Eligibility – Section 8
Applicants for Section 8 must be at, or below, a certain income level. The income limits are 50% of AMI(adjusted monthly gross income) for the area and are set by HUD and reviewed annually. Current income limits, effective April 1st, 2020 for our local areas are:
|Family Size||Income Limit: Chelmsford, Lowell||Income Limit: Littleton, Carlisle|
Applicants must also be of eligible citizenship status – either U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or have eligible citizenship status.
Section 8 Application – Tenant-based
The majority of Chelmsford Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers are portable tenant-based vouchers. These are vouchers may be used anywhere in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Chelmsford Housing Authority uses the Massachusetts Section 8 Centralized Waiting List. This waiting list is used by over 90 housing authorities in Massachusetts, and is administered by the Massachusetts chapter of NAHRO.
To apply for Section 8, visit the website at: www.gosection8.com/masscwl
Section 8 Application – Project-based
The Chelmsford Housing Authority also has a number project-based vouchers. These vouchers are allocated to a project unit, not to the tenant. When the tenant vacates one of these units, he or she does not take assistance with them – the voucher stays with the unit.
Each of these projects does have different criteria for eligibility provided in each of the following applications:
|Elderly Housing 62+|
|Chelmsford Woods||Family Housing: 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units|
|Chelmsford Veterans||Individual Housing with Veteran’s preference: Furnished studio units|
|Westford Veterans||Family Housing with Veteran’s preference; 1- and 2-bedroom units|
|Harvard Elms||Family Housing: 1- and 2-bedroom units|
|235 Littleton Road||1-bedroom units: 2-person maximum occupancy|
Eligibility – MRVP
Applicants for MRVP must be at, or below, a certain income level. The income limits for this program are 80% of AMI (adjusted monthly gross income) for the area and are reviewed annually. Current income limits, effective April 1st, 2018, for the Chelmsford area are:
|Family Size||Income Limit|
This program is fully leased and the waiting list for a MRVP voucher is currently closed.
When it does re-open it will be posted on this website and also advertised in the local papers.