Section 8 General Information
Applicants can apply to the Centralized Section 8 Waiting List by requesting an application through any of the participating housing authorities or by applying online at gosection8.com/masscwl. Due to the high interest in this program, the wait time for this program is 10 or more years. For more information on the HUD Section 8 Voucher Program please visit the link: hud.gov/topics/housing_choice_voucher_program_section_8
This type of assistance allows program participants to choose a privately owned apartment, and the Public Housing Authority (PHA) pays a portion of the monthly rent to the property owner. Tenant-based vouchers may be used anywhere in the United States and its territories where there is a PHA operating a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Use of this type of assistance is restricted to specifically designated apartment complexes. The Voucher assistance must be used by the participant in a unit designated as project-based. PHAs are only allowed to utilize up to 20% of their Voucher program funding for project-based voucher assistance.
In recent times of uncertainty and turmoil, you might have asked yourself, “How can I help to make a difference in these challenging times?” Together with the Watertown Housing Authority, YOU can help enhance the quality of life for families of low-income here in the town of Watertown. The Watertown Housing Authority (WHA) provides federally-funded rental subsidy programs to families and individuals of low-income within the town of Watertown and the greater Boston area.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program at the Watertown Housing Authority is funded to assist 156 families of low income. The greatest obstacle for families who receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is locating an owner who is educated about the benefits of the program and also willing to rent to a family of low income. As a property owner in Watertown, you hold the key to improving the lives of your neighbors who may currently struggle to make ends meet. You have the ability to offer a hand-up in a society that too often looks the other way.
Interested property owners can reach out to Watertown Housing Authority and provide information about their units to be shared with Section 8 participants searching for housing. You may also list your property here: gosection8.com/ll/benefits.aspx?benefittype=landlord.
2023 – HCV SECTION 8
PAYMENT STANDARD (110% FMR)
Unit Size – All Utilities
EFFICIENCY – $2,227
1 BEDROOM – $2,417
2 BEDROOM – $2,898
3 BEDROOM – $3,527
4 BEDROOM – $3,894
5 BEDROOM – $4,478
Read our Utility Allowance Summary below:
2023– SECTION 8
Federal Income Limits
Based on Household Size
(Effective 5/15/23, Extremely Low Income)
1 person – $31,150
2 persons – $35,600
3 persons – $40,050
4 persons – $44,500
5 persons – $48,100
6 persons – $51,650
Watertown Housing Authority
55 Waverley Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
Emergency Service Number:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Monday and Friday: by appointment
Summer hours begin in late May and end in early September.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.