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Housing support for older people

Our housing team at the Age Strong Commission has the expertise and compassion to solve problems with you.

Our goal is to ensure that older Bostonians have safe, secure, and affordable housing.

I like living in Boston. It's convenient to public transportation, hospitals, and groceries store.

an older Boston resident

 

Still have questions? Contact:
Age Strong Commission
1 City Hall Square
Room 271
Boston MA  02201
United States
Contact us with your housing needs

You can complete a referral form, or call 617-635-4366 for more information on housing.

Services the City offers

We can help with:
  • Housing search and housing application help
  • Advocacy around landlord and tenant issues
  • Advocacy in housing court
  • Referrals to legal service providers
  • Applications and application renewals for fuel assistance
  • Advice around issues of accessibility, clutter, and hoarding.
  • Through the Office of Fair Housing, you can file a complaint if you’ve experienced housing discrimination
  • Connection to foreclosure resources
  • Help and support with property tax relief programs

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We can also give you information on City of Boston programs, including the Boston Home Center, the Senior Home Repair Program, Seniors Save, and the Boston Water and Sewer Senior Discount program.

Learn about housing options

Boston Housing Authority (BHA)

The housing authority provides affordable housing to more than 58,000 residents in and around the City of Boston. Residents are help through a combination of public housing and federal and state voucher subsidy programs. These programs offer a variety of housing opportunities. The BHA has buildings specific for elders and people with disabilities. 

The Boston Housing Authority is the largest public housing authority in New England. Nearly nine percent of the City's residents are housed through the agency.

Affordable Housing

This is also referred to as income-restricted rental housing. Rent payments are capped at an affordable price for qualifying families and individuals. If you qualify, you usually pay a certain percent of your income toward the rent.

Assisted Living

This type of housing includes some support services to help residents in day-to-day tasks. Services include meals and personal care services. 

Rest Homes

Rest homes offer support services and supervision to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services include a supportive living environment, meals, activities, and administering medications.

Nursing Homes

This type of housing can provide health care services for those who need long-term care.

Home Share

We know that many older adults in our neighborhoods have found themselves with space in their homes and a need for some companionship. You can read about our pilot homeshare program online.