We are committed to providing a full range of safe, secure, suitable and affordable housing opportunities to low income family, elderly and disabled households in a fair manner. We are committed to fair and non-discriminatory practices throughout all of our programs and activities.
We have developed this website to better serve our residents, applicants, advocates and the larger community by providing helpful information about the agency, its policies and application process. Please take the time to enjoy the site and feel free to contact us with suggestions regarding information that would be helpful to you or ideas about how the site can be improved.
Board Meeting: Wednesday, April 10th, 8:30am @ Administrative office, 54 Lock Street. Click here to view Minutes from past Board Meetings.
Future Scheduled 2019 Board Meetings: April 10th May 8th June 12th July 10th August 14th September 11th October 16th (3rd Wednesday) November 13th December 11th
March 2019 Solicitation for Architectural/Engineering Services Fire Alarm and HVAC Upgrades: The Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) is currently accepting proposals from Architects/Engineers (A/Es) who are registered in Massachusetts for the preparation of plans and specifications for bidding, construction, supervision, and final inspection of a modernization program that will consist of upgrading Fire alarm upgrades to our two-Family developments (202 units total plus common areas) and Replacing and upgrading the administrative office heating and air conditioning system (HVAC) by redesigning its duct work and air controls. Click here for more information.
2019 Federal Shut Down Plan: What happens beyond February regarding the Federal Government shutdown? How we all plan for and message the shutdown is incredibly important. The Engagement Plan as presented on the NERC NAHRO website is available from the link below outlines critical steps housing agencies should take as they prepare. Click here for more information.
Notice Regarding Opening Waitlist (Lottery Application Period Closed): The Chelsea Housing Authority will be accepting applications for 1,2,3, and 4-bedroom units of the state-aided family housing program. A lottery system will be used for the purpose of the initial acceptance of applications to be placed on the Chelsea Housing Authority waiting list(s). Applications for the lottery to be held on November 9, 2018 will be accepted beginning Monday, October 29, 2018 through 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Click here for more information. Click here for more information (Spanish).\
December 2018 - Chelsea Healthy and Affordable Food Summit: The Chelsea Hunger Network and the Healthy Chelsea Coalition held a Chelsea Healthy and Affordable Food (CHAF II) Summit on December 4th. Presented were results of in-depth surveying and interviewing of residents as well as current, regional and potential providers of food relief in Chelsea. Several “solution roundtables” were held generating some great ideas as to how we can move forward as a community to address food insecurity. Click here to view the presentation presented with the results.
Just-A-Start: A Secure Home, A Sustaining Career, An Engaging Community: Just-A-Start is a community development corporation dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through innovative, comprehensive and integrated programs, Just-A-Start provides and preserves affordable housing, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. - Education: Earn a high school credential of build on your academic skills - Construction training: Earn a pre-apprenticeship certificate in painting/carpentry - College preparation and career exploration - Community Service Just-A-Start is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA. Click here for more information.
May 2018 - Five Year/Annual Public Housing Plan and Outreach to Establish RAB: The Chelsea Housing Authority is in the process of updating the 5 Year/Annual Public Housing Plan. This process includes putting together a Resident Advisory Board to review the plans and provide comments and suggestions. Click here for more information. Click here for more information (Spanish).
HUD Strong Family Celebration: Check out the 2018 Chelsea Housing Authority HUD Strong Family Celebration. Thank you to our Sponsors, Donations, Volunteer Presenters and Tenant Volunteers. Click here for more information and photos.
Silver Line 3 - Bus Service from Chelsea to Boston: The NEW Silver Line 3 Chelsea opened in late April. The dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) service serves Chelsea and East Boston with direct service to South Station and the Seaport District.
Helping People from Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands: The CHA has been working with the City of Chelsea and numerous service agencies to find ways that we can assist victims of Hurricane Maria that are planning on coming to Chelsea. If you have a loved one who was impacted by the hurricane and needs assistance, this notice will provide you with useful information. Click here for more information (English). Click here for more information (Spanish).
Resident Police Officer Non-Emergency Tip-Line
* If the event is an emergency please call 911 not this number *
The purpose of the CHA Resident Police Office Non-Emergency Tip-Line is for the residents to call in any suspicious behavior that could be jeopardizing the health and safety of the residents as long as it is not an emergency.
If you see something that you want the Resident Police Officer and/or the Director Supportive Services/Occupancy to check out and investigate, please call this tip-line.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs has centralized the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (elder abuse hotline) to a single phone number. The 24/7 single phone number will simplify the process for elder abuse reporting.
To report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at:
Identity Theft and Equifax: Nothing is safe. just recently, Equifax said 'oops we've been hacked.' Equifax is one of three major US credit reporting companies, responsible for things like calculating your credit score. Earlier this year, hackers broke into Equifax's data through a website "vulnerability." And stole the personal info of around 143 million people - almost half of the US population. They got their hands on Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even some driver's license and credit card numbers. Those two Yahoo breaches that came out last year are still the biggest ever. But this one has everyone on edge because of all the personal info that could be exposed. Experts say the hackers could sell this data to shady people, which could put consumers' identities at risk. Equifax says it's called in law enforcement and a cybersecurity firm to look into this. In the meantime, the company has set up a website to check if you're on of the millions impacted: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
You can also enroll in complementary identity theft protection and credit monitoring on the same site, regardless of whether your info is determined to be at risk or not.
Lead Safe Housing Rule: The following training video was produced by the Housing & Urban Development (HUD)on the new Lead Safe Housing Rule. This video was produced to assist in educating stakeholders on the requirements of the new rule and why it is important.
Avoiding Housing Scams: The following video was created by the Affordable Housing Online and HAI Group to help those identify and avoid Section 8 and Affordable Housing scams.
Get the New Healthy Homes Basics App Today! The Healthy Homes Basics app offers practical how-to guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home, right at your fingertips. The app offers introductory information and guidance for consumers by teaching the “Principles of a Healthy Home”. For those users more familiar with healthy homes concepts, the app features detailed information by topic.