Tenant Selection Priority

Selection Categories

(1)   Priority Categories. The MHA shall use the following priority categories in descending order in determining the order of tenant selection:

(a)   1st Priority – Homeless due to Displacement by Natural Forces an applicant, otherwise eligible and qualified, who has been displaced by:

  1. fire not due to the negligence or intentional act of applicant or a household member;
  2. earthquake, flood or other natural cause; or

iii.  a disaster declared or otherwise formally recognized under disaster relief laws.

(b)   2nd Priority – Homeless due to Displacement by Public Action (Urban Renewal) an

applicant, otherwise eligible and qualified, who will be displaced within 90 days, or has

been displaced within the three years prior to application, by:

  1.   any low rent housing project as defined in M.G.L. c. 121B, § 1, or
  2. a public slum clearance or urban renewal project initiated after January 1, 1947, or

iii.   other public improvement.

(c)   3rd Priority – Homeless due to Displacement by Public Action (Sanitary Code Violations) an applicant, otherwise eligible and qualified, who is being displaced, or has been displaced within 90 days prior to application, by enforcement of minimum standards of fitness for human habitation established by the State Sanitary Code (105 CMR 410.000) or local ordinances, provided that:

  1.  neither the applicant nor a household member has caused or substantially contributed to the cause of enforcement proceedings, and
  2.  the applicant has pursued available ways to remedy the situation by seeking assistance the courts or appropriate administrative or enforcement agencies.

(d)  4th Priority – Emergency Case under the Emergency Case Plan established by the MHA pursuant to 760 CMR 5.11.

(e)  5th Priority – AHVP Participant an applicant, otherwise eligible and qualified, who is living in a non-permanent, transitional housing subsidized by the AHVP.

(f)   6th Priority – Transfer for Good Cause.

(g)   7th Priority – Standard Applicant an applicant, otherwise eligible and qualified, who does not fit within any of the previous six priority categories.

(2)   Preference Categories. Apart from the affirmative action preference to be applied pursuant to 760 CMR 5.10(3) the MHA shall apply the following preferences in descending order within each of the priority categories in determining the order of tenant selection:

(a)   Veteran – Any veteran applying for elderly/handicapped housing receives this preference if the applicant resides in the community. A veteran applying for family housing receives this preference in 20% of c. 705 units. The order of preference is as follows:

  1.   veterans with service-connected disability;
  2.   families of deceased veterans whose death was service connected; and

iii.   other veterans.

(b)  Local Resident. Any local resident applying for public housing receives this preference.

(c)  Any applicant who does not meet the qualifications of the (1) Priority Categories or (2)(a) and (2)(b) of the Preference Categories.

For chapter 667 (Senior/Handicapped) units only: If the percentage of units occupied by handicapped households is less than 13.5%, the MHA shall place one eligible and qualified handicapped household for each eligible and qualified elderly household placed until such time as the percentage of handicapped households equals or exceeds 13.5%.