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Monday, January 24, 2022

麻州、波士頓市合作 牙買加平原將建202戶可負擔住宅

             (Boston Orange 編譯)波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu),麻州州長查理貝克 (Charlie Baker)和非營利的住宅組織社區建造者 (The Community Builders)”,新英格蘭最大的劉民服務機構松街客棧 (Pine Street Inn)”合作,24日宣佈新建202戶公寓的工程,已經開動了。

            這一建造大型支持性住宅的項目,早於20193月公佈,預定2023年末竣工,將在牙買加平原 (Jamaica Plain)的華盛頓街3368號,為需要可負擔及穩定住宅者提供202個公寓單位。

            波士頓市長吳弭表示,一旦竣工,這將是波士頓市內最大型的支持性宅項目。

            在這202個可負擔住宅中,有140戶公寓會保留給目前無家可歸的流浪人,62戶為收入或租金有限制的單位。

            竣工後的物業將由社區建造者管理,該機構的社區生活小組將為居民提供或轉介服務。松街客棧將為140戶入住流民提供支援性服務。波士頓住宅局 (BHA)將為這一土地發展計畫發出156張以項目為基礎的憑證 (PBV),包括要發給脫離流民生活者的140張憑證。

            華盛頓街3368號項目的資金來源十分多元,包括來自麻州住宅及社區發展局的700萬元,美國銀行的5000萬元低收入住宅抵稅優惠 (LIHTC),以及6000萬元的建築融資,麻州互惠壽險公司的2000萬元貸款,3000萬元免稅橋接融資,波士頓市市長的住宅辦公施提供1600萬元,150萬元的社區保存法經費,來自HYM投資集團的500萬元連鎖金,麻州發展 (MassDevelopment)要在4%LIHTC債券融資中提貢5000萬元以上,麻州政府提供150萬元,可以產生980萬元效果的低收入住宅抵稅優惠,社區經濟發展援助公司 (CEDAC)會提貢400萬元的住宅創新資金,以及來自波士頓醫療中心和Robert Wood Johnson基金,從健康社區基金中的加速投資來的100萬元。

             這一建築計畫還有波士頓的回家之路基金資助。該基金在美國銀行捐助支持下,提早2年達到募資1000萬元目標。自由互惠保險,麻州Brigham總醫院,麻州互惠壽險,薩福克護理 (Suffolk Cares)等機構也各捐了100萬元。在這些資金之外,松街克戰的總體住宅擴建計畫是由Yawkey基金會的大型補助款支持。

             華盛頓街3368號在拆除現有建物後,預定蓋成有5層樓高,約144000平方英尺的綜合用途樓噢,一樓是辦公室及倉庫,上面的樓層為居民住宅。華盛頓松街公司 (Washington Pine LLC)將是業主。松街客棧將簽署服務條約,並租用一樓的13000平方英尺辦公室面積。

            薪樓宇將有21個殘障人士單位,包括有2個移動障礙的18個感覺有障礙者單位。整棟樓也有13戶套房,4戶一睡房,1戶兩睡房公寓。

MAYOR MICHELLE WU, GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER, PINE STREET INN, AND THE COMMUNITY BUILDERS ANNOUNCE THE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON THE LARGEST SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN BOSTON

New development in Jamaica Plain will provide more than 200 units of housing for working families with support services for individuals moving out of homelessness
BOSTON -Monday, January 24, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu, Governor Charlie BakerThe Community Builders (TCB), a leading nonprofit housing organization, and the Pine Street Inn (PSI), New England’s largest homeless services agency, are proud to announce that construction has started on the largest supportive housing development in Boston at 3368 Washington in Jamaica Plain, which once completed, will provide 202 apartments. This is a major milestone during a time of critical need for increased housing in the City of Boston, especially for those facing the challenges of affordability and stability. The plans for the project were announced in March 2019, and the building is due to be completed in late 2023.

"This project, with units for individuals moving out of homelessnessand wrap-around support services, is a significant step towards ending homelessness in the city,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Once complete, these apartments will represent the largest supportive housing development in the city, delivering stable, affordable homes to those who require it most. I'm thankful to the community and all our partners who helped make this development possible."

When the new development is complete, it will create 202 units of affordable housing, of which 140 apartments will be reserved for people who are currently experiencing homelessness, and 62 apartments will be income or rent-restricted apartments for families. The property will be managed by TCB, with programs and services for residents provided by TCB’s Community Life team, trained to connect families to healthcare, education, and employment.  Additional supportive services for the 140 units for those moving out of homelessness will be provided by PSI. The Boston Housing Authority will be providing 156 Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) to the development, including all 140 units designated for individuals moving out of homelessness.
 
“Housing with support services that will help people rebuild their lives is how we will end homelessness,” said Pine Street President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie. “Breaking ground on what will be the largest housing development of its kind in Boston to date, brings us one step closer to reaching the goal of ending homelessness. This could not come at a more critical time, as we grapple with a pandemic and housing crisis in the city. We look forward to housing 140 of Boston’s most vulnerable individuals and providing them with the wraparound services they need to thrive. We are so grateful to the Jamaica Plain community who voiced such strong support for those who will be moving into this building.”

