Section 8 Tenant Based Vouchers

Section 8 is a federal rent assistance program, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Section 8 is the federal government’s largest program to help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities pay for safe, decent housing. Section 8 includes tenant-based vouchers, project-based vouchers, and homeownership vouchers. Section 8 usually refers to the Section 8 tenant-based voucher program.

Section 8 tenant-based vouchers are rent vouchers that let people choose their own housing anywhere they want to live. The vouchers are not limited to particular housing developments like project-based vouchers. People with Section 8 tenant-based vouchers can choose any apartment they want, as long as the rent is reasonable and the unit is safe and clean.

Section 8 tenant-based vouchers are sometimes called mobile vouchers because they “travel” with the tenant. If a household with a tenant-based voucher wants to move, they can use the voucher for a different rental unit.

Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI) announces the opening of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Mainstream Program for one week beginning Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 8:30 AM through Wednesday, January 22, 2020 until 7:00 PM. On Wednesday, January 15, 2020 we will begin accepting applications from 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM.

In order to participate in the Mainstream Program the head of household, spouse, co-head, or spouse must be a non-elderly person with a disability.

There is no advantage to being first in line as the waiting list will be established by the above criteria.

To obtain an application you may 1) Visit the offices listed below; 2) Call CTI’s Intake Department at 978-654-5819; 3) submit a written request that an application be mailed you.  CTI will not be responsible for the applicant’s receipt of mailed applications: 4) visit our web site at to print a Mainstream Housing application. Applications will not be sent or accepted by e-mail or FAX. Only one application per household will be accepted. Completed applications must be returned to CTI no later than January 22, 2020 by 7:00 PM or postmarked no later than Wednesday January 22, 2020 by 7:00 PM. No applications will be accepted after that time.  Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, handicap, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin.  Applying for this program will not affect your placement on any other rental assistance or public housing waiting list.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Mainstream Program APPLICATION

Applications will be distributed at:

Community Teamwork, Inc.

Rental Assistance, 3rd Floor

155 Merrimack Street

Lowell, MA 01852

Open: 8:30AM-5:00PM

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Open: 8:30AM -7:00PM Wednesdays

The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.    

20 Ballard Road

Lawrence, MA 01843

Open: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Lowell Transitional Living Center

193 Middlesex St.

Lowell, MA 01852

Open: 9:00AM-5:00PM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Mainstream Program APPLICATION


Click here for the Pre-Application for Housing Assistance

From DHCD Website:

Section 8: Frequently Asked Questions

Rental Applications & Documentation

How to Obtain Housing Assistance

Section 8 Plans

Rental Assistance Applications & Documentation

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