October 21, 2017
 
Seven Mass. Nonprofits Get $20M for Supportive Housing

April 4, 2017 — Seven Massachusetts nonprofits were recently awarded $20 million in state and federal funding to create and preserve 177 supportive housing units for homeless families and individuals, veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

The funding, announced last week, will create housing that specifically targets at-risk populations, including veterans, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and formerly homeless women and families, according to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Funds will support the following projects:

Abby Kelley Foster House, Worcester, will undertake considerable renovations of the existing 53 units at Abby’s House in Worcester 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. Total funding: $3,989,000 in direct funding, state and federal low-income housing tax credits, and $ state subsidy.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring in Brockton will sponsor Montello Welcome Home II, that 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. Total funding: $3,100,000 in direct funding and state subsidy.

House of Hope in Lowell 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. Total funding: $4,200,000 in direct funding and state subsidy.

The Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea 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. Total funding: $4,725,000 in direct funding, state and federal low-income housing tax credits, and state subsidy.

Sisters of Providence in Holyoke will build a new, 36-unit supportive housing residence in West Springfield 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. Total funding: $2,500,000 in direct funding and state subsidy.

Worcester Common Ground in Worcester will substantially rehabilitate 21 Jaques Avenue to create four units of affordable rental housing for families with very-low and extremely-low incomes. Total funding: $552,000 in direct funding and state subsidy.

YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts in New Bedford will sponsor Under One Roof, which 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. Total funding: $1,001,000 in direct funding and state subsidy.

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