Continue to learn about various housing programs and be kept informed by your local PHA when you can complete a section 8 application online.
Rental assistance information according to HAP Housing:
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)
HAPHousing provides Section 8 mobile vouchers to more than 3,400 low-income families throughout Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties under a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development that uses funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, and the rent must be reasonable in comparison to rents for similar, non-assisted units in the same neighborhood or community. Rental assistance is paid directly to the landlord; the amount is determined based on the family’s income. The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the Section 8 rental assistance.
Note: Once an applicant have completed a section 8 application online, they can usually check their status from the PHA's application portal.
PLEASE NOTE: Currently all the vouchers allocated to HAPHousing are in use, and we are not issuing any new vouchers. If and when vouchers become available, we will begin selecting applicants who applied in 2002 from the waiting list. You may still apply for Section 8 housing, but you should understand that the approval process is long.
Participants in HAPHousing’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program can enroll in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), a supportive program designed to assist you in becoming financially self-sufficient. This means that you will no longer need to rely on public assistance, such as TAFDC, SSI, Unemployment, etc. FSS can help you set goals and bring direction into your life through planning, support, and encouragement.
If you are motivated to try new and exciting things, want to get off public assistance, and want to change careers or employment direction, find out more about FSS.
Click here to see stories about successful FSS program graduates. The FSS program is a different application and registration process than the section 8 application online forms.
Rental Assistance for Housing Rehabilitation
The Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program (Mod Rehab) is a HUD-funded rental assistance program that provides project-based assistance to eligible tenants living in units under contract with the program. The program was established to provide affordable housing resources and improve the housing stock by requiring that the property owner complete a specified level of building rehabilitation before entering into a Moderate Rehabilitation Housing Assistance Payments Contract for the rehabilitated units. As an incentive, owners could receive rents up to 20% higher than the HUD Fair Market Rents based on a formula that considered the debt service, amenities, management and maintenance costs, etc. With the exception of the Stewart B. McKinney Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program for Homeless Individuals (McKinney Mod rehab SRO), there has been no new allocation of Mod Rehab funding since 1989. Congress has authorized one-year renewals of expiring HAPHousing contracts in each of the years since the first expirations began in 1996. The Section 8 application online that one completes for the Mod rehab is referred to as public housing.
HAPHousing serves as the local Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC) and is an important source of information and assistance. Renters, homebuyers, homeowners and landlords can all come to HAPHousing for the latest information about housing opportunities, housing-related problems or questions, access to a wide variety of housing resources and education about their rights and responsibilities.
Our helpful counselors are available to meet with you in person or talk to you on the phone. Additionally we have a Resource Room containing helpful written materials and computers that will provide you with Internet access to apartment listings and other housing information. A section 8 application online can be completed when the waiting list is open, but this process can take years.
If you can’t find the information you need on this website, please contact HCEC directly at 413-233-1600 or 1-800-332-9667, ext. 1600. You may also email your questions to us.
Anyone in Massachusetts can call 1-800-224-5124 or go to masshousinginfo.org to connect with the Housing Consumer Education Center that serves their region.
If you are a tenant at risk of losing your home because your landlord is being foreclosed, download this helpful information sheet.
If you are a homeowner at risk of losing your home through foreclosure, click here.
If you live in Massachusetts but do not reside in Hampden or Hampshire County, you can call 1-800-224-5124 or visit masshousinginfo.org to connect with the Housing Consumer Education Center that serves your region.
Other HAPHousing Programs and Services for Tenants
HAPHousing is perhaps best known for Rental Assistance Programs, some require a section 8 application online and some do not. Some have assisted thousands of families and individuals over the past 40 years.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and other programs allow families with very low incomes to be able to rent decent, safe housing at an affordable rent.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the statewide HUD funded waiting list is long, you may apply for Section 8 assistance if you believe that you are eligible. Eligibility is primarily based on household income; you must also meet other program requirements.
Am I eligible for a Section 8 voucher?
Eligibility is based on total annual gross income and family size. Also, it is limited to U. S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. HAPHousing has income guidelines issued by HUD to determine eligible status. Click here to download income guidelines for our area. In addition, a CORI check will be conducted for you and any family members 18 or older.
What is a CORI?
A CORI is a check through the Criminal Offender Record Information system. A CORI lets HAPHousing know if there are any arrests or convictions for drug-related or violent criminal activity. Such activity may make you ineligible to participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Any drug-related or violent criminal activity in the prior three years would be questioned. An internal review would be conducted to determine eligibility.
How can I apply when I find a Section 8 application online?
To receive a voucher, you must complete the Section 8 pre-application and bring or mail it to a HAPHousing office. Incomplete, photocopied, emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. HAPHousing is not responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting by Fax or Email or lost/delayed through the mail.