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State money to support affordable housing projects in Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 7, 2013 12:16 PM

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Three housing projects in Boston were awarded money and tax credits by the state to build or preserve affordable residential units.

The three projects are in Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester. The funds will be administered by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

“Creating affordable housing helps to generate jobs, grow local businesses and strengthen our communities,” Governor Deval Patrick said at the kickoff event for the subsides, according to a statement from his office. “Government’s role is to help people help themselves, and sustainable affordable housing will build a better Commonwealth for generations to come.”

In Mission Hill, $2.8 million will be used by the Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. to create 39 units of affordable elderly housing at its Roxbury Crossing Senior Building. Twenty of the units will exclusively house extremely low-income individuals or households.

In Jamaica Plain, $2.9 million in Department of Housing and Community Development subsidies and $910,094 in federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits will go to support the construction of its Jackson Commons project. The subsides will support the construction of 37 units of affordable family housing along Columbus Avenue in Jackson Square.

In Dorchester, the Planning Office for Urban Affairs will use $2.7 million in Department of Housing and Community Development subsidies and $768,950 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits to re-purpose the St. Kevin’s school building in Uphams Corner and construct 33 units of housing for families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

The investment in the Boston projects is part of a broader package Patrick unveiled Thursday that offered $67 million in affordable housing resources and tax credits for 23 developments in 21 communities.

The overall package includes more than $9 million in federal low-income housing tax credits, $7.7 million in state low-income housing tax credits, and $47.7 million in state and federal housing program subsidies, said the release.

The governor’s office estimated that the three Boston projects, combined, would create 284 jobs.

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