Former police station converted into 24-unit housing community for Veterans
Patriot Homes was developed through a partnership between the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation (SBNDC) and Caritas Communities. The $12.7 million project began in March of 2015 at the former D6 police station at the corner of D and Athens Street.
The 24-unit housing community will provide veterans and their families with affordable studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The police station was renovated to include the SBNDC property management office and 12 apartments, including handicapped accessible units. The other 12 units were built in a new building on Athens Street.
The City of Boston Department of Veterans Services also has a satellite office at Patriot Homes to provide counseling and other services to the residents, some of whom were formerly homeless.
Each apartment features Energy Star appliances and both buildings are smoke-free. The site is within a 10-minute walk to the Broadway stop on the Red Line and steps away from an MBTA bus line.
Other funding sources for Patriot Homes included DHCD, the City of Boston, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Boston Private Bank. There were also a number of grants and donations from public and private organizations.
"South Boston has a long history of military service and a higher percentage of Veterans than any other neighborhood in the city," said SBNDC Executive Director Donna Brown. "With rents rapidly increasing, Patriot Homes will help deserving Veterans to live here in our community with the resources they need. We are grateful to have had strong support from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete this project."