Jamaica Plain, December 2014, Housing

back of the hill

back of the hill apartments, jp (sonya kovacic)

back of the hill apartments, jp (sonya kovacic)


Back of the Hill Apartments is a 125-unit elderly property located in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA that was developed in 1980 to meet the housing needs of elderly and handicapped persons of low and middle incomes. Comprised of an eleven story steel-frame/dryvit exterior constructed building, the unit includes 99 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units and 6 three-bedroom units, of which 100% are subsidized by a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments contract regulated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City of Boston's Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston put together a report titled "Aging in Boston."

By 2030, as many as 130,000 seniors are projected to reside in Boston (as many as 20% of Boston residents).
Nearly 6 out of 10 Boston residents age 60 and older are women.
In absolute numbers the largest senior population resides in Dorchester, with nearly 16,000 seniors; indeed, nearly one out of five Boston seniors live in Dorchester.
Racial diversity within the senior population will increase.
Seven out of ten seniors live in a building with two or more families, and half of seniors live in housing units that were built before 1940 (which is difficult for seniors that have limited mobility).
The vast majority of Boston seniors live in the community, with only 4% living in nursing homes; however, nursing home residence is considerably more common among residents age 80 and older (12%).
The Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Boston is a useful indicator of the financial resources needed for an older adult age 65 or older to live independently in Boston. The Index value for 2011 was $29,100 for single renters and $40,584 for couples who rent. Comparing these Index values to the incomes that Boston seniors living independently actually have indicates that 75% of Boston seniors age 65 or older, and 52% of elder couples, have incomes below these thresholds.


You can read the "Aging in Boston" report here.