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Section - 8 Housing Choice Vouchers


Brookline Housing Authority

90 Longwood Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446
Tel: 617-277-2022    Fax: 617-277-1462    TTD: 1-800-545-1833, Ext. 213






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What is the Section 8 HCV Program?

The Section 8 HCV Program is a Federally funded, subsidized- rental program that allows recipients of a voucher to rent safe and sanitary housing in the private sector. The voucher holder pays part of the rent, which is determined by the household's monthly adjusted gross income, the rent payment standard for the area, and the apartment's rent. The tenant is not allowed to pay more than 40% of the household's adjusted gross income towards the rent and utilities on an initial lease-up, but must pay at least 30% of the household's adjusted gross income. The Brookline Housing Authority administers the voucher and, with funds received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), pays the remainder of the rent amount directly to the landlord. The HCV recipient may use the voucher to find a unit in any part of the United States and Puerto Rico.


For a more detailed explanation HCV program, please visit

Who is Eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher?

A person or family with gross income [including income from assets] no greater than the following for Fiscal Year 2018 [these income limits are adjusted annually]:

HCV Program Gross Household Income Limits By Household Size:

      1  person

      2  person

      3  person

      4  person

      5  person

      6  person

      7  person

      8  person









Besides the above income limits, the BHA does credit report, landlord history and Nationwide CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) checks on applicant and family members 14 years and older whose application is approaching the top the waiting list.

How to Apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

Brookline Housing Authority is one of a growing list of Massachusetts' housing authorities who have joined Massachusetts' Centralized Waiting List. When one of the over 91 public housing authorities who belong to the Centralized Waiting List has Housing Choice Vouchers available, that community draws its own applications from the Centralized Waiting List (remember that HCVs are mobile so that a voucher received in one community may be used to find housing in another). For more information about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List and to learn which Authorities are or are not participants, go to the Centralized Waiting List.


You may download a copy of a preliminary application for the centralized waiting list by clicking here or by going to (You must have Adobe Reader on your computer in order to download this and other forms from the BHA website. You may download this free software by going to or clicking You may also have an application sent or faxed to you by calling the Brookline Housing Authority at 617-277-1885 or writing to us at

90 Longwood Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446.


Completed Section 8 preliminary applications may be mailed, faxed or emailed with signature,  or brought to Brookline Housing Authority or any housing authority that participates in the Centralized Waiting List.


Incomplete Section 8 preliminary applications will be returned to you.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

We do not have an active program at this time.


Fraud and Abuse of Program

The vast majority of residents on our subsidized programs follow DHCD or HUD rules and regulations. A few, as happens in every aspect of life, choose to take advantage of our programs and commit fraud.


The BHA vigorously investigates fraud and aggressively prosecutes the perpetrators. When fraud is discovered, housing assistance may be terminated, restitution will be sought and, in some cases, information is handed over to the appropriate authorities for possible criminal prosecution.


We advise that residents who have or are committing fraud or know of someone that may be in violation of the program's regulations to contact their manager or program representative so that a less drastic resolution than loss of residency/subsidy and prosecution may be considered.