Reading Housing Authority

Improving the quality of life for families, those with disabilities and the elderly of low income

Section 8 Leased Housing

COVID-19 Waiver Notification

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a program that subsidizes the rent of low income families, elderly and disabled through the use of federal funds.  Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.  Under the Section 8 Choice Voucher Program, a tenant may select a unit that rents for the amount determined to be comparable to other unassisted units in the area and which would result in the family paying no more that 40% of its adjusted monthly income towards the rent and utilities.

Currently, the Chelsea Housing Authority is administrating the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program on behalf of the Reading Housing Authority.

Iris Perez-Feliciano
Manager of Leased Housing
Chelsea Housing Authority
54 Locke Street
Chelsea, MA  02150

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Section 8 Housing Program Income Limits

Effective 4/1/2020

Family Size Income Limit
1 $44,800
2 $51,200
3 $57,600
4 $63,950
5 $69,100
6 $74,200
7 $79,300
8 $84,450

Section 8 Voucher Applicable Payment Standards

Effective 12/1/2019 - Family Certified Bedroom Size (or actual bedfoom size, whichever is less)

Metropolitan Area 0 BR 1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy PS 1715 1900 2311 2880 3131
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy FY 2020 FMR  
1715 1900 2311 2880 3131
Lawrence PS
970 1117 1438 1792 1948
Lawrence FY 2020 FMR 970 1117 1438 1792 1948
Lowell PS
1066 1188 1534 1912 2078
Lowell FY 2020 FMR 1066 1188 1534 1912


Allowance for Tenant-Furnished Utilities and Other Services

Click here to view the Utility Allowance Schedule effective 10/1/2019.