Boston Housing Authority

Special Initiatives

Special Initiatives 

Making Connections

In February 2014, Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly began a joint initiative called Making Connections: Linking BHA elderly and persons with disabilities with community services, to better connect BHA elderly and disabled residents with needed services. This initiative is a response to the 2013 budget cuts that reduced BHA’s resident services program in elderly and disabled housing. 

This effort involves conducting a door-to-door survey of more than 4,300 elderly/disabled public housing households to identify service needs in the household. After the surveys are completed, the Commission will follow up on specific needs while BHA compiles the aggregate data linking needs to service providers within the buildings for elderly or disabled residents. 

So far, the program has reached out to over 1,000 households and received survey responses from 30% of those households. The program will continue through July 2014 to support healthy, independent homes for BHA residents. 

In addition, the Mayor convened the Elderly and Disabled Housing Service Committee to review industry best practices in resident services and make recommendations to the BHA. Their recommendations will be released later this year.

Early Learning Center at Bromley-Heath

Bromley-Heath is getting an exciting new addition – the Early Learning Center, a classroom style learning center for children and family services. The Center is expected to open by summer 2014, and will provide early education, parent learning opportunities and support, and comprehensive family health care coordination and prevention. 

The Center will be located at the Bromley-Heath public housing development in Jamaica Plain, in a sprawling 20,000-square-foot indoor learning center and 14,000-square-foot outdoor learning and play area. More specifically, the Learning Center will feature a community-based lab school for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; out of school programs for children ages 5 through 8; outdoor adventure playscapes, gardens, a teaching kitchen; offices and conference rooms for family social service providers and healthcare coordinators from partner agencies; and a multipurpose room and special events. The Learning Center is expected to serve 175 children and 1,000 families each year through weekend and evening programs. The Learning Center will also serve as a professional development hub for early educators from throughout Boston and eastern Massachusetts.

Developed by Associated Early Care and Education through a partnership with BHA, the Learning Center is funded by a $5 million grant received by BHA from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, $1.5 million from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, along with substantial private funding raised by Associated Early Care and Education. The BHA is also providing the land for the Center at a rental cost of $1 per year.

Sustainability at BHA

As the largest landlord in the City of Boston, Boston Housing Authority (BHA) recognizes the importance of promoting sustainable communities. Learn about BHA's sustainable initiatives and Strategic Sustainability Plan, which focuses on Community Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation and Sustainable Operations.

Amory PACE Center

The Amory PACE Center is a comprehensive service center and residential apartment complex for frail elders and persons with disabilities. The recent $4 million renovation at 125A Amory Street resulted in a full-service center for elderly and disabled residents over the age of 55. The Center is operated by the Upham’s Corner Health Center through its Elder Service Plan-PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for Elders). PACE is a community-based, comprehensive initiative providing medical, adult day health and supportive care for frail elders that allows them to remain living independently in the community rather than in a nursing home. 

Whittier Choice Neighborhood Initiative

The Whittier Choice Neighborhood Initiative is an effort by HUD to develop comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize distressed housing and transform neighborhoods. The goal is to improve the lives of area residents by creating safe streets, better access to quality educational and job opportunities that promote family self-sufficiency, a healthier environment and vibrant mixed-income/mixed-use communities. This project will address needs of the surrounding Lower Roxbury neighborhood and, most importantly, establish an Opportunity Consortium to link residents to quality education, health, and job opportunities in the area.