Frequently Asked Questions

The standard and emergency applications can be found on this website. Or you can stop by our office to pick one up.

Applications are being accepted for the elderly and disabled waiting list. The family waiting list is closed for standard applications. We only accept emergency applications for family housing. There are 5 categories you must meet to qualify for emergency housing.

The elderly and disabled developments are all one bedroom. The family units (including barrier free units) are two, three and four bedrooms.

At the present time the income guidelines are: 1 person: $47,450; 2 persons $54,200; 3 persons $61,000; 4 persons $67,750. Income guidelines are subject to change.

Residents living in the Canton Housing Authority units can expect to pay between 27%-30% of their income (after allowable deductions) toward rent.

The Canton Housing Authority has a local preference for its housing program waiting list. Local preference is given to Canton residents. You do not have to be a Canton resident to apply, however the wait time is much longer.

A Canton resident is any applicant domiciled in Canton on the date of the application, the date of the screening and the date of the final certification. Domicile shall mean the applicant’s permanent address and excludes temporary residence in Canton. Any person employed or about to be employed in Canton on the date of application, the date of screening and the date of final certification is considered a Canton resident.

A household whose head or spouse or sole member is at least 60 years of age is considered elderly. A birth certificate will be required.

For purposes of admission into public housing, a person who is handicapped must meet the requirements of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 121B, Section 1, Section 38 and 760 CMR 5.07.

A family is defined as two or more persons sharing residency whose income and resources are available to meet the family’s needs and who are related by blood or marriage. A family may include unrelated persons who will live regularly as part of the family.

The Canton Housing Authority has two, three and four bedroom units. As a general rule, units will be assigned to applicants so that no less than 1 and not more than 2 persons will occupy a bedroom. Husbands and wives are expected to share a bedroom. Children of the same sex are expected to share a bedroom, as are children of the opposite sex under the age of 8. No assignments of units will be made which require use of the living room for sleeping.

No, offers are made based on what becomes vacant when an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list.

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