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Online Application For Public Housing Assistance

Please read all the information below before beginning the online registration process.

The Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) provides affordable housing to low-income families, senior citizens, veterans and individuals with disabilities. WHA’s two housing programs are the Leased Housing Program (Section 8) and the Public Housing Program.

  1. General Information

Housing assistance programs are made available to low-income people through federal and state funds that are used to subsidize a portion of the rent, whether they live in a WHA-owned unit or a unit in the private market.

A participant in a Rental Assistance Payment Program pays rent based on their income. Usually, but not always, their rent is about 30% of their monthly income. WHA pays the rest of the rent, providing a “subsidy”.

  1. Am I Eligible To Apply?

Please review the WHA’s eligibility criteria to determine if you are eligible to apply CLICK HERE

and also review the WHA current Federal and State preferences and priorities CLICK HERE

The WHA does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, marital status, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, ancestry or sexual orientation for access, admission, or employment in housing programs, resources or activities.

  1. What Do I Need To Apply?

Before you begin the application, please have the following information for all members listed on your application:

  • Social Security Number
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Income Information

Please make sure to have paper and pen available to write down the confirmation number, once you submit the application.

  1. Instructions – How Do I Apply?

Assistance with the Public Housing online application is available for persons with special needs by calling (508-635-3000) or visiting WHA’s main office, located at 40 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA

You may complete a Public Housing online application at any time. Answer all the questions on this website carefully and thoroughly BEFORE you click on “Submit Application,” make sure your application is complete.

Only one (1) application can be submitted to the WHA. Duplicate applications will not be accepted.

  1. What Do I Do After I Submit My Application?

Once you submit your application, it is your responsibility to ensure that all information remains current. When your online application comes to the top of the waiting list, you will be notified by e-mail or regular mail. If we are unable to contact you because of an e-mail address that is no longer valid or a letter is returned because of an invalid address, your name will be removed from the waiting list.

If you submit an application for a program that is not currently open, your application will not be received and you will be notified in writing.

  1. Apply Leased Housing (Section 8) CLICK HERE.

  1. State Emergency Applications

Please Note: The WHA is currently accepting emergency applications for State Family Public Housing and State Elderly Housing for Priorities 1 -3 only.

Priority 1 – Homeless, Displaced by Natural Forces (Fire, Flood, or Earthquake)

Priority 2 – Homeless, Displaced by Public Action Urban Renewal (displaced within the past 3 years due to public works, urban renewal, or public usage or improvement)

Priority 3 – Homeless, Displaced by Public Action Sanitary Code Violation (displaced due to a public health agency’s enforcement of local or state health codes)

Emergency Application packages can be picked up and submitted with all required documents at 40 Belmont Street Worcester, MA.

Date of birth

Available Groupings:
Select the programs you want to apply to:

Please enter your SSN twice to get started: