Family Housing Developments – State Aided

Chapter 705
The family housing 705 program is a state-funded program aiming to provide housing for low-income families. The Chelmsford Housing Authority has 11 three-bedroom units under this program scattered throughout Chelmsford. To apply for State Aided Family Housing please complete and submit an application form. The application can be downloaded here, or can be obtained from our office at 10 Wilson Street, Chelmsford. You can also apply online here.

Highland School, 9 John Street & 11-15 James Street, North Chelmsford

Sheila Ave Housing, 6, 11 & 15 Sheila Avenue, North Chelmsford

Mill Road Housing, 15-21 Mill Road, Chelmsford

Family Housing Developments – Federally Aided

The Elms, 105 Stow Road, Harvard, MA

The Elms is a new nine (9) unit affordable housing development located at 105 Stow Road, Harvard, MA. The nine units will be located in three buildings on a four-acre site and include a mix of six garden style one-bedroom apartments and three townhome style two-bedroom apartments.

The average size of the 1-bedroom units is 703 square feet and the 2-bedroom units is 860 square feet; both feature a kitchen, living room, and full bath. Residents of The Elms will pay for their electricity (unit electric, cooking and A/C), however, heat and hot water are included in the rent.

The affordable rents are being set based upon the 2018 Eastern Worcester County area median income (AMI) limits to households earning no more than 50% or 30% of AMI.

Household Size 30% Income Limit 50% Income Limit
One Person $27,800 $46,350
Two Person $31,800 $53,00
Three Person $35,750 $59,600
Four Person $39,700 $66,200

Tenant share of rent for the six (6) Project-Based Section 8 units will be no more than 30% of their income. The application can be downloaded here.

For the Project-based MRVP units will be no more than 50% of their income. The application can be downloaded here.

All nine units will be restricted under the HOME program rules and will have rental assistance tied to the unit.

Lynn Marcella Residences, 4 James Street, North Chelmsford

The Lynn Marcella Residences at 4 James Street is a development that was created to fill the need for permanent family housing in Chelmsford.  Through the formation of strategic partnerships, five new units of housing were developed to give families a place they can call home.

All five units are spacious two-bedroom apartments with project-based Section 8 rental assistance which restricts the rent paid by the tenants to no more than 30% of their income.