Commonwealth Land Trust acquired the Downtown Apartments in 1993 at the solicitation of the City of Boston to preserve affordable housing in the Downtown area. Comprised of three connected brownstones, this 120-unit single room occupancy building has many units reserved for formerly homeless and disabled individuals who receive on-site case management services.


In 2010, CLT received a five million dollar grant to renovate our Downtown apartments.  Click here to learn more about the Downtown Construction project.


To spread awareness of housing opportunities at the Downtown Apartments, please download our Downtown Apartments brochure.





  • Walking distance to shops, public transportation, medical centers, and parks
  • Most rooms have large windows, high ceilings, and hardwood floors
  • Each unit comes furnished with a bed, dresser, nightstand, refrigerator, and sink
  • There are eight handicapped accessible units
  • Bathrooms are shared and laundry facilities are available on site
  • An on-site food pantry provides residents with staples like canned goods, cereals, and grains





Residents benefit from the presence of two on-site medical case managers who maintain an open door policy and help residents to address their medical, social, and financial challenges. An on-site supportive housing manager is available to assist residents with tenancy-related concerns. Events and activities are held at Bowdoin Manor, including movie nights, game nights, support groups, holiday parties, a weekly coffee hour, and quarterly educational sessions featuring a guest speaker. Overnight/weekend staff provides 24-hour coverage.




To meet for a housing assessment and tour of our Downtown Apartments, please contact Teresa Perry at 617-742-4354 or