Housing Information

—Everyone should have a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home. Burlington is comprised of a diverse mix of single-family and multifamily homes (some with affordable units), two affordable housing developments, and a number of assisted living facilities. There are two entities in town that are primarily responsible for overseeing affordable housing:

The Burlington Housing Authority manages two affordable housing developments for seniors and people with disabilities. It also provides housing assistance to low income residents through the management of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). This program is income-based and the eligibility guidelines are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Burlington Housing Partnership Committee considers the housing needs in Burlington with particular attention to housing opportunities that are affordable to residents of all income levels and abilities. The Committee seeks to expand the inventory of decent, safe, affordable housing in Burlington through public and private partnerships, and makes recommendations to the Select Board on steps the Town can take to support the creation of new housing options to address those needs, and to maintain existing affordable housing in Burlington.

Grandview Commons Affordable Age-Restricted (62+) Unit Available


Grandview Commons Unit 204-Flyer

Grandview Commons Unit 204-Application

  • Application period opens: Monday June 26, 2023
  • Application period closes: Monday July 17, 2023 by 10:00am
  • Lottery: Thursday July 27, 2023 at 2:00pm

Grandview Commons is a condominium development of 42 homes, built in 2005, centrally located at 59 Center Street. All units have elevator access. No pets are allowed, and one resident must be 62 years of age or older.

Unit 204 provides a fully accessible one floor living area. This 1,041 square foot unit includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is located on the second floor facing the front of the building. It has central air conditioning and the kitchen appliances are in good condition. The home has gas heat and 1 deeded uncovered parking space, and separate storage area in the basement. The monthly condominium fee is currently $330, and the property taxes are estimated at $189 per month using Burlington’s current tax rate of $9.40.

Fourth Avenue Affordable Apartments

4thave-smallerCOMING SOON: 23 brand new, affordable apartments at Fourth Avenue in Burlington. With underground parking and membership to Lifetime Fitness included, these units will rent for half of market rate, and are open to people who make 80% or less of median income annually. Please see the info sheet for income limits by household size and the expected rents for the units

Lottery application will open in March, and the lottery will be held in May. 

For more information, visit www.4thaveaffordables.com.

Housing Resources

Housing Assistance

  • Burlington Youth & Family Services offers temporary assistance to individuals and families struggling to pay for housing, and also recently received a federal grant to assist teens experiencing homelessness.

Assisted Living in Burlington

Each property contains affordable housing units; contact the property directly for information.

Multifamily Housing in Burlington

These two affordable housing rental developments are for seniors and people with disabilities:

  • Birchcrest Arms
  • Tower Hill Apartments

For more information, please contact the Burlington Housing Authority,

These two developments include for-sale affordable units (not rental). For information, contact the Select Board:

These developments include affordable rental units. For information, contact the property directly:

These developments do not include affordable units. For rental information, contact the property directly:

Aging in Place Resources for Older Adults

  • The Rebuilding Together Safe at Home program provides no-cost preventative home modification to people with mobility issues and other disabilities to improve accessibility, reduce falls, increase independence  and facilitate aging in place outcomes for low-income adults through the modification of their home environment to meet their specific needs.
  • The National Association of Builders Aging in Place Remodeling Checklist provides an overview of features to consider when remodeling, even when aging in place is not the primary goal. NAHB also offers a directly of professionals certified in again in place remodeling (search for professionals with a "CAPS" certification.
  • The National Aging in Place Council offers resources for planning to age in place, including those focused on housing, finances, transportation, health, and social engagement.                                                     

State Housing Information & Resources

  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Resources provides information about public housing, rental assistance programs, emergency housing, and other state resources to help you find safe and secure shelter. 
  • Massachusetts Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is a funding mechanism to disburse state and federal funding resources for tenants and landlords to avoid evictions and maintain household stability throughout the COVID-19 emergency.
  • COVID Eviction Legal Assistance: Tenants and landlords may be able to access free legal and mediation services offered through the Eviction Diversion Initiative.
  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership is statewide public non-profit organization that supports and finances affordable housing. It works in concert with the Governor, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the state's other quasi-public housing organizations.
  • MassHousing is an independent, quasi-public agency that provides finances for affordable housing in Massachusetts. MassHousing partners with more than 100 lenders to make affordable loans available to Massachusetts homebuyers.

Fuel Assistance

  • State assistance: the Massachusetts Fuel Assistance Program helps eligible households pay their heating bills during the winter/spring season.  
  • Burlington Residents (under 55 years), can contact Youth and Family Services at 781-270-1961.
  • Burlington Seniors (55 years and older), can contact the Council on Aging at 781-270-1950.
  • Burlington Veterans (regardless of age), can contact Veteran Services at 781-270-1959