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Congregate Housing

True Companionship is Never Far Away

Congregate Housing is a housing option for elders and persons with disabilities. While there is not 24-hour staffing, supportive services are available as needed to provide assistance with activities of daily living. Often, Congregate Housing is the answer for someone who is unable or unwilling to live alone, but does not need the full time care of a nursing or rest home. The Congregate Housing Program is funded by the Executive Office of Communities and Development and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and is a joint project of the local Housing Authoritites and WestMass ElderCare.
Congregate Housing


To be eligible for Congregate Housing, an individual must be:
  • Age 60 or older or an adult under age 60 with a disability
  • Meet income guidelines for a rental housing subsidy. Tenants pay 30% of net monthly income for rent
  • Able to function independently with supportive services
  • Interested in the social interactions of a shared living environment.


The Holyoke Congregate Housing Program is a residential, shared living arrangement for 20 individuals. It is a housing option which fosters independence, provides supportive services, allows privacy and encourages companionship.

To Apply for Congregate Housing

Call Holyoke Housing Authority at (413)539-2228 or WestMass ElderCare (I&R) Information and Referral Department (413)538-9020


Holyoke Congregate House, completed in 1995, features a 2-story colonial building located on the grounds of the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, near Route 91 and the Ingleside Mall of Holyoke.
  • Private bedroom with kitchenette and private half bathroom
  • Shared full shower bathrooms
  • Shared living room, dining room, kitchen, library, crafts room, laundry
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioned
  • Open porch
  • Barrier free rooms
  • Supportive Services from home care and community resources including:
    • Homemaker
    • Transportation
    • Personal Care Assistance
    • Grocery Shopping
    • Meal Plan
    • Adult Day Health & Social Day Care
    • Casemanagement
    • Home Health Services
    • Emergency Response System