Senior Housing Developments – State Aided

Eligibility

To be eligible for the State Aided Senior Housing Developments (Chapter 667 program) applicants must meet the following criteria:

Elderly applicants: At least 60 years old
Income: All applicants are subject to an income limit which is a gross income of less than 80% of the median income for the area. Currently the income limits are (effective April 1, 2018):

One person: $50,350
Two people: $57,550

Application

To apply for elderly housing please complete and submit an application form. The application can be downloaded here, or can be obtained from our office at 10 Wilson Street, Chelmsford.

Selection
On receipt of the application, each applicant will be assessed and qualified. Qualified applicants will be entered onto the waiting list and will be selected by date of application with a preference given to local Chelmsford residents and veterans.

Those applicants deemed to be ineligible will be notified by mail and will have a right of appeal.

Chelmsford Arms – 1 Smith Street, Chelmsford
Over 70 residents reside in the 64-one bedroom units in this development. The site has a weekly meals program provided through the dietary services of the Chelmsford Council on Aging. Clustered homemaking services are offered through a partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley allowing residents access to home making services seven days a week if necessary. There is a beauty salon on-site and public transportation available through the Lowell Regional Transportation Authority www.lrta.com.

McFarlin Manor – 10 Wilson Street, Chelmsford
Over 60 residents now reside in the 50 one-bedroom units and 1 four-bedroom Transitional Congregate Apartment. Residents enjoy a weekly luncheon provided through the dietary services of the Chelmsford Council on Aging. Clustered homemaking services are offered through a partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley provide services which allows residents access to home making services seven days a week if necessary. There is an on-site beauty salon. This development is located in Chelmsford Center with stores and restaurants within walking distance. There is also access to public transportation through the Lowell Regional Transportation Authority www.lrta.com.

Delaney Terrace – 8 Sheila Avenue, North Chelmsford
This elderly / disabled development is home to over 50 residents that reside in 47 one-bedroom apartments and 1 four-bedroom Transitional Congregate Apartment. The close proximity to the Chelmsford Senior Center allows for a high quality of life. Delaney Terrace is part a Supportive Housing Site created through a partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. This development has a 24-hour on call homemaker that can provide laundry, grocery shopping as well as other supportive services. There is a full time Resident Service Coordinator, on-site wellness checks, meals program, free prescription delivery, full service hair salon and senior yoga. The development is in close proximity to the Chelmsford COA / Senior Center which serves lunch daily to seniors. There is also access to public transportation through the Lowell Regional Transportation Authority www.lrta.com.

Housing for non-elderly disabled
Chelmsford Housing Authority has designated 13.5% of its state-funded apartments as housing for the disabled, and a portion of these units are handicapped/wheelchair accessible.

Congregate Housing
The Transitional Congregate Housing Program was created to prevent those individuals residing both in the community and in housing from prematurely entering Long Term Care Facilities and also to provide opportunities for those individuals residing in a Long Term Care Setting to return to the community with enhanced supports.

The Chelmsford Housing Authority has committed to assisting the Transitional Congregate resident to move from this setting to an apartment within its system when the resident is able to live independently.

When the Chelmsford Housing Authority and the Resident Service Coordinator assess individuals for this program they must consider that the ultimate goal of the program is to return the individual to an independent living situation within a finite amount of time.

Currently the time commitment is one year. Within that time frame all parties work together to create a plan that will return the resident to independence.

The success of this program consists of 4 key factors: The resident, the coordinator and the Housing Authority and the Service Provider.

Services Include:

  • Homemaking and Personal Care Services
  • Emergency Response Services
  • Adult Day Health
  • Certified Services

In the Transitional Congregate setting, the Resident Service Coordinator works with the Chelmsford Housing Authority to:

  • Manage the units
  • Act as conduit with the housing and other involved staff.
  • Work with the resident and their formal and informal supports to complete and provide all required client documentation to the Chelmsford Housing Authority.
  • Assist residents with arranging services such as telephone and cable.
  • Assist residents with a smooth transition back to independent living with supportive services at the Chelmsford Housing Authority.

