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Mary Ellen McCormack

10 Kemp Street, South Boston, MA 02127



Public Housing - Federal Family

How to Apply:
Click here to access our online and mail-in applications, or visit The John F. Murphy Housing Service Center, 56 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111

Welcome to Mary Ellen McCormack.

10 Kemp Street, South Boston

Mary Ellen McCormack is the BHA's oldest development, located opposite the beach in South Boston. Mary Ellen McCormack offers 1014 one, two and three bedroom apartments in 22 three-story buildings and 152 row houses. Constructed in the 1930s, Mary Ellen was the first public housing development in New England and it remains one of the largest. Originally called Old Harbor Village, the complex was renamed after the mother of John W. McCormack, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who fought for housing and human rights. Rents are calculated at 30% of a resident’s income. Residents have the option of choosing a flat rent as well.


Mary Ellen McCormack is located in South Boston near many businesses and services. Near the complex are a Stop & Shop, Star Market and Flanagan’s Market. A variety of attractions are in the area as well, including the John F. Kennedy Library at Columbia Point, Castle Island, Carson Beach and Curley Recreation Center. Columbia Park, a large city recreational facility with ball fields, a playground and a basketball court is located across the street - walk through the park and you are at the beach. The University of Massachusetts is a ten-minute walk away. Several churches are located nearby also.

Health care is available nearby at the South Boston Health Center, and a short bus/car ride away at Boston University Medical Center. The Gieger/Gibson Health Center is close by on Dorchester Avenue.


The Andrew Square and JFK/UMass MBTA stations are both within walking distance of the complex. These stations provide access to the Red Line. Bus service is available at Andrew Square to Cambridge along Mass Avenue, to the Longwood Medical area and to Logan Airport. A free shuttle service is available to Andrew Square station and another shuttle bus provides easy access to the South Bay Shopping Center.

Programs and Services:

Mary Ellen McCormack offers a wide range of amenities, programs and services to help you feel at home, including:

  • Professional full-time staff including 3 managers 3 management aides, 2 maintenance superintendents and more
  • Resident custodian who responds quickly to emergencies
  • Sterling Square, located in the center of the development, serves as the site for summer concerts and family events
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Active resident task force
  • Senior center
  • Some units have front yards, private entrances and basements

Please call us at (617) 988-5074 if we can answer any questions or be of assistance to you. 

*Some programs and services may change depending on funding and the needs of the residents.


Carpet: No

On-Site Laundry: No

Resident Services Coordinator: No

Smoke Free: Yes

Structure Type

Bedroom Sizes

Wheelchair Bedroom Sizes

Row or Townhouse Bedrooms Number Bedrooms Number
1 413 1
2 445 2 1
3 156 3 1
4 4
5 5
6 6

Region: F II

Staff Details: Bob MacGregor

Charlene Walker

Wanda Gonzalez

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