Welcome to Fern Hill Apartments

Affordable Senior Living in Burlington, VT

Fern Hill Apartments offers affordable housing for low-income seniors (aged 62 and over) and disabled adults (aged 18 and over) in downtown Burlington, VT. Residents love our rich and diverse schedule of activities and social services as well as our dedicated on-site staff. Our team is committed to supporting a healthy and opportunity-rich life for all of our residents.

Residents enjoy ice cream from the truck outside on the patio.


  • On-site Resident Services Coordinator
  • Fully Handicapped-accessible building with two elevators and six specially designed accessible units
  • Call-for-aid and live-in responder
  • Community patio and garden plots
  • Comfortable community spaces on each floor
  • First floor community spaces include:
    • Movie room with oversize TV
    • Large exercise space
    • Fireplace lounge
    • Fully equipped kitchen
  • City bus stops in front of the building
  • Heat, hot water and electricity are included
  • All units are cable/internet ready

Life at Fern Hill

Fern Hill is a vibrant and tight-knit community offering affordable one-bedroom apartments for a maximum of two residents per apartment. Residents bring their own furniture. In-unit kitchens are equipped with a stove, refrigerator and sink.

Residents enjoy a wide range of services and activities provided and/or arranged by Fern Hill’s on-site staff, including our dedicated Resident Services Coordinator. Examples include: picnics, holiday celebrations, entertainment, exercise classes, monthly resident meetings, flu and blood pressure clinics, guest speakers on health issues from a variety of social service agencies, and more.

Residents are encouraged to contribute to community life at Fern Hill, and their talents and creativity are colorfully documented in our resident produced newsletter. 

Residents dining together

Residents enjoy a potluck dinner together in our community kitchen and dining area.

Residents playing boardgames

Residents gather for a competitive game of Bingo!

Eligibility & Rent

Fern Hill is a Project-Based Section 8 Program, which requires that residents meet specific qualifications. In general, at the time of moving in, residents may have income no greater than 50% of the average median income (AMI) for Chittenden County, VT. Additionally, 40% of all new occupancies per year are reserved for residents with income at or below 30% AMI.

Rent is set at market value, but the tenant’s share of the rent, determined annually, cannot exceed 30% of the tenant’s monthly income; the rest is subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

If you would like us to mail you a paper application, or if you or a family member has a disability or limited English proficiency, and as a result require any assistance during the application process, please contact us.

About Us

Our resident bowling team in their team jerseys wirth their names printed on the back.

The Fern Hill Wii Bowling Team.

Residents relax around the fireplace after a potluck meal.

Relaxing in our fireside lounge.

A resident chooses vegetables at our onsite farmers market.

Stocking up at our on-site farmers market.

The History of Fern Hill

Fern Hill Apartments was created by The Synagogue Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit launched by our neighbor’s at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, led by Rabbi Max Wall. In 2020, the financial and legal connection between The Synagogue Corporation (Fern Hill) and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue was severed by mutual agreement of both boards. While both institutions continue to value our historical connection, Fern Hill is now fully independent.

Funding and Renovation

Our original 40-year mortgage was made possible in 1979 by the Federal Housing Act of 1959 under Section 202: Supportive Housing for the Elderly (HUD 202). This original mortgage was paid off in 2018 as part of our refinancing to enable a major renovation,  including upgrades to apartments, hallways, community spaces and the exterior. Construction was completed in 2019 with a community celebration.

Current Status & Management

Fern Hill Apartment’s Board of Directors recently re-affirmed its commitment to the Section 8 program through its renewed HAP contract (Housing Assistance Payments), which will remain in place until May, 2040.

Fern Hill Apartments is professionally managed by Maloney Properties.

Staff and residents dressed in Halloween costumes.

Holidays are always a celebration!

Residents enjoy games on the lawn.

Residents enjoy time outside with lawn games and other activities.

Contact Us

Fern Hill Apartments
214 North Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Tel: (802) 658-6442
US Relay: #711

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