Webster Housing Authority
|David Dupont||Chair and State Appointee||n/a|
|Douglas Babcock||Vice Chairman||2024|
|William Herra||Federal Resident Commissioner||2023|
About the Housing Authority
The Webster Housing Authority has been developing and operating subsidized housing since it incorporated in 1949.
Its veteran's development is located on Second Island and Thompson Road and contains thirty units of family housing with two and three bedroom units. There are two one-bedroom units at this development and both are wheelchair accessible. These apartments were built in 1954 and are duplex and town house styles. Each unit has a full basement with washer and dryer hook ups. Residents pay 27% of net income for rent. Oil heat, electricity, cooking, and gas hot water are not included. This property is funded through the Department of Housing and Community Development. Eligible local residents and veterans receive preference.
Golden Heights I
Golden Heights I is the Authority's state-aided elderly/disabled housing development and was built in 1978 across from the Slater Street ball field. Buildings are garden and row style and all 72 apartments contain one bedroom, a bathroom, a living/dining area and kitchen. Residents here pay 30% of adjusted gross income for rent which includes all utilities other than cable television and telephone service. Each residential building contains eight apartments and there are five stairs between floors. There are seven wheelchair accessible apartments in the development. Building Number 10 houses the Authority's main office, laundry and community gathering areas. Eligible local residents and veteran's receive preference. Interested parties must be sixty or over to apply or have a qualifying disability that we verify with a medical professional. As with all state-aided housing of this type, 13.5% of housing units are set aside for disabled applicants under 60.
Golden Heights II
Golden Heights II is adjacent to Golden Heights I and was built in 1983 with federal funding from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. The six residential buildings are also garden and row style and contain ten units each. There are 17 stairs separating the first and second floors. This development has six wheelchair accessible apartments. There is a laundry facility in Building 11 and this property also has its own community space for resident functions. As at Golden Heights I, mail is delivered to each individual building. This program has no preferences or priorities and applicants are screened for qualification based on date and time of application. Applicants must be at least 62 or be disabled to apply. Rent is based on 30% of gross adjusted income and includes all utilities other than phone, cable and air conditioner.
The housing authority is not capable of providing immediate assistance, in any way, even for those eligible for emergency housing. Once qualified, even the first emergency applicant must remain on a waiting list until an apartment that we own is vacated. Those households who require immediate help may contact the Department of Transitional Assistance, 79 North Street, Southbridge for the availability of nearby shelter programs.