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Frequent Questions

Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by our constituents. Just start by following one of the links below. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. We house and support 41 low-income adults, most of whom have disabling conditions. Details here.

  2. You’re encouraged to get to know us and get involved in the following ways: Visit and take a tour. Subscribe to the Cogswell Chronicle. Take action on policies that affect our residents and people like them. Volunteer. Make a donation. "Like" and "follow" us on social media.

  3. By giving to Cogswell Hall, you fund everything it takes to house and support 41 low-income adults. You provide them with a comfortable, secure, permanent home with case management, emotional support, family-like meals, and help in setting and pursuing life goals. You ensure they are served by skilled social workers, cooks, housekeepers and a small administrative staff. In all these areas, you cover the gap between what we receive from other sources and what the work actually costs. Click here for examples of your gift's impact.

  4. Single, low-income adults who are not full-time students are eligible to apply to live at Cogswell Hall. Click here for full details and an application form. The maximum income is 60% of Average Median Income. There are two exceptions. (1) Just under half of our rooms are reserved for people who are both homeless and disabled as defined by the federal government. (2) For a limited number of our rooms, we can waive the minimum income requirement if you receive the federal Shelter Plus Care housing subsidy, administered locally by Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN).

  5. To apply to live at Cogswell Hall, complete and submit an application. Click here for the form, which also lists required documents and background checks and describes waiting-list policies.

  6. What are the living quarters like?

    Each resident lives independently in an individual apartment. Each has a bed, desk, chair, small refrigerator, microwave oven and private bathroom. All residents have access to common spaces throughout the building, including a parlor and library, activity rooms, floor lounges, computer stations, exercise area, and CogsMart, our small, in-house store. Three meals a day are served in our family-style dining room. These may be purchased on meal plan or a la carte with “kitchen cash” from our business office.

  7. How much does it cost to provide housing to one person at Cogswell Hall?

    $1,850 per month is the actual cost of providing a furnished room with private bath, including heat, air conditioning, electricity and access to common areas (described above), plus case management and support provided by professional social workers and other staff members. Most residents pay somewhere between $165 and $620 of that; some pay less. The difference must be raised from a combination of government funds and foundation, corporate and individual donations.

  8. What kind of medical supports are provided at Cogswell Hall?

    We are not a nursing or assisted-living facility; we do not have doctors, nurses, therapists or health aides on our staff. However, our Supportive Services staff does work with each resident to create an individualized services plan, which may include health and medical goals. Our social workers offer emotional support, intervene during a crisis, provide advocacy and link individuals with outside resources. Many residents receive help from community mental health agencies, doctors and visiting nurses. Voluntary educational programs are offered on a wide range of topics, such as managing diabetes or heart disease, healthy eating and smoking cessation.

  9. Where does the funding for Cogswell Hall come from?

    In 2015, our revenue was $847,810. We received 32.6% of that from the Women's Philanthropic Union (our founders), 15.7% from rent, 14.6% from government grants, 10.3% from community foundations and trusts, 9.1% from service fees, 5.3% from fundraising events, 4.5% from corporations and individuals, 0.9% from interest and dividends, and 6.9% from miscellaneous other sources.

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