About Massachusetts Public Housing Programs

Chapter 705 Housing Program

The Falmouth Housing Authority is accepting applications for its state-aided family housing waiting lists (also known as the “705” units). Tenants who live in state-aided family housing pay 30% of their income for rent if utilities are included in the rent or 25% of their income if the tenant pays for their utilities separately. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides subsidy funds to local housing authorities to cover the costs of operating state-aided housing not provided for by these reduced tenant rents. The Falmouth Housing Authority’s 705-units feature either two (2), three (3) or four (bedrooms). While all of the 705 units are currently occupied, the waiting lists remain open to new applicants. To learn more about the Chapter 705 housing program, visit DHCD.

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Chapter 667 Housing Program

The elderly/handicapped housing program (Chapter 667) provides housing for qualified low-income elderly and handicapped persons, as defined in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 121B. Households seeking public housing assistance must apply for housing in the community in which they are interested in living. Each local housing authority (LHA) issues its own application for the housing it manages. Applications are available by calling or visiting a local housing authority or using the forms available on the DHCD website. There is no limit to the number of LHAs to which a household can apply. Tenants who live in state-aided Chapter 667 elderly/handicapped housing pay 30% of their income for rent. The department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides subsidy funds to local housing authorities to cover the costs of operating state-aided housing not provided for by reduced rents of 30% of income. To learn more about the Massachusetts Elderly and Low-Income Housing, visit DHCD

Special Needs Housing Programs

The Special Needs Housing programs (Chapters 689, 167) are designed to provide housing with specialized services for persons with mental illness, mental retardation or physical disabilities. The purpose of these programs is to provide onsite services so tenants can maintain a maximum level of independence. Most of the programs are managed living arrangements for people eligible for services of the Department of Mental Health or Department of Mental Retardation. The local housing authority (LHA) owns the building and leases it to a residential services provider, which provides necessary service staff support to assist residents. Providers are under contract with the state human services agency whose clients are served at the site. Residents are referred to the shared house by the state human services agency based on the match between the applicant's need and the services offered at the house. People with interest in residing in a shared house should contact the local area office of the Department of Mental Health or Department of Mental Retardation. LHAs do not select residents for these programs, with the exception of Ch. 689 family housing where households need wheelchair accessibility. Interested households seeking these units must apply to the local housing authority and are eligible based on income qualification and need for accessible housing. To learn more about the Massachusetts Special Needs Housing Programs, visit DHCD