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.
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.
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:
- Avalon Burlington
- Eaves Burlington
- Heritage at Stone Ridge
- The Huntington
- Kimball Towers
- Northwest Park (units coming soon)
- The Residences at Simonds Park
- The Reserve at Burlington
- Seven Springs
- The Tremont at 3rd Avenue
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
- https://www.mass.gov/topics/affordable-housing 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.
- https://www.mass.gov/topics/affordable-housing 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