City of Boston
Department of Neighborhood Development
City Departments
Senior Home Repair

Through this program, the Boston Home Center contracts with several neighborhood-based agencies to offer eligible seniors 0% interest deferred loans for minor, moderate, and emergency home repairs.

What are the benefits?

  • Receive a 0% interest deferred loan to make important improvements to your home
  • Additional grants also available to help finance certain projects
  • Receive technical assistance from construction specialists

Who is eligible?

  • Must be at least 62 years of age
  • Must own and occupy a 1-4 family home or condo in Boston
  • Must be current on property tax payments
  • Must be current on payments to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Must have a household income that does not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • If applicant lives in a multi-family building, HUD requires that at least 50% of that building's residents be low or moderate income
  • Additional terms apply

What repairs are eligible?

Some examples of interior repairs are:

  • Replacing a leaky faucet
  • Fixing a clogged drain
  • Improvements to a bathroom
  • Repair of window cords and sashes

Some examples of exterior repairs are:

  • Painting
  • Repair or replace a porch
  • Repair or replace a roof
  • Restore a foundation
  • Repair or replace clapboards or vinyl siding
  • Replace windows

How do I apply and what happens next?

  1. Contact the agency that serves your neighborhood and arrange to have your home inspected
    Your neighborhood agency will come to your home and conduct a full inspection of necessary repairs. If there are any health or safety concerns, those repairs must take priority.
Senior Home Repair Neighborhood-Based Partner Agencies
Allston-Brighton Jamaica Plain Hyde Park Mattapan Roslindale
West Roxbury
Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC) 3313 Washington Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Tom Lynch

Dorchester (02122, 02124, 02125)
South Boston

Kit Clark Senior Center 1500 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122 617.533.9141 Leo Moss

East Boston North End
West End

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing NOAH)


143 Border Street
East Boston, MA 02128


Anthony D'Andrea

Back Bay
Dorchester (02121)
South End

South End Settlements (USES)

566 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118


Clare Garcia






  1. Apply for Senior Home Repair funding
    Please print and complete the following forms, before returning signed copies to the Boston Home Center.

Based on the inventory of repairs needed, a projected cost will be compiled. Your neighborhood agency will help you secure funding from the Boston Home Center.

  1. Complete your project
    Once you have completed all paperwork to secure your funding, your neighborhood agency will arrange to begin construction for your repair project and assist you until the job is complete.

  2. Adhere to your loan agreement
    You are responsible for paying back your Senior Home Repair loan to the city in accordance with your loan agreement. If you move, sell, refinance or otherwise transfer the property, the loan must be fully repaid at that time.

Have questions?

For more information about Senior Home Repair, call:

The Boston Home Center
Department of Neighborhood Development
Phone: 617.635.HOME (4663)

* Dollar amounts and financial assistance offers represent conditional and/or deferred loans. Primary mortgage/refinance/rehabilitation loans must be secured by the applicant.

Some programs cannot be combined.

Income eligibility and other restrictions may apply, including repair types and property location.



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