Section 14: Supportive Housing – North Shore & Cape Ann

Supportive Housing – North Shore & Cape Ann

The Supportive Housing Initiative was developed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (Elder Affairs) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to create an “assisted living like” environment in state funded public elderly/disabled housing. By pooling resources that are currently being invested by an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and a housing authority in an existing development, frail, low-income elders have an opportunity to access a model of affordable supportive housing that promotes independence and aging in place.

Program Administration/Service Delivery

Case Management – The Supportive Housing Program is administered through regional ASAPs in collaboration with the local housing authorities. In order to participate in this program, a Case Manager from the local ASAP must assess the elder. The assessment will determine whether a resident is eligible for services offered at the housing complex. The resident, family members (if appropriate) and the Case Manager will develop a service plan that would meet the resident’s needs. Case Managers are responsible for monitoring the service plan on an as needed basis. In addition to case management services which are provided to Home Care clients, the site may utilize a Service Coordinator who is on-site approximately 20 hours per week to assist any resident with accessing community services (e.g. help a resident apply for Food Stamps).

Supportive Services – Supportive services are provided by an Elder Affairs approved personal care vendor agency. Each site has a designated vendor who will be responsible for providing personal care, medication reminders and house cleaning.

24 Hour On-site Service – Under the supportive housing environment, all of the residents, whether Home Care clients or not, can access assistance at any time of the day. This service is designed to respond to unscheduled resident needs as well as to monitor residents who need scheduled assistance.

For specific details and applications instructions for local Supportive Housing sites, contact the North Shore/Cape Ann Supportive Housing Sites below.

North Shore/Cape Ann Supportive Housing Sites

McPherson Park

Gloucester Housing Authority
PO Box 1599
Gloucester, MA 01931

Caggiano Plaza

Lynn Housing Authority
1 74 South Common Street
Lynn, MA 01905

McGee House

Lynn Housing Authority
1 74 South Common Street
Lynn, MA 01905

Steele House

Melrose Housing Authority
24 Mystic Street
Melrose, MA 02176


Peabody Housing Authority
75 Central Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Charter Street

Salem Housing Authority
27 Charter Street
Salem, MA. 01970

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