The Walpole Housing Authority (WHA) administers programs for Federal and State-aided housing. Federal housing assistance is available through the Housing Choice Voucher Program (“Section 8”) while Commonwealth of Massachusetts programs assist Elderly/Young Disabled and low income Families.
State Chapter 667 – Elderly & Under-aged Disabled
State-funded public housing for seniors and people with disabilities is open to households where one member of the household is at least 60 years of age or has a disability and meets certain income guidelines. The Walpole Housing Authority manages 118 Elderly and Under-Aged Disabled units at two complexes consisting of only one-bedroom units..
State Chapter 705 – Family
This housing is open to people of all ages, including single people, people with disabilities, and families. The Walpole Housing Authority manages 12 family townhouse units in a single complex.
To apply for state-aided public housing, you must use the Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Public Housing (CHAMP). You can apply using CHAMP either online at the CHAMP website, or in person by completing a printed paper application. Both the online and paper applications are available in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
You may apply online or fill out a paper application (see links below). For a full description of the program and instructions please visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/how-to-apply-for-public-housing
The Housing Choice Vouchers Program (often referred to as “Section 8”) is the federal government’s primary program to provide housing for Americans who are living in poverty, as well as the elderly and disabled. It provides qualifying families with assistance in paying the monthly rental fee for homes and apartments that are located anywhere, not just in subsidized housing properties. In every major market in the country it is administered locally by municipal public housing agencies, which certify the tenants and residences for participation in the program.
Information about the Housing Choice Vouchers Program, including eligibility requirements for both tenants and landlords’ residences, can be found from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at www.hud.gov