Welcome to Melrose Housing Authority

The Melrose Housing Authority is proud to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to residents of Melrose. Under the leadership of our 5 member Board of Commissioners we currently assist over 550 households through our Public Housing, and Rental Assistance Programs. The MHA has played a vital role in providing affordable housing and resident services to Melrose’s low-income residents, the disabled, seniors, and families. We continue to ensure that the daily needs of our properties, and residents are met with honor, integrity, and accountability.

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COVID-19 Vaccination for Senior Housing

Residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Melrose Housing Authority, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and the Melrose Board of Health has partnered to bring a COVID-19 Vaccination clinic to our Senior Housing Properties.

The Melrose Board of Health will conduct on-site vaccination clinics on the following dates:

Tuesday        March 9, 2021

                    McCarthy Building Community Room            


Thursday       March 11, 2021       

Steele House Community Room


Registration is required prior to receiving a COVID-19 Vaccination appointment. Forms were delivered to all residents on March 1, 2021. MHA Residents and Staff must pre-register by 3/3/2021 by completing the insurance form and medical questionnaire questions and return the completed form to:

McCarthy Building Residents Only

Betsy Kantt, unit 113  

Steele Building Residents Only

Donna Jones, unit 107

If you did not receive a pre-registration form, or need assistance in filling it out please contact:

McCarthy Building Residents Only

Betsy Kantt -   781-388-4817

Steele Building Residents Only

Donna Jones-   781-324-7442 x 225

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The Melrose Housing Authority (MHA) has decided to shut down the community rooms and ask that you refrain from visiting the community areas. Laundry rooms will remain open. We will remove all tables and chairs from the community rooms in order to prevent social gatherings to the best extent possible. It will also allow MHA Maintenance the opportunity to clean and disinfect the furniture and community rooms during this time. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope that you understand and take the precaution of spending more time in your apartments rather than gather in the common areas.Mystic Valley Elder Services has made the decision to have Resident Services Coordinators temporarily suspend programming and activities in the buildings for the health and well-being of residents and staff alike.  This includes: Coffee Hour, Lunches, Exercise, Birthday Party, Tuesday Food Giveaway, and food Pantry.The Steele House Tenants Association has temporarily cancelled bingo until further notice.During this time, The MHA Administrative Office will remain open during regular business hours but will be closed to the general public for in-person visits. Residents and any other applicants should conduct their business with the MHA by phone or email. Please use the inter-office mailboxes to send any documents to the MHA.

Vaccination Eligibility

On January 26, 2021 the Governor announced that beginning February 1, 2021 all Massachusetts residents 75 years and older can begin to get vaccinated. 

Vaccine Location - The Double Tree in Danvers, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923, has been designated as a place to receive the vaccine.

Make an appointment to be vaccinated.

Go to https://bit.ly/3qUmTFP to book and appointment at the Double Tree in Danvers, MA.

Residents in need of transportation to and from a vaccine clinic can call Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-324-7705 and ask for COVID-19 vaccination transportation.

MHA Residents in Elderly Developments

All Residents in elderly development regardless of age are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 2. Please note that the specific date has not yet been determined. Once it is announced we will update our website.

Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

For additional information go to  Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information | Mass.gov 


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Effective immediately Executive Director James Holt has closed the Melrose Housing Authority to the general public for in person visits until further notice.  Please conduct your business  with the MHA by phone 781-665-1622 during this time. If you have a general question you may send an email to admin@mha.com or if you would like to reach a specific member of the MHA staff, you may find their contact information under the "Contact Us" link.  If you have any documents to drop off, please utilitize our locked drop box to the left of the Administrative Office door. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work to protect our valued employees and residents.