Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (such as the Taunton Housing Authority) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development administers State aid to manage housing developments built with state funds. HUD and DHCD furnish technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.
The Taunton Housing Authority administers the Housing Choice Voucher (also known as Section 8) program for Taunton. The Housing Choice Voucher program is HUD’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. THA provides housing assistance (by issuance of a voucher) on behalf of the family or individual participants who then find their own housing in the private market where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence.
FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM
The Taunton Housing Authority offers two programs to its Section 8 Program participants, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Homeownership Program.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program works with individuals and families to obtain and maintain suitable employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. The FSS Coordinator works one-on-one with each family to identify goals and work on issues and obstacles on the way to self-sufficiency. Referral to supportive services and resources is provided.
The HCV Homeownership Program allows Section 8 participants to use their rental voucher toward the mortgage of a home. Interested participants will be required to meet certain program requirements including credit repair, savings and homeownership counseling. Participants must have a Section 8 voucher through the Taunton Housing Authority for at least one year to participate in the program.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
The Transitional Housing Program is designed to provide assistance to up to 10 homeless families coming from shelters. The goal of the program is to end the cycle of homelessness with families and maintain long-term stable housing, so families will not have to re-enter the shelter system. Once families complete the program, a lease is signed between the participating family and the Taunton Housing Authority. Units are scattered through six state-aided public housing developments within the THA.
ELDER SUPPORTED HOUSING
The THA has partnered with Bristol Elder Services to create the Support Housing program. Individuals participating in this program are provided with an assisted living-like environment that combines subsidized housing with supportive services such as case management, homemaking and personal care assistance. The THA and Bristol Elder Services jointly operate the project. Residents live in their own private apartments located at the THA's Fitzsimmons Arms development and receive services needed to maintain independence. Bristol Elder Services staff also maintain an office at Fitzsimmons Arms.
To be eligible, individuals must need social and health services to maintain independent lifestyles, but must not require 24-hour supervision.
For more information about this program, call Bristol Elder Services' Information and Referral unit at 508-675-2101. An application for this program can be found under the Documents section of this website.