Boston Housing Authority processes over 10,000 new applications every year. Because there are many more applicants than housing, there is a lengthy waiting list. It is difficult to predict the time between applying and receiving a housing offer – it can sometimes take years.
BHA has no immediate housing available. The first step is to complete an application at BHA. As housing becomes available, BHA schedules personal interviews with applicants. Applicants are required to provide verification documentation at the time of the interview.
Applicants with demonstrated emergency housing needs that qualify them for a priority and/or preference could receive a housing offer sooner than applicants who do not. Learn more about Public Housing Priorities and Preferences, and Leased Housing Priorities and Preferences.
Be advised: The waiting list for the Section 8 tenant-based voucher is currently closed.