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New Affordable Housing Opens in Downtown Boston

New Affordable Housing Opens in Downtown Boston

Boston, MA– Anyone who lives in Boston knows 2 things:

  1. Rents are crazy high.
  2. There seems to be a larger than normal amount of homeless people on the streets.

With these two facts in mind, the city of Boston is taking some concrete steps to combat those issues. Welcome the newest building to Boston's downtown: the Union.

It's a 46-unit affordable housing located at 48 Boylston street, steps from the Boston Common. So, how "affordable" is it really?  Truth is, pretty affordable: "The Union has 26 units set aside units for people who are currently homeless or have experienced homelessness in the past, and 20 units set aside for residents with incomes at or below 50-60 percent of area median income (households making up to $51,780 a year)."

But it's more than that. See, the issue is, Boston currently has places for the homeless to stay, but without guidance and a strong support system, a bed often isn't enough to help out the homeless. Thus, the building is set to be an interesting pilot program for providing the homeless with a robust support system to keep them off the streets. This entire project was done in collaboration with St. Francis House, a homeless shelter which is located across the street from the Union. St. Francis House "has relocated their administrative offices into the development, will provide the wrap-around support services needed to ensure the residents are stable and able to thrive in their new homes."

There are people who might ask, why Downtown? Surely it would be cheaper to build larger and more expansive projects in less desirable neighborhoods? To that, Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, would argue that part of living in a city means real economic diversity: "Providing housing options for a diverse group of people is key to a vibrant community and illustrates what can happen when we work together for the common good."

Hard to argue with that.