This page describes important information about eligibility and program requirements. Make sure to read it carefully before filling out a pre-application. To request a reasonable accommodation for completing a pre-application, please contact the Housing Authority at 617-864-3020.
By submitting a pre-application, you are requesting to be placed on an open waitlist for housing assistance administered through the Cambridge Housing Authority. Confirmation that you have completed the pre-application does not guarantee that you will be placed in housing or receive a subsidy. When you are contacted for screening, a more detailed application will be required for final eligibility.
Status of Waitlists:
Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV/Section 8) (open)
Single Room Occupancy (open)
Public Housing and Former Public Housing- Family (open)
Public Housing and Former Public Housing- Elderly/Disabled (open)
Click here to access our Applicant Portal, an online platform for you to check your waitlist status and update your pre-application information. To learn more, please click here to review our Applicant Portal FAQ.
Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) Family Housing Program consists of apartment complexes (also known as developments) and individual apartments in which the subsidy is property-based (attached to the apartment, and not mobile (attached to the tenant). Within the Family Housing Program, there are different types of sub-programs, with slightly different rules, with the biggest difference being the income eligibility requirement for admission into the respective programs.
Elderly Housing Program (Public Housing and Former Public Housing)
Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) Elderly Housing Program consists of apartment complexes (also known as developments) and individual apartments in which the subsidy is property-based (attached to the apartment, and not mobile (attached to the tenant). Within the Elderly Housing Program, there are different types of sub-programs, with slightly different rules, with the biggest difference being the income eligibility requirement for admission into the respective programs.
The HCV program is made up of Tenant-Based Vouchers and Project-Based Vouchers. Under CHA’s Tenant-Based Voucher (TBV) program, eligible individuals and families are issued a “mobile” voucher. The voucher holder locates an apartment of their choice 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 CHA’s 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). Developments are grouped into different site-based waitlists. 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).
This program provides housing for individuals in congregate living (typically shared common space).
Before you begin the pre-application process, please have available your:
Social Security number (If the head of household does not have a Social Security Number, contact CHA to obtain an alternate ID number),
Names and dates of birth of all family members
Income of all family members
Paper and pen to write down your confirmation number (if you cannot print out the confirmation page)
Make sure you read the eligibility requirements and relevant waitlist information. Make sure you have correctly typed all information.
After submitting a pre-application online, if a waitlist is open, you may request to have your name added to additional waitlists by submitting a new pre-application online. Generally, you will receive a new date and time of application for the additional waitlists you have chosen.
Generally, pre-applications are processed by CHA within 30 days of confirmation. Applicants should wait 30 days from the time of submission of a pre-application to make changes.
Applicants are responsible for notifying CHA online of any information changes related to household composition, contact information, income and/or selection preferences. You can check your status and change household information on the applicant portal at https://cha.applicants4housing.com.
Click here to read CHA's Information Privacy Statement
Pre-applications can be received online anytime during the wait list period. Applicants will receive a confirmation number to acknowledge successful transmission of the pre-application. By submitting this pre-application information you are not guaranteed placement on any waitlist.
The Cambridge Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or familial status. We provide equal access to person with disabilities to our programs, services and activities.