Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are your hours of operation?
A. Ayer Housing Authority offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Q. How do I apply for Ayer housing?
A. Public housing applications are available at our Administrative Office located at 18 Pond Street and on the MHA website. Section 8 applications are available at our the Administrative office as well as on the MHA website.

Q. How long are the waiting lists?
A. The wait time varies in years. On the public housing side, the wait for applicants can range from six months to a year or 2 years or longer. The Section 8 waiting list is a centralized list combined with 84 housing authorities in the state of Massachusetts. At present, that list includes 150,000 people, with a wait time of between 5 and 10 years.

Q. What are the priorities?
A. Priority status is only acknowledged in our state-funded developments only. Priority status is only for an applicant who has been or is imminently faced with displacement from his/her primary residence as a result of circumstances thru no fault. Priority categories are : Homeless, displacement by natural forces Homeless, displaced by pubic action Homeless, displaced by domestic violence Homeless, displaced by foreclosure (tenant only)

Q. How much rent does the AHA charge?
A. People who live in Federal Public Housing pay 30% of their household income for rent. People who live in State Public Housing pay between 27%-30% of their household income for rent. For Section 8 subsidies, rent payment is based on 30% of your income. The voucher will pay anything above 30% of your adjusted monthly income up to an established limit.

Q. How do I report fraud and/or abuse? 
A. Report fraud and abuse by calling (978) 772-2771 during office hours. Your identity
will be kept strictly confidential.