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DRAFT for Comments: Common Pre-Application

We are excited to share with you a draft Common Pre-Application for affordable housing. We welcome and encourage your feedback and comments.

This Common Pre-Application was drafted by a committee comprised of industry representatives and MassHousing staff under the leadership of Melissa Fish-Crane, Principal, Chief Operating Officer of Peabody Properties and Karen Kelleher, Deputy Director of MassHousing.


Several years ago, affordable housing owners, managers and advocates suggested that we create a Common Pre-Application that could be used to place an applicant on affordable housing waiting lists or for use in a lottery.

We began the Common Pre-Application initiative with a goal of developing a short, user-friendly form that focused on the applicant’s eligibility for wait list placement. Having a self-certifying, short Pre-Application form makes the application and waitlist placement process easier for prospective applicants and makes the application review process less arduous and costly for management agents.

It is important to note that as the applicant nears the top of the waiting list, a comprehensive application will be required to verify both eligibility and suitability for living at the property.

Introducing this short Pre-Application form is the first step toward our long-term goal of implementing a uniform affordable housing application software program accessible on a statewide database.


Please submit your written comments to commonpreapp@masshousing.com.

The written comment period is from February 14, 2018 through March 16, 2018. If you have any questions or comments that you would like to discuss, please contact either Anne Marie MacPherson at 617-854-1130 or Colleen Kelley at 617-854-1172.

We will also hold a meeting to hear your comments at MassHousing on March 1, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the MassHousing Board room. Please join us if you are available. You can RSVP to Gina Micchelli at 617-854-1145 or gmicchelli@masshousing.com.

We will review all comments received and then expect to reissue the final version of the Common Pre-Application by May 1, 2018.

 Common Pre-Application for Comments
Document  DRAFT: Common Pre-Application
Document  DRAFT: Common Pre-Application Information