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.

Two Affordable Condos for Seniors Available 

South Bedford Street aerial view

Applications are now being accepted for 2 homeownership opportunities for seniors at Grandview Commons.

Unit 110:  1 Bedroom $216,500
Unit 104:  2 Bedroom $242,500

Monday, January 23, 2023 – Application period opens
Monday, February 13, 2023 by 1pm – Application period closes
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – 2pm Lottery

Applicant Qualifications Include:
Eligible households must have one person aged 62 or older
Income Limit: 80% of area median income
(1 person- $78,300, 2 person- $89,500, 3 person- $100,700, 4 person- $111,850)
Asset limit for this development is $$600,000
Applicants must be ready purchasers

Download the applicationor call the Town Administration at 781-270-1600 for more information.

Fourth Avenue Affordable Apartments

COMING 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 anyone who is income-eligible. 

The public are invited to an informational open house and luncheon on February 8, 2023, from 11am to 1pm at The Huntington, 20 Second Ave in Burlington. There are guest parking spaces to the side and in front of the building, in the rear parking lot, and at Wegmans. There will be signs to direct you to the proper location. 

RSVP if you are planning to attend by emailing gtangredi@nordblom.com

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

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

Housing Needs Assessment 

In Burlington, it has become increasingly difficult to find an affordable place to live. Home prices and rents have skyrocketed, young families aren't able to get a toe-hold in the market, we have a wide racial disparity in homeownership, and seniors looking to downsize have little to no options to stay in our community. 

The new Burlington Housing Needs Assessment is a comprehensive overview of our town's housing situation. The Housing Partnership Committee is grateful to everyone who joined us for focus groups, our townwide forum last Spring, and/or filled out the online survey to share their housing experiences. If we work together, we can address our town's housing challenges and continue to make Burlington a welcoming and equitable community.

Watch the video below for the 5 Key Findings in the report or read the full report

Housing Resources

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