Frequently Asked Questions About HCP Housing Programs

FAQ Family Housing Senior Housing Senior Supportive Housing
What are the program basics?
Multi-family style homes are owned and/or managed by Harborlight Community Partners. Your household income must be at least $32,400 to qualify. Apartment complex and units are managed by Harborlight Community Partners.   For 1 person, the maximum income limit to qualify is $32,950. There are 35  units managed by Harborlight Community Partners.   For one (1) person, the maximum income limit to qualify for one of 31 rent restricted units is $41,100.   There are also 4 unrestricted units with no income limit.
Where are HCP units located?
Our family units are predominately in Beverly.   We also have 4 units in Marblehead and 4 units in Hamilton. Our Turtle Woods and Turtle Creek units are located in Beverly and Whipple Riverview Place is in Ipswich and Pigeon Cove Ledges and Rockport High School Apts. located in Rockport. Harborlight House is located in Beverly at 1 Monument Square.
How can I get an application?
You can call 978-922-1305  ext.202 to request an application, or download an application online at www.harborlightcp.org, under Family Housing. You can call 978-922-1112 for Turtle Creek/Turtle Woods, call 978-922-1305 ext. 202  for Whipple Riverview, call 978-546-7410 for Pigeon Cove,  978-546-7482 for  Rockport High School Apts., or go to www.harborlightcp.org, under Elderly Housing. You can call 978-927-2121×20 to request an application, or download an application online at www.harborlightcp.org, under  Supportive Housing.
What is the least that I can earn and still be eligible?
Based on bedroom size, you must earn at least  3 times the monthly rent amount. There is no minimum earnings. Through income or other support (i.e. SSI, subsidy, etc.) tenants must be able to pay for the unit rent.
What is the most I can earn and still be eligible?
Residents can earn up to 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) based on the household size. Turtle Creek, Turtle Woods and Whipple residents can earn up to 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) based on the household size.   Pigeon Cove and Rockport High School Apt.  residents can earn up to 80% of Area Median Income based on household size. Residents can earn up to 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or a rent restricted unit.   There is no income limit for the other 4 units.
What are the age requirements at each housing option?
No age requirement. Turtle Creek: 62+, or mobility impaired (benefit from a mobility adapted unit)
Turtle Woods: 62+
Whipple Riverview Place: 62+
Pigeon Cove & Rockport High School Apts.: 62+ or disabled
62+
Regarding eligibility, do you give priority to particular groups?
No, applications are considered on a “first come, first served” basis, according to admission date. Applications are considered by application date and income limit.   Preference is to income limits below 30% of area median income. Applications are considered by application date and income limit.   Applicants must be at least 62 years old.
Must I pass a criminal background check to qualify?
Yes, as well as a credit check. Yes, as well as a credit check. No, but a pre-admission assessment by our service coordinator is required.
If I qualify, how soon will I receive housing?
The waiting list varies from 6 months to 1 year, depending on number of bedrooms and how many families are waiting. The waiting list varies from 6 months to 1 year, depending on number of bedrooms and how many people are waiting.   Mobility adapted units have a waiting period of at least 5 years. The waiting list varies from 0 to 6 months.
When is the wait list open?
Harborlight Community Partners continually reviews applications. Harborlight Community Partners continually reviews applications. Harborlight Community Partners continually reviews applications.
How much will my rent be?
Rent will be lower than most market rate rentals.   Rent varies by number of bedrooms and other factors.     Two bedrooms start at $900. Rent is 30% of your adjusted gross income. Rockport High School Apts. has 7 units at market rate. Rent is based on the unit selected and is currently $685, $776, $1,027, or $1,370.   Services including meals, housekeeping, laundry, personal care, etc. are available for an additional fee starting at $1,900 per month.
Could my monthly rent vary during my annual lease term?
No. Rent stays the same throughout our annual lease term.   It is not tied to changes in your income.   It may change at lease renewal. Your rent amount stays the same unless there has been a change in income.   All income changes must be reported immediately to the management office. The rent amount stays the same during the term of the lease.   The   service fee could change if you need more or less personal care services.
What types of   housing subsidies, vouchers, credits are accepted?
Section 8 vouchers Turtle Creek, Turtle Woods, Whipple Riverview Place and Pigeon Cove are project based vouchers. Section 8 vouchers and PACE
What size units are available?
We offer 1 to 4 bedroom units. We offer 1 and 2 bedroom units. We offer studio units with private baths.
What is accessibility for someone who is disabled?
At this time, we do not have any handicap accessible family units. We can provide reasonable ADA accommodation. Turtle Creek, Turtle Woods, Whipple Riverview Place and Pigeon Cove are all ADA compliant with mobility adapted units. 10 units at Turtle Creek, 4 units at Turtle Woods, one unit at Whipple Riverview Place and 4 units at Pigeon Cove and Rockport High School Apts. Building is accessible and 4 units are adapted for wheelchairs and visual/hearing impairments.
Are there limitations regarding   family size for family housing? I.e., family of 4 or more in 2 BR?
Boards of Health have strict square footage rules. No more than a family of 4 in 2 bedroom.
Is there an unit washer/dryer or on site?
Varies. We are attempting for coin-ops in all our family housing. Our elder housing has coin-operated washers and dryers. Laundry services are included.
Are pets allowed?
No. 1 pet is allowed. No.
Can you have sleep over visitors and are there limits? I.e., Grandkids visit for week.
Visitors cannot stay for more than 27 consecutive days. Visitors cannot stay for more than 27 consecutive days. Sleep over visitors are allowable for short stays (i.e. less than 2 weeks)