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State-Aided Housing

Arlington Housing Authority administers state and federally aided supported affordable housing programs for low-income family, elderly and disabled households.

State applications are available from the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities's website or from our links below. The Universal Application for State Aided MRVP, and the Application for State-Aided Public Housing can be submitted to any Local Housing Agency that administers programs funded by EOHLC. Please use the links below for the applications.

AHA State Programs

  • Family Public Housing

    Families may apply for one (1) *, two (2) and three (3) bedroom units at Menotomy Manor, our family development. There are a total of 179 units, including seven handicap/barrier free units.
    *AHA only has one Ch. 705 one-bedroom unit.

  • Elderly and Disabled Public Housing

    Applicants may apply for one (1) bedroom units for a portfolio of 520 units amongst five developments.

  • Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program

    A state-administered program which provides housing assistance to low-income families. Tenant-based mobile vouchers allow participants to find any housing unit within Massachusetts.
    *AHA currently has 8 MRVP Vouchers.

Preliminary Eligibility

  • Household income does not exceed income limit, see AMI (effective 5/15/2023) See Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
  • Applicant or household meets the definition of elderly and/or disabled (Elderly/Disabled Housing)

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Section 8

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Application

The AHA participates in the Massachusetts Section 8 Centralized Waiting List.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Centralized Waiting List is a partnership of 101 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which streamlines their application process for a Section 8 Voucher. The centralized waiting list opened on January 6, 2003 and will remain open and accept applications indefinitely.

Applicants submit one application to the centralized waiting list system, operated by, and their application is automatically added to the waiting list for all 101 participating PHAs. Each participating PHA selects participants to their Section 8 Voucher program off of the centralized waiting list in accordance with their local policy.

Preliminary Eligibility

  • To apply for a Section 8 Voucher your gross family income must be below the maximum total income limit based family size. In general, a family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area (Fair Market Rent Area) in which the family chooses to live. Income Limits.
  • Eligibility is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. Eligibility for a housing voucher is verified by a housing agency, typically when you reach the top of a waiting list.

Please visit the Section 8 Application website to access the application and find more information regarding applying for Section 8 housing.