accept applications indefinitely.

Applicants submit one application to the centralized waiting list system, operated by, and their application is automatically added to the waiting list for all 102 participating PHAs. Each participating PHA selects participants to their Section 8 Voucher program off of the centralized waiting list in accordance with their local policy.

Starting on July 1, 2019 the Massachusetts Centralized Section 8 Waiting List will now be operated through the new waiting list system.


The Massachusetts Centralized Waiting List is updated and purged in order to keep applicant information current 
and to remove applicants who are no longer interested.

The update mailing was sent February 18, 2020.


Applicants that applied to the Centralized Section 8 Waiting List prior to July 1, 2019 online or through one of the 102 Participating Housing Authorities in Massachusetts, and have not updated it in more than 1 year, will receive a letter in the mail.

How to Respond:

- return the postcard via U.S. mail 
- update application online at
- download Update Response Form and mail or fax back

Click here for more details on the 2020 Update



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