Reading Housing Authority

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

Section 8 Leased Housing

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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Centralized Waiting List Pre-Application

Apply for Section 8You can fill out the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List Pre-Application form by using the link below or online at

Click here to access the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List Pre-Application form and instructions (PDF).

Section 8 Housing Program Income Limits

Effective 4/1/2018 - Adopted by the RHA Board on 6/11/2018

Family Size Income Limit
1 $37,750
2 $43,150
3 $48,550
4 $53,900
5 $58,250
6 $62,550
7 $66,850
8 $71,150

Section 8 Voucher Applicable Payment Standards

Effective 11/1/2017 - 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 FY 2018 HUD FMR 1253 1421 1740 2182 2370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy RHA PS 1253 1421 1740 2182 2370
Amesbury, Arlington, Beverly, Boston, Burlington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, North Reading, Peabody, Quincy, Reading, Roxbury, Salem, Salisbury, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Wilmington, Woburn
Lawrence FY 2018 HUD FMR 815 929 1187 1488 1619
Lawrence RHA PS 896 1021 1305 1636 1780
Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Metburn, North Andover
Lowell FY 2018 HUD FMR 955 1098 1392 1745 1896
Lowell RHA PS 955 1098 1392 1745 1896
Lowell, Tewskbury

Allowance for Tenant-Furnished Utilities and Other Services

Click here to view the Utility Allowance Schedule effective 10/1/2017.