How To Apply

The Lowell Housing Authority administers a variety of affordable housing programs through the Office of Public Housing and the Division of Leased Housing Programs. Each of the programs are designed to provide you with housing choice subject to eligibility criteria, and availability. Learn more about your affordable housing options below before applying. If you still have questions regarding affordable housing options or eligibility criteria, we are here to assist you.

Applications are accepted at our Office of Public Housing located at:

89 Appleton Street, Lowell, MA 01852 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

You may also download our federal application here and mail or hand-deliver to 89 Appleton Street.


For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Housing at 978-364-5361.

The Lowell Housing Authority now offers the convenience of online applications.

Simply click below to get started!



The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) is a state-administered, federal program under HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides housing assistance to low-income families by offering both tenant-based and project-based rental subsidies. Tenant-based mobile vouchers which allow participants to find any housing unit within Massachusetts to utilize their voucher.  The amount of rent is determined by the tenant’s income, the size of the household, and geography. Participants in the MRVP program pay the difference between the value of the voucher and the full rent charged by the landlord. Project-based vouchers are assigned to a specific housing unit overseen by the LHA. Project-based participants pay 40% of their gross adjusted income.

Please read the following information carefully before applying as eligibility for each program will vary.  Familiarizing yourself with the criteria for this program will assist you in completing an accurate application.

MRVP Occupancy Standards

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) establishes reasonable occupancy standards for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. The following are the occupancy standards for the program.

UNIT SIZE (minimum #) PPL IN HOUSE (minimum #) PPL IN HOUSE (maximum #)
0 Bedroom 1 2
1 Bedroom 1 2
2 Bedroom 2 4
3 Bedroom 3 6
4 Bedroom 4 8

MRVP Income Limits

DHCD is required by law to set income limits that determine the eligibility of applicants for DHCD administered housing programs. These income limits are published annually and are based on DHCD estimates of median income for a particular area or county, adjusted for family size.  The LHA income limits for the public housing program are 80% of the median income. Income Limits | HUD USER

MRVP Preferences

The need for public housing in Lowell exceeds the availability of funds for this purpose and a housing unit is a scarce resource which is in great demand. Given these realities, housing is made available to those most in need and reflecting the priorities of the LHA through local preferences, permitted by DHCD. DHCD also permits the LHA to establish other local preferences at the agency’s discretion. The following are the current preferences, and weights assigned to the preferences established by the LHA for applicant families.

# Preference Weight
1 Involuntarily displaced from a dwelling unit in the municipality of Lowell by natural disaster, by fire, by unwarranted landlord action and by government action, including capital programs of the LHA OR Households which reside in the City of Lowell and participate in non-federal housing rental subsidy program whom are at risk of displacement due to changes in the affordability requirements, administrative delivery system or level of subsidy for specific programs 200
2 Working head of household or working spouse, or a person 62 years old or older, or a person unable to work because of the extent of their disability 185
3 A legal resident of Lowell, or a person working in Lowell, or a person with a job offer to work in Lowell 130
4 A victim of domestic violence who has been relocated and as verified by the police  81
5 A veteran as verified by the Department of Veteran Affairs or an individual who has served in any branch of the military and remains in active status   4
Total Points: 600

MRVP Apply

Apply Online or Download Application

Online applications processes are not available for MRVP.  Click here to download the MRVP application. Once complete, applications may be mailed to the Lowell Housing Authority, Office of Public Housing, 21 Salem St., Lowell, MA 01854, or hand-delivered to the office.

Apply in Person

Applicants completing applications in person may do so at the Lowell Housing Authority’s Office of Public Housing located at 21 Salem, Lowell, MA 01854.