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Housing & Economic Security

What is housing with Supportive Services?

The decision to leave one’s home to move into a supportive environment is a highly individual process. Understanding the landscape of long-term care helps those facing this change feel empowered and positive about making housing choices.
Independent Living is typically apartment-style living in which one or more meals may be available to residents, as well as some activities and some other services. Personal care, if needed, may be available through in-house staff or contracted through an outside agency. Residents residing in an Assisted Living Residence that also offers Independent Living may or may not be required to move if personal care assistance becomes needed.
Assisted Living (ALR) offers a variety of services including three meals, activities, as well as personal care, such as bathing, dressing and mobility assistance and often medication management. ALRs vary in the level of care they provide but they are not able to provide medical care, such as injections, IV medications or feeding tubes. Most ALRs are private pay; however some may also offer programs, such as PACE, GAFC, or other low- to moderate-income programs for residents with limited income and/or assets.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) offer the highest level of care available as they are considered medical facilities, with a physician acting as Medical Director and 24- hour nursing. Care in a SNF may be private pay, or may be covered by Medicare for a short-term rehabilitation stay, or may be covered by Medicaid/MassHealth for long-term care if an individual has no assets with which to privately pay. Memory Care in ALRs are also considered a social (nonmedical) model.
A Memory Care neighborhood is typically either a secure area of the ALR or it may be a stand-alone ALR that only offers Memory Care. Most Memory Care units in ALRs are private pay.

Independent, Assisted Living & Memory Care In Swampscott

Bertram House of Swampscott
565 Humphrey St, Swampscott
(781) 595-1991

The Residence at Vinnin Square
224 Salem St, Swampscott
(781) 603-0099

There are many other Assisted Living communities local to the Northshore – the Swampscott Senior Center can help with information and referral for these communities, call us.

Affordable/Senior Housing

Swampscott Housing Authority
6 Duncan Terr., Swampscott
(781) 593-5516

Affordable Housing Registry
(617) 742-0820

Dept. of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge St. Ste 300, Boston
(617) 573-1100

Section 8
(617) 573-1150

Housing Assistance

Seaglass Village
A non-profit, membership organization of Neighbors Helping Neighbors with various chores and transportation that help members remain in their homes as they age in place.

Sharing Housing, Inc.
(802) 387-0487

Low Income Home Energy/Fuel Assistance Program
(Weatherization, home energy, rent, mortgage, utility assistance)
LEO Inc.
156 Broad St., Lynn
(781) 581-7220


Habitat for Humanity: Aging in Place – Essex County
14 Park St., Danvers
(978) 681-8858

AARP Homefit

Click here for a link to learn how to modify your home for safety.—aarp

CEDAC Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation
(Financial assistance to help the elderly modify homes)
(617) 727-5944

Lifebridge Emergency Shelter
56 Margin St., Salem
(978) 744-0500

Lynn Emergency Shelter
100 Willow St., Lynn
(781) 581-0739

Housing & Economic Security

Financial Resources Senior/Veteran Tax work-off program
Town Administrator’s Office
22 Monument Ave., Swampscott
(781) 596-8850 ext. 1226

Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213

National Fraud Info. Center
(202) 835-3323

American Consumer Credit Counseling
(800) 769-3571

Food resources

Lunch Program at the Swampscott Senior Center. House-prepared, affordable meals served in an inclusive, welcoming setting. Lunch is a wonderful way to meet new friends and be social.  Click here for more information about our lunches!

Anchor Food Pantry Swampscott & Nahant Residents
86 Burrill St., Swampscott
Mon 11am-1pm, Wed 6pm-8pm
Deliveries to seniors in need (781) 479-3080

Meals on Wheels – GLSS
(781) 599-0110

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP
(877) 382-2363

Senior Farmers Market Coupons

Available through GLSS – seasonal
(781) 596-8866

My Brother’s Table
98 Willow St., Lynn MA
(781) 595-3224

Lynn Salvation Army
1 Franklin St., Lynn
(781) 598-0673

Northshore Moving Market
13 Franklin St., Salem
(978) 744-2532

Salem Pantry
27 Congress St. Ste. 203, Salem
(978) 522-3954

Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry
35 Park St., Beverly
(978) 927-1561

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