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How To Contact Us
-Opportunities to Volunteer

Our Housing Programs
-Elderly Housing
-Application for State-Aided

-Housing for Persons with

-Family Housing
-Application for Family

-Section 8 Voucher Program
-Section 8 Application and
 Cover Letter

Other Information
-Housing Plans
-Board of Commissioners
-Board Agendas
-Board Minutes
-Annual Report
-Section 8 Information for
 Property Owners/Landlords
 and Voucher Holders

-Discrimination Information
 and Complaint Forms

Confidentiality and Privacy

Information for Existing Tenants
-Form of Lease
-Management Policies
-Housekeeping Standards
-Rent Collection Policy


-Equal Housing Opportunity

Other Housing Resources in the Amherst Area
-Rental Property List
-Additional Resources


Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive guide to the agency's housing programs.  On our website, you will find links to documents that range from applications for the various housing programs; housing plans; the Section 8 Administrative Plan; the Federal 5 year plan; minutes from the Board of Commissioners meetings; Annual Reports; numerous agency policies and even opportunities for volunteering.   We hope that as you wander your way through our website you find the vast amount of information beneficial to you.


Denise LeDuc, Executive Director



The Amherst Housing Authority is seeking proposals from buyers interested in the former Eva Schiffer home, located at 27 Kendrick Place, Amherst, MA. The home is being sold by the AHA in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 30B and requires interested buyers to respond to the AHA's Request for Proposals. The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and is located in downtown Amherst. The current appraised value is $307,000 and the minimum bid price is $220,000. To download a copy of the flyer, click here. To request a copy of the RFP, or for any questions, please contact Janna Tetreault at 413-256-8128 x302 or at jtetreault@amhersthousingauthority.org. Deadline to submit the RFP is June 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m..


1. To preserve and to expand decent, safe and affordable housing for low and moderate income households, elders, and persons with disabilities.

2. To support programs, services and resources that promote economic self-sufficiency, and improve community quality of life, tenant empowerment and responsibility.

3. To maintain quality of service delivery and ensure equal opportunity in housing.

4. To operate programs and deliver services that maximize financial and human resources while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

The Amherst Housing Authority is dedicated to providing quality housing to eligible households. The Authority is a public agency operated with state and federal funding and is overseen by a five member Board of Commissioners.

Application Process:
Applications may be downloaded from our website and completed by the applicant. All applications must be signed with an original signature and submitted to the Housing Authority. We do not accept faxed or emailed applications.

The following information is available and will be sent to you if you call the Amherst Housing Authority or if you email the request to the Authority:

  • Emergency Application packet for state-aided housing
  • Housing Assistance Contract
  • Section 8 Definition of Preferences
  • Request for Reasonable Accommodation form or Modification form
At times, the Authority may close waiting lists because of their length. If a link is disabled, it probably means that waiting list is closed. Please give the Authority a call at 413.256.0206 ext. 300 if you need clarification or current information on what waiting lists are open.















Town of Amherst

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Massachusetts NAHRO

UMASS Off Campus Housing Office

Massachusetts Fair Housing Center

Last Updated 10/17/13