Federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

The Watertown Housing Authority participates in the Massachusetts NAHRO Centralized Section 8 Waiting List.

Interested 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 section8listmass.org. Due to the interest in this program, the wait time for this program is 10 or more years.

For more detailed information and FAQs about the Section 8 Centralized Waiting List, click on link here: section8listmass.org

Tenant-Based Vouchers

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.

Project-Based Vouchers

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.

Landlord Information

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.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is a Federal program funded by the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist low-income families and individuals to live in decent, safe and sanitary units.

2021 – SECTION 8

Unit Size – All Utilities

EFFICIENCY – $1,916.00

1 BEDROOM – $2,116.00

2 BEDROOM – $2,570.00

3 BEDROOM – $3,197.00

4 BEDROOM – $3,485.00

Read our Utility Allowance Summary below:

Payment Standards 2021


2018 – SECTION 8

1 person – $37,750

2 persons – $43,150

3 persons – $48,550

4 persons – $53,900

5 persons – $58,250

6 persons – $62,550

Watertown Housing Authority

55 Waverley Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-923-3950
Fax: 617-923-2466

Emergency Service Number:
617-923-3950 (24/7)

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Beginning September 9, 2020 the main office will be open to the public by appointment only. 

Maintenance Staff Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Summer Hours:

Summer hours begin in late May and end in early September.

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.