The City Council passed the Senior Security Ordinance in 1989. We enforce the ordinance along with the Boston police. The purpose of the ordinance is to improve security of elderly and disabled housing.
We review housing that’s made specifically for elderly people and people with disabilities. We make sure housing developments have the right security measures. We usually recommend 24-hour security teams. We also:
After we get a security plan from a development, we’ll hold a public hearing. We post a notice 10 days before the hearing. Tenants, landlords, police, and other witnesses can talk about the security plan. Anyone can testify or submit documents. After the hearing, we'll make an official written decision on the security plan.
If you have a security concern, you should report it to us. You can still file a report even after we’ve made a hearing decision. You can reach us at 617-635-5300, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.