Welcome to the Chelsea Housing Authority!

Home AlEwing 2We 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.

Albert Ewing - Executive Director

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Board Meeting:
Wednesday November 23rd, 8:30am @ Administrative office, 54 Locke Street.
Click here to view Minutes from past Board Meetings.

Board Meeting:
Wednesday December 21st, 8:30am @ Administrative office, 54 Locke Street.
Click here to view Minutes from past Board Meetings.

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.

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Fall Workshops for Owners:
The Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership in partnership with the Chelsea and Malden Housing Authorities is offering Fall workshops for owners. The workshops include Section 8 Briefing for Owners (Sept. 28, completed), Fair Housing (Oct. 26, completed) and Inspections & Rent Determination (Nov. 9).
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Waiting List to Open July 11, 2016 for State Family Public Housing:
Notice is hereby given that as of July 11, 2016 the CHA will open the Waiting List for state family public housing. Applicants who apply and meet the lottery deadline are randomly assigned to the waiting list, applications received after the lottery deadline (August, 10 2016 at 12:00 p.m.) will be accepted, but will not be included in the lottery and will be processed as standard applicants. CHA anticipates that the randomization of the waiting lists will be completed by August 31, 2016, and anticipates selecting applicants on or after that date.
Click here for more information (English).
Click here for more informatoin (Spanish).

Resident Charges for Services or Repairs Effective August 2016:
As stated in 24 CFR 966.5,  …”schedules, rules and regulations may be modified from time to time by the PHA provided that the PHA shall give at least 30-day written notice to each affected tenant setting forth the proposed modification, the reasons therefore, and providing the tenant an opportunity to present written comments which shall be taken into consideration by the PHA prior to the proposed modification becoming effective.  

Accordingly, the Chelsea Housing Authority has attached a proposed schedule, Resident Charges for Services or Repairs for your review.  This schedule was last updated and implemented August 2015.  However, increased costs and labor charges require the Chelsea Housing Authority to update this schedule.   The proposed schedule is to be effective August 2016.

These charges will be made to a resident only when necessary by an act or the failure to act on the part of the resident, household member or guest.

Click here to view the Notice and Proposed Schedule
Click here to view the Notice and Proposed Schedule (Spanish)

FY2017 PHA Annual Plan:
The Chelsea Housing Authority has developed its FY2017 PHA Annual Plan and revised supporting documents in accordance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA).  We will be sharing the draft of the proposed  PHA Annual Plan and all supporting documents with the Resident Advisory Board (RAB).  The draft plans and supporting documents are available for review only at the Authority’s main office, located at 54 Locke Street, Chelsea during our business hours.  Written comments will be accepted until Monday, August 1, 2016. 

In addition, a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 8:30 am in the main administrative office of the Chelsea Housing Authority, 54 Locke Street, Chelsea. Everyone is invited.

CHA Deputy Director Diane Cohen Attends White House Convening on the Proposed Smoke-Free Rule:
On January 6, 2016, Chelsea Housing Authority Deputy Director and New England Regional Council NAHRO Senior Vice- President, Diane Cohen along with NAHRO staff and public health advocates from across the country attended a Convening on the Proposed HUD Smoke-Free Rule at the White House. HUD’s proposed rule would require each public housing agency (PHA) implement a smoke-free policy for all of its 1.2 million public housing units and common areas no later than 18 months from the effective date of the final rule. The purpose of the convening was to establish a dialogue between Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), health-related groups and federal partners to discuss common concerns, share best practices, and exchange information before comments on the proposed rule are due. The agenda allowed for several opportunities for interaction with policy makers. HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy made opening remarks, followed by a panel conversation on Stakeholder Focal Issues moderated by Lourdes Castro Ramírez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

The Chelsea Housing Authority implemented a Smoke-Policy in all of its state and federal public housing developments last year. The CHA staff began this initiative back in mid-2014 by enlisting the assistance of public health advocates to assist in the process of surveying residents, holding resident meetings on site at each of the developments to encourage input and feedback, offering smoking cessation programs and other supportive, counseling services free of charge. The survey results were overwhelmingly in support of smoke-free housing, which was critical in allowing the CHA to design a policy that balanced the needs of all of its residents and would ensure its success.

The policy has the full support of its Board of Commissioners and is aimed at protecting nonsmokers, most especially children and elders, from breathing in secondhand cigarette smoke from neighboring units, which can cause asthma attacks, respiratory infections, lung cancer, and heart disease. According to HUD, the rule will help improve the health of more than 760,000 children and help public housing agencies save $153 million annually in health care, repairs and preventable fires. “I was honored to represent the Chelsea Housing Authority at the White House convening,” said Deputy Director, Diane Cohen, “to share best practices with my colleagues and take part in the policy development that has such a great, lasting impact on our residents’ well- being and health.”

January 2016PICTURED, left to right:

John Mahon, Executive Director, Bayonne Housing Authority, NJ; Rick Leco, NAHRO Vice President for Commissioners; Diane Cohen, Deputy Director Chelsea Housing Authority, MA/NERC NAHRO Senior Vice President; Thomas Rowe, Executive Director Murfreesboro HA, TN; Carl Richie NAHRO Senior Vice -President

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).

Job Postings:
Interested candidates my submit resumes by mail or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as instructed in the job posting.

Data Entry - Temporary Data Entry Position (Ending December 31, 2016 up to 37.5 hrs. per week), that works under the direct supervision of the Director of Operations and performs data entry along with general clerical and secretarial support to the department staff.
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