The Section 8 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.
The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List opened on January 6, 2003 in accordance with provisions contained in the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended. Ninety-Nine (99) Massachusetts housing authorities utilize this one computerized list; all applicant information entered onto this list can be accessed and updated by any and all participating housing authorities. Waiting list information is secure and accessed only by authorized housing authority staff with special login codes.
The Massachusetts Centralized Section 8 Waiting List will remain open indefinitely.
Participating Housing Authorities are accepting applications for the Centralized Waiting List at each location. Applicants need apply to only one of the participating housing authorities. (See How to Apply for preliminary application.)
The housing authorities have not been issued any additional Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers; vouchers will be issued based on turnover. For more information on the housing choice voucher program, visit the U.S. Department of HUD's web site.
*****IMPORTANT NOTICE - JUNE 28, 2019*****
DATABASE ACCESS - TRANSITION TO NEW VENDOR
The current CWL online database access will be shut-down this evening, Friday, June 28, 2019. Access to the current system will resume next week. Please do not make any changes in the old CWL system after today as they will not update in the new GoSection8 system. Access will remain for PHAs for viewing and reference only.
Starting the week of July 15th, GoSection8 will conduct an electronic outreach to current applicants on the CWL who have provided an email address on their pre-application to inform them of the switch of systems.
Please contact a participating housing authority with questions regarding your application.