Housing & Rental Assistance Programs

Brookline Housing Authority administers several state- and federally-funded housing and rental assistance programs for income eligible families, seniors and/or disabled individuals. The BHA also partners with other government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide specialized housing to families or individuals. All BHA housing and rental assistance programs are described below.

State Public Housing

State public housing developments were built with and are maintained by funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The developments are subject to regulations monitored by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The BHA owns state public housing for families and a limited number of apartments for seniors/disabled individuals or couples.

  • Click here for info/to apply for Housing Programs for Families.

  • Click here for info/to apply for Housing Programs for Seniors/Disabled Individuals.

Federal Public Housing

Federal public housing developments were built with and are maintained by funds from the Federal Government. The developments are subject to regulations monitored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). BHA has one federal public housing site for families and six sites for seniors or disabled individuals or couples.

  • Click here for info/to apply for Housing Programs for Families.

  • Click here for info/to apply for Housing Programs for Seniors/Disabled Individuals.

Accessible Housing

The BHA has 48 apartments that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for individuals that use wheelchairs or other mobility aides. These apartments are located in both federal and state public housing sites for families, seniors and disabled individuals.

  • Click here for more info on and the locations of our Accessible Housing 

  • Click here for info/to apply for Accessible Housing Programs for Families

  • Click here for info/to apply for Accessible Housing Programs for Seniors/Disabled Individuals

Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

The BHA administers 37 project-based vouchers through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). State funded "mobile" vouchers can be used anywhere in Massachusetts, but "project-based" vouchers are only applicable to specific properties. The BHA MRVP has project-based vouchers at the Pine Street Inn, 1045 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446.

For more info on Pine Street Inn please visit: http://www.pinestreetinn.org/

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

BHA’s HCV program is made up of Tenant-Based Vouchers and Project-Based Vouchers. Under the Tenant-Based Voucher (TBV) program, eligible individuals and families are issued a “mobile” voucher. The voucher holder locates an apartment of their choice (within certain program restrictions) in the private rental market. If the tenant later decides to move, they can take the voucher with them and look for another apartment.

Under the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program, eligible individuals and families choose to live at certain PBV developments. A PBV is attached to the apartment (and is not mobile). These properties have individual site-based waiting lists. PBV tenants are eligible to request a tenant-based (mobile) voucher after living in their apartment for a specified period of time (one to two years depending on the development).

  • Click here – For info/to apply for the HCV Program

Special Needs Housing

The Special Needs Housing program was designed by the state to provide housing with specialized support services for persons with mental illness/disability or developmental disability. BHA owns the “shared home” buildings and leases them to Vinfen, a non-profit service provider. To learn more about available programs and eligibility requirements to reside in Special Needs Housing contact your local area office of the DMH or the DDS. The BHA does not select residents for these programs.

Transitional Housing Program

BHA sets aside seven apartments for homeless families as part of the DHCD-funded Transitional Housing Program (THP). Together with our partner agencies BHA provides transitional housing and extensive support services to homeless families as they work toward self-sufficiency and housing stabilization. Participant families occupy these units for a 9-12 month period while they receive counseling from social workers, connections to resources such as child care, transportation, education/employment opportunities, personal money management training, and more. The goal of the program is to help families achieve self-sufficiency and become successful renters in the future. Once the participant successfully meets their self-sufficiency goals, they may enter into a traditional lease with the BHA or they may seek permanent housing elsewhere.

Candidates for this program are referred to BHA by the Commonwealth's Department of Transitional Assistance.

  • Click here for more information about THP eligibility and the referral process. 

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