Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Centralized Waiting List


Housing Authorities Only


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access my pre-application online?

The Massachusetts Centralized Section 8 Waiting List is now powered by AffordableHousing.comPlease sign in to your GoSection8 account or create an account if you do not already have one.

Note: Your username and password for will not work on GoSection8, you must have a GoSection8 account to find your existing application and manage it online.


Why don't I get my 'number' on the waiting list?

This is one waiting list that is sorted differently by each participating housing authority. Many housing authorities have a set of preferences to rank applicants; these preferences are based on the needs in the community. On the other hand, some housing authorities sort the list only by date and time of application. Because the list is sorted differently by each participating housing authority, your “number on the list” is different at each housing authority. Instead of providing you with a number, it is more realistic for a housing authority to confirm that you are active on the list and possibly give you an estimate of the wait time based on its average agency turnover. It is important to keep your information current with the housing authority and you will be notified by mail when you reach the top of the list.

I applied to several housing authorities’ Section 8 waiting lists in the past. Will I be removed from those lists if I apply to the Centralized Waiting List?

No. If your name is already on an existing list at one or more housing authorities, it will not be removed

  • you voluntarily ask to be removed.
  • you do not respond to a mailing from the housing authority.

Once I am selected by a housing authority and receive a voucher, do I have to use my voucher in that housing authority’s town?

No. If you receive a voucher in Massachusetts you can use it anywhere.

How often is the waiting list updated?

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. You will receive an update mailing if you have not updated your application within two years. The 2020 Update Letter will be mailed in February, 2020. The deadline to respond to the 2020 Update is March 15, 2020. If you do not respond to an update, your name will be removed from the Centralized Waiting List. For more information about the update go to: Waiting List Update.


Any other questions?

Please contact a participating housing authority or call 866-466-7328. More Frequently Asked Questions can be found at

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