Developed by the Pine Street Inn in cooperation with the town of Brookline, new supportive housing features 30 enhanced single-room occupancy units
The Pine Street Inn and the Town of Brookline recently cut the ribbon for 51-57 Beal Street, which converted two former lodging house buildings in Brookline into 30 units of supportive enhanced single-occupancy housing just down the street from the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy.
The project involved the gut rehabilitation of the two buildings which now house formerly or at-risk homeless men and women.
MassHousing provided $1 million for the new housing from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF), which MassHousing manages on behalf of the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Other funding sources included the use of state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the Town of Brookline, DHCD, the Federal Home Loan Bank and Eastern Bank.
Among those speaking at a recent ribbon-cutting event were the late president's grandnephew Joseph P. Kennedy III – who lives in the neighborhood; MassHousing Executive Director Tim Sullivan; officials from the Town of Brookline; Kate Racer from DHCD and others involved in the financing of the project.
"Thank you on behalf of the tenants and all who will call this home," said Rep. Kennedy. "We've created a shift in how we are dealing with homelessness."
Sullivan, also a Brookline resident, commended the Pine Street Inn and the town for seeing the project through.
"It's hard to get this type of project done but it is really important housing," he said. "It's important to prevent homelessness with this type of housing but also to create support services for the residents. Housing opportunities change lives."
There will be on-site case management for the residents with access to support services including counseling, health care and job training. The Pine Street Inn provides permanent supportive housing for 900 men and women in greater Boston.
Resident Joseph Joy said he was humbled to be able to live on Beal Street close to where he grew up and close to his mother who he is easier able to care for.
"I'm very grateful to have this beautiful place to live," he said. "It feels good. I am totally grateful for what I have."
The contractor was Seaver Construction, Inc.
MassHousing has completed six AHTF transactions in Brookline involving $5.1 million in financing for 128 housing units. The Agency has completed three AHTF transactions with the Pine Street Inn involving $2.2 million in financing and 65 housing units.