Rents to be affordable to lower income and formerly homeless residents
The former St. Kevin's School campus in Dorchester has been transformed by the Archdiocese of Boston's Planning Office for Urban Affairs into Uphams Crossing, a new 80-unit permanent affordable housing community for low-income residents.
MassHousing contributed a total of $2.5 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
"All of us are acutely aware of the plight of the homeless," said Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who presided over a recent ribbon-cutting event with Mayor Marty Walsh.
"This is going to provide affordable housing to 80 working families, of which 24 were formerly homeless," said Mayor Walsh. "This is a compassionate and value-driven community. We are creating affordable housing across this city and it's a priority. Uphams Crossing shows us why we have to stay committed," he added in reference to the fact that 3,500 people applied for the 80 apartments.
There are two components: Uphams Corner Residential (47 units) and St. Kevin's Residential (33 units). Uphams Corner Residential involved the demolition of the former St. Kevin's School and the new construction of 47 affordable units, of which 12 will be set aside as permanent housing for formerly homeless and vulnerable families.
St. Kevin's involved the demolition of one building on the school campus and its replacement with townhouses and the rehabilitation of another building with an additional floor built. Of the 33 units, eight will be reserved for formerly homeless families.