Here we will try to answer the most commonly asked questions

How do I apply?

How to Apply for Public Housing |

For Public Housing, fill out the application, collect the documents listed in the Application and Required Documents page and mail or deliver it to our offices.  You can also call our offices to have an application sent to you, or set up an appointment with our application specialist, or stop in our office and pick up an application packet.

What do I need to bring with me when I apply?

The listed documents are on the Required Documents page of this website.

What happens once I submit my application?

Our Application Specialist will review your application and documents submitted.  Once you are determined preliminarily eligible, you will be issued a control number and placed on our waiting list.  Your control number will be sent to you in the mail.  A final determination of eligibility will be completed before an offer of housing is made.

Where do I go to file the application?

Go to the PHA offices at Columbia Arms, at 65 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, on the first floor.

When will I find out if I’ve been assigned an apartment?

You will receive a letter from the PHA office after your application has been approved for consideration.

How can I check the status of my application?

To check the status of you application stop in our offices with your Control number or a photo Id.  If you are unable to stop in, please send a request in writing and your status will be mailed back to you.  Due to the confidential nature, we do not give this information over the phone.

How long will I be on the waiting list?

For Public Housing, the estimated time is within 12-months from the date of application.  For Rent Assistance ( Section 8 ) we are unable to determine the estimated time on the waiting list.

What do I do if I don’t want to move into the housing you offer me?

If you don’t accept the housing offer you will be removed from the waiting list.

Who can live with me?

The names of the persons listed on your Lease.