27% of housing subsidized in Jamaica Plain compared to 21% overall within the city of Boston
Boston, MA, June 24, 2011 – I am proud to report that Jamaica Plain has one of the highest amounts of subsidized and affordable housing units within the city of Boston according to Evelyn Friedman, the Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development. From 2001 to 2011, over 1251 units of housing have been built or are in construction in Jamaica Plain with 708 of these units becoming affordable housing and 668 of those 708 being City Assisted Developments. These developments have secured many families within Jamaica Plain a place to call home. With the down turn of the economy many residents have been able to afford home rentals or even home ownership because of the high numbers of subsidized and affordable housing with the Jamaica Plain community.
Out of the total 6,011 subsidized units 2,064 units are public housing and an astounding 3,947 are private affordable housing units. These subsidized units are bought by the families within Jamaica Plain and the Egleston Square area that have low or moderate incomes. These homes offer stability for the families and children that have purchased them.
Affordable and subsidized housing is an issue that I care deeply about and it is for this reason that I have filed legislation to enhance the ability of local housing authorities to serve these communities throughout the Commonwealth. This legislation will help bolster state public housing by embracing innovative approaches to preserve these community assets within Jamaica Plain and throughout the Commonwealth. This legislation also will allow the 708 affordable housing units in Jamaica Plain to explore creative financial models for redevelopment and repair any deterioration that has taken place; enhance opportunities for resident training, employment, and education; and will simplify administrative reporting and costs.
Jamaica Plain is an open and welcoming community to all who choose to live here. It is a neighborhood I am proud to serve and to call home. The amount of subsidized and affordable housing within our area is in direct correlation to how much we, as neighbors, care.