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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: Baker-Polito Administration Announces $20 Million for Supportive Affordable Housing - March 29, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $20 Million for Supportive Affordable Housing - March 29, 2017

The Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $20 million in awards to seven affordable housing projects in Massachusetts, to support the creation and preservation of 177 supportive housing units for homeless families and individuals, veterans, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The awarded projects will provide affordable rental housing to extremely low-income families and individuals, and provide wraparound services to residents.

Funding for these projects includes $3.1 million from the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), a newly-authorized federal program that supports the development of affordable housing for low-income individuals and families that include supportive services. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is supporting the awarded projects through $14.9 million in state affordable housing subsidies, and 100 project-based Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) vouchers. DHCD also allocated approximately $2 million in state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to the projects.

“The challenges presented by homelessness and housing instability to families and individuals are significant,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. “Supportive services allow us to meet families and individuals where they are, providing assistance in a holistic manner to tackle the issues that stand between residents and long-term stability.”

2017 Supportive Housing Awards:

Montello Welcome Home II, Brockton

Montello Welcome Home II, sponsored by Father Bill’s & MainSpring, will create 23 new supportive housing units for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals, and provide a comprehensive package of services to help residents retain their tenancies and prevent relapse into homelessness. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, and $2.6 million in state subsidy.

242 Spencer, Chelsea

The Neighborhood Developers will revitalize a vacant building at 242 Spencer Street and create 34 new units of affordable rental housing for families. The project will include 3 units targeted to low income persons with disabilities and 8 units for formerly homeless families who will receive supportive services from Housing Families, Inc. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, $1.1 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits, and $3.125 million in state subsidy.

House of Hope 3, Lowell

House of Hope, Inc. will renovate a former assisted living facility to create 17 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless families, and provide residents with comprehensive supportive services, including education, job training, and child care services. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, and $3.7 million in state subsidy.

Under One Roof, New Bedford

Under One Roof, sponsored by the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, will renovate a building that currently houses the YWCA’s existing office space to create 8 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless or incarcerated women. Under One Roof will include a child-care facility. The project will consolidate and unify the YWCA’s administrative, program, and residential activities at one site in a state-of-the-art facility. DHCD awarded $451,000 in HTF funding, and $550,000 in state subsidy.

Hillside Residence, West Springfield

The non-profit Sisters of Providence will build a new, 36-unit supportive housing residence for elders who are homeless and at risk of institutionalization. The project will be sited on the campus of an existing elder service compound, and on-site services will be available through a federal Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operated by MERCY Life. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, and $2 million in state subsidy.

Abby’s House, Worcester

Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. will undertake considerable renovations of the existing 53 units at Abby’s House and add two new apartments, for a total of 55 units. The project will provide housing for women who have been homeless due to domestic violence, eviction, economic crisis, or unemployment, and supportive services will be offered on-site to residents. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, $989,000 in state and federal low-income housing tax credits, and $2.5 million in state subsidy.

21 Jaques Avenue, Worcester

21 Jaques Avenue is an abandoned property on a prominent corner in Worcester. Worcester Common Ground will substantially rehabilitate the building to create 4 units of affordable rental housing for families with very-low and extremely-low incomes. Two units will be targeted to households with disabilities. DHCD awarded $130,000 in HTF funding, and $422,000 in state subsidy.

For Governor Baker's press release on the award announcement, please click here.