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 Board of Selectmen 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.

Housing Needs Assessment 

At the September 2021 Town Meeting, members voted to approve an independent housing needs assessment, proposed by the Housing Partnership Committee. Such an assessment has never been done in Burlington; it will provide an overview of our town's demographics and trends, current housing inventory, and housing needs, and will serve as a guide to develop equitable housing policies, budgets, programs, and strategies.

Since last fall, the town has hosted community focus groups, a townwide forum, and fielded a housing survey for residents to gather information about the town's housing needs. The final Housing Needs Assessment report will be completed and released this summer. 

Watch a BCAT story about the Housing Needs Assessment.

Housing Resources

Assisted Living in Burlington
Each property contains affordable housing units; contact property directly for information.

Multifamily Housing Burlington 

These two affordable housing rental developments are for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, please contact the Burlington Housing Authority:

  • Birchcrest Arms

  • Tower Hill Apartments

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 preventive home modifications to people with mobility issues and other disabilities to improve accessibility, reduce falls, increase independence and facilitate aging-in-place. Safe at Home is designed to improve aging-in-place outcomes for low-income older adults through the modification of their home environment to meet their specific needs.

  • The National Association of Home 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 directory of professionals certified in aging-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 financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. MassHousing partners with more than 100 lenders to make affordable loans available to Massachusetts homebuyers.