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Senior Housing - Resources for Jewish Seniors in Greater Boston

General Housing Information

Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street
Suite 401
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-742-0820
Fax: 617-742-3953

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is a non-profit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities in Massachusetts.

CHAPA's core activities span four main areas - Housing Advocacy, Research, Community Education and Training, and Coalition Building

They publish a Housing Search Guide which can be used by seniors as well as those with disabilities.

Click here to download the guide

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Phone: 617-624-6000

Click here to view the Nursing Home Report Card and the Nursing Home Satisfiction Survey. 

Helpguide: Life Over 50
Senior Housing Options

Life Over 50 section in Helpguide describes the different housing options: nursing homes, assisted living, independent living, and retirement communities.

Helpguide has collaborated with Harvard Health Publications, the consumer health publishing division of Harvard Medical School. Some of the articles listed in this section have been adapted from Harvard Health Publications and added to the Helpguide site as free educational supplements. In addition, smaller excerpts from Harvard Health Publications have been inserted into Helpguide articles to enhance these articles.The collaboration takes place without an exchange of funds.


Jewish Family & Children's Service
Long Term Care Ombudsman
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-647-5327

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is a free service provided to nursing home residents and their families in the suburban areas west of Boston including Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. A corps of trained volunteers and program staff visits residents in 30 nursing homes on a weekly basis.

JF&CS has been under contract with Springwell, the west suburban Aging Service Access Point, to administer the program since 1983. It is part of a network of ombudsman programs in Massachusetts that are federally mandated and funded by the Older Americans Act

For more information on Ombudsman programs across the state, please call Age Info at 800-243-4636 or view Massachusetts Long Term Care Ombudsman. For specific consumer information on choosing a nursing home or rest home, please click here.

Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association
460 Totten Pond Road
Suite 600
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-622-5999
Fax: 781-622-5979

There are descriptions of each assisted living residence in alphabetical order, listing the services and amenities included. Inclusion in this directory does not represent any form of accreditation by Mass-ALFA. The residence listings with full pages are members.

Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
One Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-854-1000
Fax: 617-854-1091

MassHousing is an independent authority that was created by the Massachusetts state legislature in 1966 to finance the creation and preservation of affordable housing. They make loans to real estate developers and apartment complex owners to build new units or rehabilitate exisiting ones. MassHousing does not manage the properties so any contact would be made to the direct management or property company.

For the purpose of this listing, we direct you to the MassHousing Rental Housing List. Properties are arranged by city/town and contain the following information: site address, management company, and apartments by number of bedrooms and type (family, elderly, accessable).

Call the number above for your own copy or print out from link.

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
125 Lincoln Street
Fifth floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617- 859-0400

Their mission is to ensure that the region’s low- and moderate-income individuals and families have choice and mobility in finding and retaining decent affordable housing. 

They serve homeless, elderly, disabled, and low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Boston and 32 surrounding communities.

Use the Programs link on their web page to view more details.

MIT Workplace Center
The Family Caregiver Handbook
One Broadway
8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-253-7996
Fax: 617-452-2199

The Family Caregiver Handbook: Finding Elder Care Resources in Massachusetts has a chapter on Housing Resources in the State of Massachusetts.

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place
Room 517
Boston, MA 02108

The Office of Elder Affairs offers a free 29-page Consumer Guide for assisted livings. The table of contents will help you determine what part of this document you wish to explore.

The Office of Elder Affairs certifies Assisted Living Residences in Massachusetts and offers the Assisted Living Ombudsman Program to provide advocacy, information, and complaint resolution to consumers. Please click here for more information on Assisted Livings in Massachusetts.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) are available in Massachusetts.  The Office Of Elder Affairs does not oversee CCRC's because they are not required to obtain assisted living certification. Elder Affairs has dedicated a sub-category on their website to guide consumers.  Click here to learn about financial considerations, health service options and a list of settings in Massachusetts. 

The Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and local housing authorities manage some Supportive Housing settings in state funded public elderly/disabled housing environments.  Click here to read more about the these "assisted living like" settings. 

The Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and local housing authorities manage some Congregate Housing settings in the state.  Click here to read more about these options and services provided. This list is not exhaustive of options in the state as some are managed by free standing organizations.

Councils on Aging (COA)  in a town often will provide local listings of resources.  Councils on Aging also have wonderful programing, often an outreach worker, office hours for a SHINE counselor, volunteer opportunities and transportation services. The EOEA has a listing of all Councils on Aging in the state. Click here for this list. 

The Pioneer Network

The Pioneer Network is a group of elders, family members, healthcare professionals, researchers, advocates, and others working to transform traditional institutions and practices for the elderly into communities in which each person's capacities and individuality are affirmed and developed.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Care Financing Administration
Nursing Home Checklist

Before you visit a nursing home or rehabiliation center, please look at this Nursing Home Checklist, print it, and bring it with you. This guide will help you know what to look for while you are visiting. The checklist is in section 4, pages 27 through 32 .Please click here to view the Nursing Home Checklist.