Affordable Housing


Total Development Cost: $19 million
Total Units: 44
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2023

The project is located at 71 Middle Street in Gloucester, which is currently the home of the Cape Ann YMCA. The YMCA of the North Shore is constructing a new Cape Ann YMCA facility on Gloucester Crossing Road in Gloucester. Once the new facility opens, the Y will move all of its operations there and the building at 71 Middle Street will be vacant. The Y intends to demolish this building and construct a new building with 44 one-bedroom apartments for seniors age 62 and older. One hundred percent of the units will be affordable. There will be a local preference for up to 70% of the units and a preference for veterans for five units subject to DHCD approval. The new construction building will have a partially underground parking level with three floors of residential above.

The project will offer an extensive menu of supportive services for seniors. SeniorCare, Inc., a federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and an Aging Services Access Point or ASAP in Gloucester will provide an on-site Resident Service Coordinator (RSC) who will connect the seniors to resources (Meals on Wheels, home care, transportation to medical appointments and more), help them to apply for public benefits (Social Security, food stamps etc.) as well as plan social events and educational trainings. Depending on the resident’s needs and desires, the RSC can also connect them to the Rose Baker Senior Center for additional social activities or with Element Care, a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) center in Gloucester for those seniors who want to live in the community but need enough assistance to qualify for nursing home care. Together, these three organizations will offer a tiered system of care to meet multiple levels of need. In addition, the RSC will collaborate with the Cape Ann Office of Veterans Services to provide connection to resources for the veterans living at the project. The YMCA will also offer memberships to all residents and will work with local transportation to give residents access to its new facility where the seniors will be able to participate in health and wellness and community activities.


Total Development Cost: $20 Million

Total Units: 160

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2022

Affirmative Investments is serving as development consultant to Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) on their Simon C. Fireman Expansion Project which will create an additional 45 service-enriched senior affordable one-bedroom units constructed as a wing of the current 160-unit Section 8 property in Randolph, MA. This will be the first new affordable housing developed in Randolph in many years and will be designed to meet Passive House energy standards. Residents living at the current and new property will benefit from a robust resident services package, which includes fitness programs, nutritional assistance, life enhancement programs and HSL’s highly recognized R3 program. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2022.


Total Development Cost: $3 Million

Total Units: 10

Completion: October 2020

The Falmouth Housing Corporation along with Affirmative Investments have development the 10 units of workforce housing at 587 Gifford Street, in Falmouth. All the units are one-bedroom, in an effort to serve the community of year-round single workers on Cape Cod, for whom finding quality affordable housing is a significant challenge. This project is phase one of a two-phase development which will in total include 20 one-bedroom workforce housing units on site. Phase one is proposed as two buildings, one two floor six-unit building, and one two-floor four-unit building. The FHC owns the land on which this project was developed as it is part of a larger site that houses 36 affordable units that the FHC built and continues to manage.


Total Development Cost: $14 Million

Total Units: 40

Anticipated Completion: August 2020


Total Development Cost: $7.3 million

Total Units: 21

Opened: 2004