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Preferences / Priorities

A waiting list with preferences and/or priorities gives applicants of certain demographics (such as elderly, disabled and homeless) priority placement to receive housing assistance. Applicants who do not qualify for the listed preferences will have a longer wait to receive assistance than those who do qualify.

The head of household, co-head, or spouse must qualify for a preference for it to be applied; and official documentation must be submitted to prove the household qualifies for the preference.

All of our applicant families are in need of decent, safe and affordable housing; many families are homeless, about to be homeless or are living in conditions that could possibly jeopardize their health and well-being.

All applicants are initially placed on our waiting lists in the order in which they are received. Combined preferences outweigh individual preferences. In order to be considered for priority placement on any WHA state public housing waiting list, the applicant must submit documentation to support their priority request. Additionally, the applicant must submit a Housing Search form, which is included in the state public housing application package that substantiates the applicants search for alternative housing opportunities.

The WHA will select applicants off of its state public housing waiting lists using the following priorities which are listed below in the order of selection. To view all WHA preferences and priorities, please click below.

Federal Public & Leased Housing Admissions Preferences
PDF [July 8, 2022]

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Preferences
PDF [July 8, 2022]

State Public Housing Admissions Preferences
PDF [January 9, 2018]


Worcester Housing Authority
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Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 508-635-3000
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