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CHA provides rental housing and rental assistance for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities The housing programs CHA administers are the Family Public Housing Program, Elderly/Disabled Public Housing, the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program and the MTW Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 Program.

What is Family Public Housing?

Family Public Housing is housing in properties in Cambridge that are owned and managed by CHA and designated for single persons or families. There are over thirty federally-supported family properties throughout the city of Cambridge. Minimum requirements for eligibility include:

  1. Household Income does not exceed 80% Area Median Income and,
  2. The applicant or head of household must be at least 18 years old or an emancipated minor.

What is Elderly/Disabled Public Housing?

Elderly/Disabled Public Housing is housing in properties in Cambridge that are owned and managed by CHA and are designated for elders and those with disabilities. An elderly person is an individual who is at least 60 years old. A disabled person is a person with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment. Disability does not include current use or current addiction to illegal drugs. Minimum requirements for eligibility include:

  1. Household Income does not exceed 80% Area Median Income and,
  2. Applicants or household meet the definition of Elderly and/or Disabled (the applicant must be at least 58 years old, or have a disability and be at least 18 or an emancipated minor).

What is Single-Room Occupancy (SRO)?

The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program is shared housing with other SRO participants.  SRO’s are single rooms for one person with a lock and key.  In most SRO developments, tenants share kitchens and bathrooms.  Some developments offer highly independent living, while others are supervised. Minimum requirements for eligibility include:

  1. Household Income does not exceed 50% Area Median Income and,
  2. SRO tenants must be unaccompanied homeless individuals, and provide adequate evidence of their current housing situation.

What is the MTW Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (Section 8) Program?

The MTW Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly referred to as the Section 8 program, provides eligible households a housing subsidy that allows them to rent privately-owned market rate apartments. Typically, voucher holders pay 30% of their income toward their rent, and CHA pays the rest up to a cap called the payment standard. Minimum requirements for eligibility include:

  1. Household Income does not exceed 50% Area Median Income and,
  2. Applicants or household meet the definition of Family or Elderly and/or Disabled.

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