We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have. If you have a question not covered in this section, or if you would like more information, please call Riverside Village at 978-534-4522. We look forward to hearing from you!
Q: What type of housing is Riverside Village? Is it low income housing?
A: Riverside Village is an affordable housing community for singles and families. The rent is based on income and there are income guidelines as part of the qualification for admission. In some cases, residents pay 30% of their income for rent.
Q: Who pays the remainder of rent?
A: The remainder of the rent is paid in the form of a subsidy. If a resident qualifies for a subsidy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a U. S. government agency, will pay the remainder of the rent.
Q: What does the rent include?
A: Monthly rental of the apartment, water and utility allowance. A utility allowance is a certain amount taken off of the resident’s rent payment meant to help the resident pay the electric bill. The allowance amount is based on average usage for the apartment and may change annually. Residents will still receive an electric bill, but the allowance is intended to help pay for it. Residents may still be eligible for energy assistance from the state.
Q: Is there a lease?
A: Yes, the initial lease is for 12 months, which becomes a month to month lease at month 13.
Q: How many apartments are there?
A: Riverside Village has 312 apartments.
Q: How big are the apartments?
A: Due to a variety of floor plans, the square footage varies slightly for the one and two bedroom units. One bedroom apartments range from 712 – 772 square feet. Two bedrooms range from 653 – 775 square feet. Three bedrooms are 897 square feet.
Q: How do I get started with the move-in process?
A: Simply fill out an application completely, sign it and mail it to the address on the application.
Q: is there a waiting list for residency?
A: Riverside Village presently has a closed wait list for the project-based Section 8 program. For other programs, there is no wait list.
Q: What is the Security Deposit?
A: The Security Deposit is the same as one month’s full rent (before the electric allowance) with a minimum of $25. This deposit is due in full at the signing of the lease.
Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Riverside Village does allow pets. A copy of the pet policy is available upon request.
Q: Is there additional storage space available?
A: There are 4 x 4 foot storage lockers available in the office building. Available on a first come, first served basis they are offered to residents at no charge.
Q: Is there an elevator?
A: No, Riverside Village is a garden-style apartment community. There are stairs to all levels except for the handicapped accessible units.
Q: Is parking available?
A: Yes, Riverside Village offers ample off-street parking for all residents.
Q: How many keys do I receive?
A: Residents receive an apartment key, a mailbox key, and an access key to the main entry. In addition, swimming pool access cards are issued each spring.
Q: Are there any planned activities?
A: As a resident of Riverside Village you will receive our monthly newsletter which will keep you up-to-date on functions and other events at our community room.
Q: Are there on-site laundry facilities?
A: Yes, there are laundry rooms in every building.
Q: What is the garbage/recycling process?
A: Presently there is not a recycling program. However dumpsters are in the parking lots of our buildings for ease of rubbish disposal.
Q: Is there any public transportation available?
A: Riverside Village is on the local MART bus line and a short distance away from the Boston MBTA train station. School bus pick up and drop off are at a covered bus top in the center of the community.