Welcome to Attleboro Housing Authority

Resident Information

Our Housing Developments

At the Attleboro Housing Authority, we have 52 two-bedroom units and 39 three-bedroom units on our family site, Hillcrest Oaks. There are also 2 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom units offsite at our Martin Street facility and 6 three-bedroom units located in three separate duplexes within the city limits.  The Attleboro Housing Authority also has a total of 319 one-bedroom elderly and handicap units located at four separate developments.

There are approximately 90,000 units total of state and federally assisted public housing in Massachusetts.  Public housing developments are apartments that are built and subsidized by either the state or federal government and are managed by local housing authorities.  There are 253 local housing authorities in Massachusetts.

Public Housing Units

There are different types of public housing available, such as housing for families, elderly persons and certain persons with disabilities.  Supportive housing with assisted living services for elderly and disabled persons and congregate housing is also available in some cities and towns.   There is a very small amount of public housing available to single persons.   To find out what is available in each town, please call your local housing authority.

Eligibility:  To be eligible to live in state public housing, a household must typically earn no more than 80 percent of the area median income.  Income guidelines vary from year to year and region to region.  Ask the housing authority you are applying to what the income guidelines are in its region or visit the Housing and Urban Development website.  To live in state assisted elderly public housing, you must be at least 60 years old.  If you are a person with a disability, you must meet certain criteria to be eligible for state or federal housing for disabled persons.

Rent: The rent a public housing tenant pays is based on household income and whether the costs of utilities (electricity, heat, cooking fuel) are included.   Following are the rent calculation amounts for Attleboro Housing Authority residents: 

  • Tenants residing in elderly/handicapped public housing pay 30% of net income and do not pay for any utilities

  • Tenants residing in the family public housing development pay 30% of net income and pay for some  utilities

  • Tenants residing at our "off-site" family housing program pay 32% of net income and do not pay for any utilities 

How to Apply for State Public Housing:  

Mail your completed application, including all required documentation to the Attleboro Housing Authority.  When your application is received, it is date & time stamped.  It takes approximately three (3) weeks to process each application, during which time it is entered into the computer system, landlord references are sent out and a background check is done.  Your name is then placed on our waiting list.  Applicants may put their name on more than one waiting list if they qualify for more than one program.  Waiting lists for public housing tend to be long.  When your name comes to the top of the list, you will be contacted.  It is extremely important that you notify us if you change your address while you are on the waiting list.

Public Housing Preferences:  The following are among the persons given preference for public housing units over other applicants:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters

  • Persons who are homeless due to public action

  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety

  • There are also preferences for veterans and local residents.  For more details, consult a local housing authority.

For more information regarding Public Housing, please refer to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Regulations.




Attleboro Housing Authority
Phone: 508-222-0151
   Fax:  508-222-4389
Paul M. Dumouchel, Executive Director

Christina Harnois, Deputy Director

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