This past week Mount Pleasant Home and the Jamaica Plain Development Corporation received the good news from the office of Representative Jeffrey Sánchez that the Department of Housing and Community Development had committed over $7 million combined to their affordable housing developments.
The funding is part of the state’s commitment of $80.5 million in support of rental housing developments across the state. Though the funding has been committed to a variety of projects serving low and moderate income residents in Massachusetts, the only Boston developments to receive funding are located in Jamaica Plain.
The Jamaica Plain projects include the redevelopment of the Blessed Sacrament campus along Centre St. by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development, and the renovation and expansion of the Mount Pleasant Home along South Huntington Avenue.
MA State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez was notified on Tuesday by the Department of Housing and Community Development that all of the Boston developments are located within his district in Jamaica Plain. “I am pleased that two projects I have advocated for and strongly support will receive this crucial funding. Both projects show a commitment to increasing housing that is affordable within Jamaica Plain, a resource that will certainly benefit the community”, said Sánchez.
The Blessed Sacrament redevelopment, which will receive a little over $5.6 million, will provide approximately 85 affordable units. The project has gone through an extensive community process since the purchase of the former Blessed Sacrament Parish from the Archdiocese of Boston by the JPNDC and New Atlantic Development Corporation. The community process has resulted in a development that maintains a commitment to mixed-income housing, community-based commercial opportunities, open space and the preservation of the campus’ significant historic buildings.
The Mount Pleasant Home renovation and expansion will receive $1.4 million. The nonprofit organization with a mission to serve older women and men who have limited housing options is expanding the number of residents they serve from 44 to 60 and increasing their affordable units to 38. “Many of the current residents of Mount Pleasant Home were born before Social Security and had careers and raised families prior to portable pension plans and IRAs. They are from diverse backgrounds domestic and abroad. They have made this city their home and contributed to make Boston what it is today. The $1.4 million will allow us to enhance the services residents already receive from us, while giving us the opportunity to serve more individuals”, noted Executive Director Merlin Southwick.