Ashfield House, Ashfield

Property type: Affordable Rental Housing

The Ashfield House is an historic, eighteen unit, four-story wood-frame building located in downtown Ashfield with one, two, and three bedroom units.  Upper-story units are accessible by stairs. A full coin-op laundromat in the building is available to residents and the general public. The property is located within walking distance of small businesses and services including restaurants, convenience stores, churches, and the post office.


Income limits are adjusted according to family size which includes entire household income. The Ashfield House has units set aside for households at a range of income levels. These restrictions apply specifically to individual units, which include 30%, 50%, 60%, 80% AMI.

Applicants are processed in accordance for eligibility for each specific unit. Income limit information can be found below (see chart) and on

Income Eligibility Chart

Effective 2023

Rent for seven units at this property are subsidized by the Project Based Housing Choice Voucher program and three units are subsidized by Project Based Massachusetts Rental Voucher program. Both programs are administered through the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority. Eligibility for the remaining eight non-subsidized units at the Ashfield House is determined by rent affordability standards.

Waitlist Length

The waitlist for Ashfield House depends on many variables including the applicant’s income, the size of the unit being applied for and current vacancies in the building.

How to Apply

To apply for one of the seven units with Project Based Housing Choice Voucher subsidies, fill out the AH Project-Based HCV Application.

To apply for the one of the three units with a Project Based MRVP subsidy, fill out the AH MRVP application. 

To apply for one of the other eight apartments in the Ashfield House, you need to fill out the AH Building-Only Application

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Application Process

Further Screening Processes

Once it is determined that a household meets the basic income, status, and/or rent affordability requirements, applicants are further screened in accordance with HRA policy and federal and state fair housing laws. As part of the application process, applicants must authorize HRA to conduct thorough background checks including criminal history and sex offender record information checks, rental history, credit history, and personal references.

Preferences and Priority

The waiting lists for properties managed by HRA without state assistance are administered on a first-come, first-served basis. No priorities or preferences are available.