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The Annual Plan

Congress passed a law in 1998 that requires Housing Authorities to create an Annual Plan.

The Annual Plan details Boston Housing Authority’s programs and policies for the upcoming fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). It also includes information about the Capital Fund Program (CFP) where the BHA plans on spending capital funds in the future.

All the documents associated with the version of the approved FY 2016 Annual Plan are posted on this page.

All the documents associated with the approved FY 2017 Annual Plan are posted on this page.

All the documents associated with the approved FY 2017 Annual Plan Amendment 1 are posted here.

Archived Annual Plan Documents may be located here.

Five-Year Plan

In addition to the Annual Plan, the BHA also develops a Five-Year Plan establishing its major goals and objectives.  The current Five-Year Plan covers the period 2015-2019.  To see the current Five-Year Plan click here.  Each year as part of the Annual Plan, the BHA updates the Five-Year Plan in a document called Five-Year Plan Progress Report.

The Annual Plan Process

Boston Housing Authority (BHA) submits the Annual Plan by January 15 each year to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its review. HUD has 75 days to review the Annual Plan – and either approves it or identifies deficiencies. If there is a deficiency, BHA addresses the issue and re-submits the Annual Plan. 

Members of the Resident Advisory Board meet regularly with BHA staff to discuss the Annual Plan. 

Public Notice

The Annual Plan is available to residents and the public for 45 days for review and comment before being reviewed by HUD. In a typical year, the Annual Plan is available for public review on November 1 and the comment period closes on December 15. 

The FY 2017 Annual Plan was available for review and comment from November 1 through December 15.  Click here to read about the public review process and public hearing. 

Copies of the draft Annual Plan are sent to the Resident Advisory Board and Local Tenant Organizations. The Annual Plan is available at BHA’s Planning Department (52 Chauncy Street, Boston), see above for links to approved plan and proposed plan, at the Boston Public Library Copley Branch, and in BHA management offices. 

If you would like to receive notice of public comment items, please subscribe to the BHA’s Public Review mailing list.

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Public Hearing

BHA holds a Public Hearing each year to provide an opportunity for BHA residents and the public to comment on the Annual Plan. BHA includes the record of comments and responses in the final Annual Plan package to HUD. To see the public hearing flyer, click here.

If you have a reasonable accommodation request for reviewing the Annual Plan or attending a Public Hearing, please call (617) 988-4107 or TDD (800) 545-1833 ext. 420. Interpreters can be made available at the Hearing upon request. 

Comments can be sent to 52 Chauncy Street Boston, attn: John Kane, Boston, MA 02111; or by email

Annual Plan Amendments

Occasionally the BHA will submit a significant amendment to its Annual Plan during the year.  This requires the BHA to hold an additional review and comment period and a public hearing.