Federal Family Public Housing
The Brookline Housing Authority manages a total of 436 housing units dedicated for families. These units are spread across state and federal public housing developments. The state public housing program includes 360 units. The federal public housing program includes only 76 units.
This page outlines the eligibility requirements, application process, and available properties for our Federal Family Public Housing Program. Click the Apply tab above to view other programs and housing options.
COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing health crisis, hand delivery of any applications will not be accepted. Documents can be emailed (email@example.com) or faxed to the BHA. Documents can also be scanned and emailed using a
Federal Eligibility Requirements
Household Income Requirements: Applicant income (including income from assets) cannot be greater than the “Low Income” column for each household size shown below. These income limits are adjusted annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Median Family Income Limits below are effective as of April 1, 2020.
The BHA also checks the following for all applicant household members:
Credit report (18+)
Landlord history (18+)
Criminal history (14+ and any Personal Care Assistant)
How to Apply
The federal family waiting list is currently open for 4 and 5 bedroom units. The waiting list for units with 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms is currently closed. The waiting list for family wheelchair accessible units of 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms is currently open. To apply, click here to download a federal application.
Federal Family Properties
Completed preliminary applications may be mailed, faxed or emailed with signature, or brought to the main office at 90 Longwood Avenue. Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, hand deliveries of applications will not be accepted until further notice.
You will receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of your application in approximately 30 days. The receipt will have a Control Number and the approximate time of your wait.