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Everyone deserves to live in a safe, supportive environment. Whatever your needs, our Congregate and Supportive Housing options ensures you or your loved ones find comfort, shelter, and nutrition in their own homes or a friendly, vibrant community setting.

Find information about both options below:

Supportive Housing

WestMass ElderCare provides Supportive Housing in three housing sites located in Chicopee and South Hadley. Supportive Housing offers residents the following supports:

  • On-call staff available to all residents for unforeseen and unplanned personal care assistance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Lunch Program— Daily family-style gatherings offer residents hot nutritious meals, as well as an opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors.

Additional Support Services

  • Service coordination and care management
  • Regularly needed personal care and homemaking, including laundry, grocery shopping, rubbish removal and more
  • Medication reminders
  • Congregate style and home delivered meals
  • Personal emergency response systems
  • Social and educational programs


Birch Bark Place
630 Chicopee Street
Chicopee, MA 01013

Fairhaven Apartments
400 Britton Street
Chicopee, MA 01020

Hubert Place
93 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA. 01075

Residents who do not qualify for state-funded Home Care services may consult with the Resident Services Coordinator regarding available community options.

For More Information:

WestMass ElderCare Information and Referral Department 413.538.9020.

Housing Applications for Birch Bark and Fairhaven can be made to Chicopee Housing Authority 413.592.6132.

Applicants for Hubert Place Supportive Housing should call 413.539.6001 for an application.

Congregate Housing

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.


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 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.


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

Apply for Congregate Housing

Call Holyoke Housing Authority at 413.539.2228 or

WestMass ElderCare Information and Referral Department 413.538.9020