This page was updated Nov. 2023
Affordable housing in Wellesley may seem like an oxymoron, but the Wellesley Housing Authority (WHA) currently maintains 245 rental units or homeownership opportunities across town. The WHA is funded at the state and federal levels.
According to the Town’s website, as of Nov. 6, 2023, there are no lotteries open for housing in Wellesley at this time.
However, it’s a good idea to check out the WHA’s applicant information page to learn about the common app for Massachusetts State Public housing opportunities.
The largest concentrated are of affordable housing in Wellesley is located at Barton Road. The state-funded 18-acre parcel in the shadow of the Massachusetts Turnpike was built in 1950 and has 88 units—40 two-bedrooms and 48 three-bedrooms. As a state-funded property, the rental units are available to low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Waldo Court on Linden Street is in walking distance to schools, public transportation, a (pricey) grocery store, and Wellesley and Linden Square shops and services. The 12 two-bedroom units don’t turn over very often due to the coveted location.
Elderly and disabled housing
Morton Circle, located at 487-489 Washington St., is a 36-unit property built in 1959. All the units are one-bedroom. The property hasn’t seen a major upgrade since it was built.
Housing at Washington Street includes 40 one-bedroom units. Located nearby the police station and the MBTA commuter rail tracks. Wellesley Square and Linden Square are nearby, and the Tolles Parsons Senior Center is across the street.
The River Street property, across the street from the Charles River, and near the Newton line, has 26 one-bedroom units.
Weston Road housing, across from the Fells Branch Library and closet to route 9, has 32 one-bedroom units.
Subsidized housing units
There are almost 25 locations in Wellesley that offer subsidized housing for rent or to own, some in the toniest locations in town. Getting in as a renter at Waterstone at Wellesley, The Nines at Wellesley Park, or Jubilee House should be considered a coup. And if you qualify and a property comes up at Fieldstone Way, the Walnut Street Fire Station, or The Bel Clare, do not pass up the opportunity to apply. Entire list here.