Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $227 Million in Awards to Create, Preserve Nearly 2,000 Housing Units Update 06/21/24

Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $227 Million in Awards to Create, Preserve Nearly 2,000 Housing Units

Governor Maura Healey and Housing and Livable Communities Secretary Ed Augustus joined local officials and housing developers from across the state to announce the 2024 Affordable Housing Development Grant Awards. A total of $227 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidies will support the creation or preservation of 1,874 rental units across Massachusetts. 

“These awards are one of the most effective tools our administration has to increase the development of housing that is affordable for people across the state,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Along with our Affordable Homes Act, we’re working to lower the cost of housing across Massachusetts to benefit our families, businesses and economy.”

The projects include a total of 1,731 affordable rental units for residents making less than 60% of area median income (AMI), with 480 units set aside for residents making below 30% AMI and often experiencing homelessness. 

"These funds are an important step for spurring affordable housing development in our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “We want a Massachusetts that’s affordable, accessible and resilient so that everyone can afford to work, live and build their future here.”

This is the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities’ largest annual grant award that supports the development of affordable rental housing units statewide. The total investment includes, $27.1 million in 4% federal tax credits, $12.1 million in 9% federal tax credits, $44.5 million in state tax credits and $143.4 million in state subsidy funds.

“Today’s awards are critical in creating more affordable and livable communities across Massachusetts,” said Housing and Livable Communities Secretary Ed Augustus. “I want to thank Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll for their leadership on housing and for working incredibly hard to ensure everyone can afford a home, no matter your income. These 27 affordable projects will make our Commonwealth more vibrant, accessible and equitable.”

In addition to analyzing how these projects met the state’s housing goals, the Administration carefully evaluated the green, sustainable and climate resilient aspects of every application to ensure that all projects selected for awards will help further the state’s climate objectives.

Held at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, Massachusetts, the Administration showcased the new construction Waterhouse project that will serve the disability community. Constructed by WinnDevelopment, the Waterhouse project will receive federal and state low-income housing tax credits and subsidy funds. The project will create 116 units, with 93 affordable, including 17 deeply affordable below 30% AMI.  

“Danvers has done more than most communities to stimulate affordable housing development that meets the needs of its residents, but whether these efforts are enough to make housing security a reality for all members of our community remains an open, and vexing, question,” said Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha.  “As such, local officials are lucky to have Governor Healey and her team as a partner, prioritizing housing development as mission critical to the success of the Commonwealth.”

“Today’s award provides a major boost for the housing project proposed by the partnership of New England Homes for the Deaf and Winn Development. Adding low-income housing for Deaf and Deafblind seniors to our campus is in keeping with, and enhances, NEHD’s mission. We are honored to have been selected, we thank Governor Healey and Secretary Augustus, and we are excited to begin work on this important project,” said Stephen Sacco, Chairman, NEHD Board of Trustees.

“The planned expansion of housing at the New England Homes for the Deaf (NEHD) is proof that community officials, property owners, developers and neighbors can work as partners to deliver housing for those who need it – in this case, seniors who are deaf, near-deaf, and/or deaf-blind. We are grateful for the Healey Administration’s support for this project and for its leadership in tackling the state’s housing issues head on,” said WinnDevelopment Executive Vice President Adam Stein.

The projects receiving awards are:

10 Sunnyside Avenue - Arlington

Total units:  43 all affordable, including 11 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

95 Everett – Boston (Allston)

Total units:  88; with 73 affordable units; including 18 deeply affordable units below 30% AMI

247 Hancock – Boston (Dorchester)

Total units:  47, with 35 affordable, including ten deeply affordable below 30% AMI

4200 Washington Street – Boston (Roslindale)

Total units:  31, with 27 affordable, including seven deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Paco East Boston Refinance – Boston (East Boston)

Total units:  111, with 76 affordable, including 22 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Parcel 25/3 – Boston (Mission Hill)

Total units:  94 all affordable, including 19 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Residences at 1471 Blue Hill – Boston (Mattapan)

Total units:  41 all affordable, including 12 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Spring Rock Village - Brewster

Total units:  45, with 35 units, including eight deeply affordable below 30% AMI

142 Main - Brockton

Total units:  30, with 20 affordable to families, including five deeply affordable below 30% AMI

4 Mellen – Cambridge

Total units:  29 all affordable; including 12 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Pine Tree Village - Carver

Total units to be preserved:  185 all affordable, including 93 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Waterhouse 4%/9% - Danvers

Total units:  116, with 93 affordable, including 17 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Treehouse at Easthampton - Easthampton

Total units:  60, with 55 affordable to households, including eight deeply affordable below 30% AMI

The Putnam - Greenfield

Total units:  61 all affordable to families, with 13 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Marriner Mill 4A – Lawrence

Total units:  72 all affordable, with 16 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

La Casa - Lynn

Total units:  40 all affordable, including 10 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

YWCA at Ingalls Court Phase II - Methuen

Total units:  48 all affordable, including 16 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Casillis Farm - New Marlborough

Total units:  11 affordable to families, including three deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Henry T. Wing School Residences II - Sandwich

Total units in Phase II:  41, with 35 units affordable to seniors, including 11 deeply affordable to seniors below 30% AMI

299 Broadway - Somerville

Total units:  115 all affordable to families, including 16 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Bow Linden - Somerville

Total units:  60 all affordable units for households, including 18 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Clarendon Hill Phase II - Somerville

Total units in phase II:  92 all affordable, including at least 12 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Northern Heights - Springfield

Total units to be preserved/rehabilitated:  148 all affordable, including 19 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

Village at 801 Main - Wareham

Total units:  eight all affordable, including three deeply affordable at 30% AMI

Colony on Grove - Worcester

Total units:  45 all affordable for seniors, with 13 deeply affordable below 30% of AMI

Curtis Apartments - Worcester

Total units:  150 new units in seven new buildings; 150 units affordable, including 79 deeply affordable below 30% AMI

LaGrange Lofts - Worcester

Total units:  63 units, with 40 affordable to families, with nine deeply affordable below 30% AMI 

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