Leyland Community in Dorchester: New Affordable Housing for Seniors

Learn more about the first senior affordable housing in Upham’s Corner.

Affordable Living in a Neighborhood You Know

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC), a neighborhood-based Minority Business Enterprise organization, and Hebrew SeniorLife, New England’s largest nonprofit provider of senior health care and living communities, have partnered to build new affordable housing for seniors in Dorchester! Leyland Community is an entirely new campus at 9 Leyland Street and the first senior affordable housing in Upham’s Corner. We are eager to welcome residents to Leyland Community, which offers affordable housing with services so older adults can live their best lives.

One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Apartments

Leyland Community includes 41 one-bedroom apartments as well as two two-bedroom apartments, each with a full kitchen, handrails in the bathrooms, energy-efficient heat and air conditioning controls, laminate flooring, and a 24-hour emergency call as well as resident wellness checks. The community includes an apartment built for persons who are deaf/hard of hearing as well as apartments that are fully accessible for individuals with mobility impairments. All other units are adaptable for wheelchair accessibility.

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In addition to the apartments, amenities include two elevators, a first-floor community room with a kitchenette, a bike room, a library/community space, and a laundry room that is connected to a south-facing outdoor roof terrace.

Environmental Sustainability

Leyland Community is built to Passive House standards for sustainability and energy efficiency and is partially powered by solar panels. In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, this means that residents enjoy a comfortable air temperature in every season and a constant supply of healthy, fresh air. 

Benefits of Living at Leyland Community

Life at Leyland Community is about more than just having a safe, affordable place to live. Support services keep you healthy, active, and engaged and to ensure that you can continue to thrive in your neighborhood through services like health guidance, nutrition counseling, and social activities. As one of Hebrew SeniorLife’s supportive housing communities, Leyland Community provides the following services for residents:

  • Resident Service Coordination: The resident service coordinator assists residents in accessing outside services; planning informational meetings about age-related issues, including health care topics, prescription medication programs, wellness programs and personal awareness, and more; and works with residents and family members to plan for and assist with transition to higher levels of care as needed.
  • Multigenerational Programming: Regular programs support and encourage socialization, which promotes positive and healthy relationships among residents of all ages.  
  • Fitness Programs: Fitness programs are available on site and at the adjacent Kroc Center. 
  • Wellness Program: Residents have access to Hebrew SeniorLife’s research-backed R3 wellness team approach to supporting residents. All residents are invited to participate in risk assessments, receive assistance in accessing preventative supports, and have access to health education and wellness programs.
  • Transportation: Leyland Community is conveniently located near bus and subway lines. 
  • Access to Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuum of care: Leyland Community residents receive priority access to all of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Harvard Medical School-affiliated services, including those offered at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham, plus our in-home care services and the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health
  • Facilities staff: Staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case of emergency.

How to Apply

Leyland Community is a senior supportive housing community subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Residency is open to all age- and income-qualified persons in accordance with the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, and familial status. Anyone wishing to apply must complete paperwork and meet specific requirements.

Income Qualification

The local Section 8 Income Limits apply to Leyland Community and applicants must meet specific income restrictions to be eligible for housing.

Current Federal median income limits (gross) for eligible applicants are as follows:

Income Limits1 Person2 Persons
30% AMI$34,260$39,180
50% AMI$57,100$65,300
60% AMI$68,520$78,360

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for future openings, please apply through the process below.

Download the application below or request an application be sent to you by contacting us at 781-986-3409 or LeylandCommunity@hsl.harvard.edu.

Download Application  

Once complete, you can submit your application in the following ways: 

Email: LeylandCommunity@hsl.harvard.edu.  

Mailing address:
Leyland Community c/o Simon C. Fireman Community
640 North Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368

For more information or if you or a family member has a disability or limited English proficiency, and as a result need assistance completing the application and/or require any assistance during the application process, please call 781-986-3409/ Relay #711 or email LeylandCommunity@hsl.harvard.edu

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