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, July 17th, 8:30am @ Administrative office, 54 Lock Street.
Click here to view Minutes from past Board Meetings.

Future Scheduled 2019 Board Meetings:
July 17th (3rd Wednesday)
August 14th
September 11th
October 16th (3rd Wednesday)
November 13th
December 11th

July 2019 - Notice is Hereby Given that as of July 22, 2019, the CHA will open the Waiting Lists for Federal Family Public Housing:
Please note that Federal Family applications will only be accepted from Monday, July 22, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019. All applications must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Applicaions will be available ath the Chelsea Housing Authority, on the CHA Website www.chelseaha.com, or by mail by calling (617) 409-5337.
Click here for more information regarding this Notice (income limits, dates, instructions)
Click here for the Preliminary Application Federal Aided Public Housing form.

June 2019 - Tenant Notice of FY2020 Annual PHA Planning:
The Chelsea Housing Authority is in the process of updating the FY2020 Annual PHA Plan.  In accordance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, each housing authority must submit a Five Year and an Annual Plan.  We develop this Annual Plan in communication with and consideration of comments from a Resident Advisory Board (RAB).  This requirement presents an opportunity for the community to learn more about how a housing authority operates and what guidelines and policies the housing authority has established.  The RAB is ideally a cross selection of residents representing our broad constituency of HUD assisted households.  This includes families, disabled residents, and seniors of many races and nationalities.

In this regard, one requirement is that the housing authority establishes a Resident Advisory Board, (RAB) to review the Five Year and Annual PHA Plans.  As a recipient of federal public housing or a participant on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, you are eligible to be a member of the Board.

Membership on this Board will not require an unreasonable time commitment from you.  However, you will be asked to review the Plans and comments and suggestions will be taken under advisement by the housing authority.  The Resident Advisory Board represents and is a liaison between public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants.  The RAB advises the CHA on all areas of housing operations, including but not limited to occupancy, general management, maintenance, security, resident training, and modernization.   

I have scheduled two meetings to review the Plans on:

  • Monday July 8, 2019 @ 10 am, Community Room, 13th floor Margolis Development, 260 Clark Avenue, Chelsea
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 2 pm, at 54 Locke Street, Chelsea

I sincerely hope your schedule will permit you to accept this voluntary position and participate in any/all of these meetings.  We value your input and hope that you can join us for these important meetings.  If you wish to participate or have suggested topics for this year’s plan development, please notify me so I can plan accordingly. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Lastly, please feel free to share this with others that may be interested.

Diane Cohen
Deputy Director, Chelsea Housing Authority

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.

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.

Click here for more information.

Reporting Elder Abuse

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:


Click here for more information (English).
Click here for more information (Spanish).

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.

Job Postings:
Interested candidates may 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.

No job postings at this time.

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More information on Projects, Bids and RFP's.

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.

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