The Bower, BPDA Income Restricted apartment rentals, in the heart of Fenway. These apartments are featuring thoughtful design, rich landscapes, stunning views, and unparalleled amenities.
Wi-Fi at Pool and Clubhouse
Pet Play Area
Pet Washing Station
Car Charging Station
Media Center/Movie Theatre
Tree-filled, historic, and packed with colleges, there's no other neighborhood quite like Fenway — and that's before mentioning the legendary Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The name "Fenway" actually refers to the parkway and the tree-filled green space — part of the Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted — that meanders through the neighborhood. The Fenway opened in 1876, and its route includes the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum.
You may notice an abundance of students in Fenway. That's because this dynamic neighborhood is filled with colleges and universities: Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Harvard Medical School, the Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, Wheelock College, Boston University, and Emmanuel College are all packed into Fenway.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED / PROCESS
Please note, this is not a lottery. Applications for The Bower are processed on a first come, first served basis, as apartments become available.
If there is no current availability, applications are added to the waiting list and initially reviewed upon receipt to ensure completion and proper documentation only. Applications will then be reviewed for eligibility when they are reached on the waiting list.
Applicants will be emailed upon receipt of their application and upon each application review. Please check your email regularly.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY / AVAILABILITY & ELIGIBILITY
The Bower is a mixed-income community offering BPDA affordable apartment rentals. Eligibility and income restrictions apply. Find current availability and income limits in the table below.
Minimum income limits apply unless the household receives mobile housing assistance (including, but not limited to: VASH, Section 8 and MRVP).
- Program: Boston and Planning Development Agency (BPDA)
- Number of income-restricted apartments: 27
- Apartment sizes: Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom
- ADA accessible apartments: N/A- Built out for persons with mobility and deaf/hard of hearing impairments
- Maximum Income limits: 70% AMI (Area Median Income)
- Asset limit: 70% AMI: $75,000 Asset Limits do not include retirement but do include the assessed value of real estate owned by applicants. For households in which all members are over 65, the asset limit is $250,000 (including retirement).
Current Rental Availability
|Property||# Beds||Rent||Minimum Income||Income Limit (AMI)||Units Available|
|Alta Oxbow - 55+||1-Bedroom||$1,919||$57,570||80%||1|
|Wellington at 1301||Compact 3-Bedroom||$1,682||$50,460||70%||1|
|Wellington at 1301||Compact 2-Bedroom||$1,502||$45,060||70%||3|
|Wellington at 1301||Compact 1-Bedroom||$1,326||$39,780||70%||1|
|256 Washington St.||1-Bedroom||$1,414||$42,420||80%||1|
|256 Washington St.||2-Bedroom||$1,863||$55,890||80%||1|
|32 Harris St.||1-bedroom||$2,101||$63,030||80%||1|
|Reserve at Burlington||1-Bedroom||$2,120||$55,968||80%||1|
|Ellington Metro West||2-Bedroom||$1,671||$50,130||80%||3|
|Ellington Metro West||3-Bedroom||$1,927||$57,810||80%||1|
|The Overlook at St. Gabriel’s||2-Bedroom||$2,931||$87,930||150%||1|
|The Overlook at St. Gabriel’s||1-Bedroom||$2,371||$77,310||150%||1|
|The Overlook at St. Gabriel’s||Studio||$2,204||$66,120||150%||1|
|55 West 5th||2-Bedroom||$2,426||$72,780||100%||2|
|Viridian||2-Bedroom||$2,426||$78,500 to $112,150||100%||1|
|Viridian||1-Bedroom||$2,136||$78,550 to $112,250||100%||1|
|Fenway Triangle||2-Bedroom||$2,931||$98,150 - $140,200||120%||1|
|Waterstone at Lexington||1- Independent Living||$2,983.33||$59,666.60||80%||12|
|Waterstone at Lexington||2- Independent Living||$3,356.66||$67,133.20||80%||6|
|Waterstone at Lexington||1- Assisted Living||$3,915 1 Person HH, $4,475 2 Person HH||1 HH $58,725 | 2 HH $67,125||80%||3|
|7Ink||Single Room Occupancy (shared 2-4 bedroom apartments)||$1,078||$32,340||70%||31|
|321 Washington St.||1-Bedroom||$2,101||$63030||80%||1|
|660 Washington St.||1-Bedroom||$2,577||$98,150||120%||2|
|The Bon||Micro Studio||$1,130||$33,900||70%||46|
|The Bon||Micro Studio||$1,984||$59,520||120%||3|
|The Bon||Compact 1-Bedroom||$1,326||$39,780||70%||7|
|The Bon||Compact 1-Bedroom||$2,319||$69,570||120%||3|
|The Bon||Compact 2-Bedroom||$1,502||$45,060||70%||6|
|The Bon||Compact 2-Bedroom||$2,638||$79,140||120%||3|
BPDA Income Limits for 2022
|Household Size||70% AMI||80% AMI||90% AMI||100% AMI||110% AMI||120% AMI||150% AMI|
INCOME & ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS / FAQ
How is my income calculated?
The household income is calculated based on the gross income of the household. Commissions, bonuses and other regular payments are included and considered part of the gross annual income.
I didn’t file taxes last year. What do I need to provide?
Individuals or households who did not file taxes must provide a verification of non-filing from the IRS in lieu of a tax return. To obtain the verification of non-filing, applicants should fill out a 4506-T form and file it by mail or hand-deliver it to an IRS office. The IRS will mail back a letter of verification which must be provided with the income materials given to the marketing agent. See the IRS website to download a 4506-T form.
I received a pay raise between the time I picked up an application and the time I was income certified and now I am over the income limit. What do I do?
Income is calculated at the time the applicant submits an application to the lottery agent, not during the application process or at the time of the lottery. Eligibility must be maintained from the time of the application pick up until after income certification verification. Unfortunately, if an applicant’s income is over the income limit, the applicant will not be eligible for the particular unit for which they applied.
I have children in school/college, how does this affect my application?
Income from children in school/college under the age of 18 is not considered towards the income of the household.
Are student loans considered income?
Student loans are not considered income and may not be used to income qualify.
I am separated from my spouse, does this affect my application?
Legally married couples shall both be considered part of the household, even if separated. Applicants with additional questions regarding this policy must speak with the marketing agent/seller.
I would like to appeal a decision regarding income eligibility. How do I appeal? Applicants who are rejected will receive a rejection letter in writing and will be given 7 days for the opportunity to appeal the decision.
PROPERTY & COMMUNITY QUESTIONS / FAQ
What utilities are included in the rent? Gas, and trash. Is the stove electric or gas? Electric Is the washer/dryer included? Yes, electric Is parking available? Yes, – rates will be determined by a 3rd party parking manager Is storage available? Yes, approx. $50/month What is the pet policy? Dogs and cats allowed; up to 2 per unit Is there a monthly pet fee? Yes, Cats: $35/. Dogs under 40 pounds: $75/. Dogs over 40 pounds: $100/. If you have questions about this property, please contact us.