The Salem Housing Authority office is closed to the public until further notice but open for business calls and emails.

Check the News & Events section under Residents tab for important information on the Coronavirus.
Please refer to the letter from SHA Executive Director below regarding the procedures going forward for all housing authority business.

Temporary Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 noon. For more information CLICK HERE.


State and Federal Public Housing

The Salem Housing Authority owns and manages 715 units of state and federally funded elderly, family, and handicapped public housing. These units are located at 22 sites throughout the City; see OUR PROPERTIES for a complete list.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The SHA administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and is a part of the Centralized Waiting List; see

Section 8 Housing Project-based Voucher Program

The SHA administers Section 8 Project-based Voucher Programs of 125 vouchers at Pequot Highlands and 9 vouchers in conjunction with North Shore ARC.

North Shore Elder Services

The SHA also works closely with North Shore Elder Services (NSES) to provide housing options for seniors. NSES is a team of specialists making life easier for elders, persons with disabilities, and those who care for them by offering information, support and solutions. More info is available at SUPPORTIVE LIVING allows elders to age in place. The program lets residents access personal care and other supportive services 24-7. Located at 27 Charter Street, it offers residents one-bedroom apartments and a community room for activities and meals. A Resident Services Coordinator from NSES is available each weekday to oversee programs, services and activities. Congregate Housing is a unique blend of private and shared living space for older people. This living arrangement provides residents with the opportunity for companionship while preserving personal privacy. The J. Michael Ruane Residence, located at 3 Broad Street, has units equipped with a half-bath and kitchenette, along with common areas such as living room, den, dining room, and more.

Applications and Eligibility

Currently there are waiting lists for all housing programs. Application links are below. Once applications are received, they are logged according to date and time received and granted priorities and/or preferences if eligible. Eligibility requirements are subject to change. You may also CONTACT US for eligibility information and applications.

Maximum Household Annual Income Limits (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

State and Federal Housing Programs

Household SizeState PublicFederal Public & Section 8
The applications below can be downloaded in PDF format. Please install a PDF viewer prior to downloading. Adobe Reader may be obtained from the link below:


Common Housing Application for Massachusetts Public Housing (CHAMP)
Application for Federal Public Housing
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List Pre-Application or see
Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Program at Pequot Highlands*