For more information on Transitional Congregate Housing please contact:

Loriann Gatta, Supportive Services Manager
Phone: 978-256-7425 Ext 90

Elderly Housing Developments – Federally Aided

Eligibility
To be eligible for the Federal 202 program applicants must meet the following criteria:

Elderly Applicants: At least 62 years old

Income: All applicants are subject to an income limit which is a gross income of less than 50% of the median income for the area. Currently the income limits are (effective April 1, 2018):

One person: $36,900
Two people: $42,200

Application

To apply for federally funded elderly housing please complete and submit an application form. The application can be downloaded here, or can be obtained from our offices at 10 Wilson Street, Chelmsford.

North Village at Crystal Lake, 20 Sheila Avenue, North Chelmsford
The Chelmsford Housing Authority and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. partnered to create this development that serves over 50 low-income seniors. The Chelmsford Housing Authority serving as the management agent for North Village. All Care Adult Day Health Center is located at this development and is open to residents of the Chelmsford Housing Authority as well as the Greater Chelmsford community. This development has a 24 hour on-call homemaker that can provide laundry, grocery shopping as well as other supportive services. There is a full time Resident Service Coordinator, on-site wellness checks, meal program, free prescription delivery, full service hair salon and senior yoga. The development is in close proximity to the Chelmsford COA / Senior Center which serves lunch daily to seniors. This is a senior only development.

North Village is located on an easily accessible bus route and buses run hourly through the development.

Village at Mystery Spring, 67 Tadmuck Road, Westford
The Westford Initiative for Senior Housing (WISH), a non-profit organization and owner of this property, was formed exclusively for the purpose of creating the Village at Mystery Spring.  This development serves over 36 low income seniors.  The Westford Housing Authority is the on-site property manager and the Chelmsford Housing Authority is the management agent for the Village at Mystery Spring.  This development has an on-site Resident Service Coordinator who works with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley to coordinate supportive services.   The Westford Council on Aging provides transportation through its Road Runner service and offers numerous programs for seniors at the Westford Senior Center. The development houses a full service hair salon and its location is within close proximity of shopping, restaurants and medical facilities.

The CHOICE Center, 19 Sheila Avenue, North Chelmsford
The (CHOICE) Center is an affordable rental housing development for elders aged 62 years or older.   The Choice Center is managed by the Choice Housing Opportunities for Intergenerational and Community Endeavors, Inc., a non-profit organization of the Chelmsford Housing Authority.  This new development consists of 37 units:  32 one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units.

The two-bedroom units recognize the changing definition of senior housing.  This definition includes:  elderly parents caring for a disabled adult child; two elderly siblings living together to support each other; a senior person caring for his or her elderly parent; an elderly couple, one of whom would otherwise have to be placed in a long-term care facility causing a severe economic hardship; a resident requiring a live-in medical aide.

The CHOICE Center is located on an existing campus that has both state and federal housing programs as well as within close proximity to the Chelmsford Senior Center.   The available services on this campus include 24-hour on-call emergency care, vendor-contracted homemaking services, an on-site service coordinator, a brown bag food program, free prescription delivery service, a foot care clinic and a full service beauty salon.

Applicant Requirements:

  • The head of household must 62 years of age or older.
  • The entire household’s income must be below the maximum allowable.
  • The household must be of the appropriate size.
  • Income Requirements:

The affordable rental units are classified in two categories:

  1. Subsidized (rental assistance): Tenant rent is subsidized through a federal subsidy program where residents only pay 30% of their income towards the contract rent.  Residents will only pay for their phone, internet and cable television.
  2. Unsubsidized (unassisted): Tenants pay the full contract rent.  Currently, the contract rent is $ 994 for one bedroom unit and $1,194 for a two bedroom unit.   Residents will only pay for their phone, internet and cable television.  Section 8 voucher holders are welcome.

Applicants must meet the following income requirements for both subsidized and unsubsidized units:

Maximum Allowable Income Requirements for a Subsidized Unit (rental assistance):
One Person Two Person Three Person 4 Person
$36,900 $42,200 $47,450 $52,700
Maximum Allowable Income Requirements for an Unsubsidized Unit (no rental assistance):
One Person Two Person Three Person 4 Person
$44,280 $50,640 $56,940 $63,240