WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The state has recently made available funding for a limited amount of new Massachusetts Rental Program (MRVP) mobile vouchers. MRVP mobile vouchers provide rental assistance to low-income families and individuals who lease privately-owned apartments. A household pays at least 30 percent, but not more than 40 percent, of its income as rent plus any tenant-paid utilities. Housing agencies must first establish a waiting list from which applicants, who apply and are randomly assigned to the waiting list, will be selected to be screened for eligibility.
Six of the regional housing agencies will be accepting MRVP applications from Monday, October 6, 2014 to Monday, November 3, 2014. All applications must be received or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED VIA U.S. MAIL OR BY HAND DELIVERY TO EACH OFFICE. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY FAX OR EMAIL.
Applicants are encouraged to use the printable PDF application document below. The applicant simply types in the required information and prints, signs, and submits to the appropriate agency. Applications must be complete to be processed and entered into the lottery.
Applicants who are homeless may be eligible for a priority. The emergency application provides details on the definition of homeless priority, as well as the required documentation that must be submitted at the time of application in order to be considered for an emergency priority. Failure to provide a completed emergency application, with the required documentation, will result in the applicant being placed on the standard waiting list only.
Eligibility for MRVP includes an income limit set at 50 percent of area median income as well as criminal background screening for all household members, an asset test (assets cannot exceed 1.5 gross household income or $15,000, whichever is greater) and documentation for all household members related to identification, income and assets.
For all reasonable accommodation requests including sign language interpreters, or the need for an interpretation or translations in a language other than English, please contact the respective agency.
To apply, fill out the Universal STANDARD Application for State-Aided Public Housing, MRVP, & AHVP (link is external).
Homeless Applicants, use the Universal Emergency Application for State-Aided Housing (link is external).
Provide completed applications, either in person or by mail, to the appropriate regional agency. Please see each agency websites for specific income limits and additional information related to submitting applications.
Community Teamwork, Inc.
155 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852 www.commteam.org (link is external)
Housing Assistance Corp.
460 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 www.haconcapecod.org (link is external)
322 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01105 www.haphousing.org (link is external)
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
125 Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111 www.mbhp.org (link is external)
RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street
Worcester, MA 01604 http://www.smoc.org (link is external)
South Middlesex Opportunity Council
7 Bishop Street
Framingham, MA 01702 www.smoc.org (link is external)
Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. on November 3, 2014.
All timely applications will be entered into a lottery to determine waiting list placement. Application date will not affect placement on the waiting list.