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Boston invests $67 million into affordable housing projects across the city

February 17, 2023

Mayor Wu

GBH News story

A 110-year-old decaying church, a former convent and a shuttered bank are among several existing structures that will benefit from an infusion of cash from the city of Boston to become mixed-income housing.

Those and 14 other projects around the city will create or preserve more than 800 income-restricted housing units, with $67 million from the Mayor’s Office of Housing, the Community Preservation Fund and the Neighborhood Housing Trust, Mayor Michelle Wu announced Thursday.

“This is exactly what we want to see all across the city: treasured community spaces maintained and even expanded in the uses that match the needs of our community today,” Wu said.

Wu made the announcement in front of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Jamaica Plain — one of the sites slated to receive the funds — to a group of affordable housing developers, community organizations, city councilors, and members of the Hyde Square Task Force, which owns the church.

The 17 projects span eight neighborhoods and will total 802 units of mixed-income housing that will all meet the Mayor’s Office of Housing standards for zero-emissions buildings. The housing will include rentals for families and also create homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. Roughly 20% will be income-restricted housing for seniors.

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