The Braintree Housing Authority administers 395 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and 85 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. The Veterans Administration refers veterans, to the BHA, for the VASH program. Call 781-848-1484 X206 for more information on the VASH Program.
To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher – The Braintree Housing Authority utilizes the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List. For an application for the Section 8 Centralized Wait List go to www.section8listmass.org/
The Braintree Housing Authority administers a Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) and Homeownership Program. The FSS Program is a program provides Section 8 recipients the opportunity to improve their lives while building assets. Program participants sign a five year contract. Participants work with a case manager to set long and short term goals. Goals are very individual and vary from person to person. When a participant increases his/her earned income, an escrow savings account is started on his/her behalf. Employment at a self-sufficient wage, is the final goal for all participants. There are currently 34 participants enrolled in the FSS Program. Currently 20 participants are employed. There are 8 participants enrolled in educational programs. Several participants are juggling employment, school and family. They are an amazing group of dedicated people. Financial literacy is an important part of the program. Participants learn to budget and build credit while engaged in the program. Participants also attend workshops that help build life skills such as nutrition workshops and parenting workshops. They receive referrals to programs in the area that help support and reinforce their goals. The FSS Program is a comprehensive program that pays. Currently, 23 Participants have escrow accounts that total more than $63,361. FSS graduates have purchased their first home and paid off debts such as credit cards and student loans. BHA has had more than 23 families purchase their first home.
The Homeownership program allows families on Section 8 to use housing assistance payments towards a mortgage. The program provides assistance for either 10 or 15 years, depending on the length of the mortgage loan. Families with a disability are exempt from the time limits. BHA currently has five families taking part in the program. Families receive Homeownership Counseling before purchasing their home as well as after the purchase is made. We want to see families not only purchase a home, but remain in the home until they decide to sell. Many families have found success through this program. We have also had many families terminate their section 8 assistance and purchase homes on the open market. These programs help families achieve economic and social mobility, strengthen families and create opportunity for not only those that enroll but for the generations that follow.