“We are providing rental housing that working families can afford and supportive housing many individuals need, steps away from public transit in the heart of Jamaica Plain,” said Bart Mitchell, president, and CEO of The Community Builders. “We look forward to working with the community and our project partners to make this development a vibrant platform for educational and economic opportunity, where every resident can thrive. We are proud to make this development a model for creating permanent supportive housing at scale, with long-term services and sustainable design. This new approach to affordable housing addresses Boston’s most pressing needs.”

The 3368 Washington Street project received a diverse combination of public, private philanthropic support to finance the building construction, property operations, and resident services.  Major project funders include $7 million of funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; Bank of America is providing over $50 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity and over $60 million in construction financing. Barings/Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is providing over $20 million in permanent loans as well as over $30 million in tax-exempt bridge financing, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Housing is providing more than $16 million of funding, including $1.5 million from the Community Preservation Act and $5 million of linkage funding from The HYM Investment Group;  MassDevelopment is providing over $50 million in 4% LIHTC bond financing; the Commonwealth is providing $1.5 million of State Low Income Housing Tax Credits which generate $9.8 million in equity; the Community and Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) is providing $4 million of Housing Innovation Funding and $1 million from its Accelerating Investments in Healthy Communities fund, courtesy of Boston Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The project was funded in part through the Boston’s Way Home Fund, started by the City of Boston to create permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. The Fund reached its $10 million goal two years ahead of schedule with lead donations from Bank of America, which helped launch the Fund, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Mass General Brigham, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), and Suffolk Cares, each of which committed $1 million. In addition to these funds, Pine Street Inn’s overall housing expansion is being supported by a major grant from the Yawkey Foundation. 

The development of the five-story building includes demolition of the existing building and new construction of a five-story, approximately 144,000 square foot mixed-use building with first-floor office and warehouse space and residential units on the upper floors.  The project will consist of 202 residential units, with 140 studio supportive housing apartments and 62 family units. A total of 156 units will be subsidized with Project-Based Vouchers awarded through the Boston Housing Authority, consisting of 111 traditional PBV and 45 Mainstream vouchers. Pine Street Inn, Inc. is the Project Sponsor and 51% member of the Managing Member and TCB is the 49% Managing Member. The Owner, Washington Pine LLC, will enter into a long term services contract with Pine Street Inn to provide daily twenty-four hour intensive supportive services at the property for the 140 supportive housing units and Pine Street and the Owner are establishing a supportive service reserve funded with proceeds from the sale of the property, the Boston Way Home Fund, and operating cash flow. Pine Street Inn will also lease approximately 13,000 square feet of office space on the first floor of the building. 

The new building will also include 21 mobility impaired units and 18 sensory impaired units, 2 of which will also be mobility impaired units.  The apartments will include 13 studio apartments, 4 one-bedroom apartments, and 1 two-bedroom apartment. Of the mobility and sensory impaired units, there will be 1 three-bedroom mobility-impaired apartment; 13 studio apartments, 2 one-bedroom apartments, and 1 two-bedroom sensory impaired apartments; 2 studio mobility/sensory impaired apartments; and 12 of the 13 mobility and sensory impaired units are supportive housing studios. The architect for the new development is RODE Architects, a Boston-based design and architecture firm.

About the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH)
The Mayor’s Office of Housing is responsible for housing people experiencing homelessness, creating and preserving affordable housing, and ensuring that renters and homeowners can obtain, maintain, and remain in safe, stable housing. The department develops and implements the City of Boston’s housing creation and homelessness prevention plans and collaborates with local and national partners to find new solutions and build more housing affordable to all, particularly those with lower incomes. For more information, please visit the MOH  website.

About the Department of Housing and Community Development 
The Department of Housing and Community Development oversees a diverse portfolio of programming, including affordable housing development, rental assistance programs, the Emergency Assistance Program for eligible homeless families, funding for more than 240 state-aided local housing authorities, and provides tools and funding for municipalities and planning agencies across the state. 

About the Boston Housing Authority
The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is a public agency that provides subsidized housing to low and moderate-income individuals and families. In addition to conventional public housing communities throughout Boston, BHA offers rental assistance programs. BHA receives federal and state funding to provide housing programs to individuals and families. BHA’s mission is to provide stable, quality affordable housing for low and moderate-income persons; to deliver these services with integrity and mutual accountability, and to create living environments that serve as catalysts for the transformation from dependency to economic self-sufficiency.

About The Community Builders, Inc.
The Community Builders (TCB) is one of America's leading nonprofit housing organizations. Our mission is to build and sustain strong communities where all people can thrive. Our mission-driven businesses work with partners to develop, finance and operate residential communities, neighborhood amenities, and opportunity initiatives for families, seniors, and adults with disabilities. 

Since 1964, we have advanced housing equity through award-winning affordable and mixed-income communities and our pioneering Community Life model for resident success. Today, anchored by offices in Boston, Chicago, Columbus, New York, and Washington, D.C., we own or manage over 13,000 apartment homes across 15 states and Washington D.C. www.tcbinc.org.
 
About Pine Street Inn
Supporting over 1,400 individuals daily, Pine Street Inn is the largest homeless services provider in New England. Pine Street’s programs include permanent housing, job training, emergency shelter, and street outreach, with a goal of moving individuals off the street, out of the shelter, and back to home and community.
 
With a housing retention rate of 95%, PSI’s strategy to scale up supportive housing builds on the success of its current program, which includes 850 tenants in buildings it owns, leases and/or manages in Boston and Brookline, as well as rental units throughout Boston. www.pinestreetinn.org.

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