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, are building new affordable housing units for seniors in Dorchester! Leyland Community, an entirely new campus under construction at 9 Leyland Street and the first senior affordable housing in Upham’s Corner, will open in the early 2024. We’re eager to welcome residents to Leyland Community, which will offer affordable housing with services so older adults can live their best lives.

One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Apartments

Leyland Community will include 41 one-bedroom apartments as well as two two-bedroom apartments, each with a full kitchen, energy-efficient heat and air conditioning controls, laminate flooring, and a 24-hour emergency call as well as resident wellness checks.  All units will have handrails in the bathroom, and mobility and deaf/hard of hearing accessible units will be available. Five units will be fully accessible for individuals with mobility impairments ( (4) 1BR units and (1) 2BR unit).  One unit will be built out for persons who are deaf/hard of hearing (1BR unit). All other units are adaptable for wheelchair accessibility.

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

Environmental Sustainability

Leyland Community is being built to Passive House standards for sustainability and energy efficiency and will be partially powered by solar panels. In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, residents will 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 will be about more than just having a safe, affordable place to live. Support services are planned to 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 will provide the following services for residents:

  • Resident Service Coordination: The resident service coordinator will assist residents in accessing outside services; plan informational meetings about age-related issues, including health care topics, prescription medication programs, wellness programs and personal awareness, and more; and will work with residents and family members to plan for and assist with transition to higher levels of care as needed.
  • Multigenerational Programming: Regular programs are planned to support and encourage socialization, which promotes positive and healthy relationships among residents of all ages.  
  • Fitness Programs: Fitness programs may be available on site and at the adjacent Kroc Center. 
  • Wellness Program: Residents will have access to Hebrew SeniorLife’s research-backed R3 wellness team approach to supporting residents. All residents will be invited to participate in risk assessments, will receive assistance in accessing preventative supports, and will 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: As a Leyland Community resident, you’ll receive priority access to all 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 will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case of emergency.

How to Apply

Initial residents were selected via a lottery on April 26, 2023. This lottery was conducted in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity guidelines to ensure access for those who may traditionally have difficulty accessing affordable housing. If you would like to be added to the post-lottery waitlist, 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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