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Expanding Housing and Supportive Services

The City is investing more than $380 million over three years in housing and supportive services.

Across the FY23 Operating Budget, FY23-27 Capital Plan, and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the City is committing to a transformative three-year, $380 million package of investments to address some of the greatest challenges our residents are facing. These funds will be dedicated to affordable housing development and preservation, housing support for individuals and families facing homelessness, services to keep vulnerable families sustainably housed, and internal capacity to ensure the effective management of these initiatives.

Housing Development, Stability Services, and Homeownership

The Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH) is committed to making Boston the most livable city in the nation by working with its many communities to build strong neighborhoods through the strategic investment of public resources.

The FY23 Operating Budget increases services to individuals facing homelessness or eviction proceedings, such as $1.2 million to offer housing and case management services for an additional 50 individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, a $644,000 investment will expand housing stability services such as legal assistance, given that renters in eviction proceedings do not have access to a free public defender.

MOH's Operating Budget also expands the City-funded housing voucher program, which provides rental support to Boston's families at greatest risk of homelessness, many of whom are elderly or have ability differences. A $2.5 million infusion will add up to 150 households to the program.

    In addition to these investments, the City will use $173 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds toward initiatives that support homebuyers, improve apartment air quality and emissions, and maintain temporary shelters:

    • $60 million to promote homeownership for low- and moderate-income Bostonians
    • $57 million to combat displacement through property acquisition and to build deeply affordable housing on City-owned land
    • $20 million for housing retrofits in affordable housing to reduce building greenhouse gas emissions
    • $20 million to rapidly develop new permanent supportive housing with specialized services for people struggling with substance use disorder
    • $16 million to maintain temporary low-threshold shelter sites in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mass-Cass area

    Investments in Public Housing

    The City is using capital and ARPA funds to preserve and redevelop Boston's public housing stock, to ensure that stable, quality affordable housing is available for low- and moderate-income households:

    The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will receive $33 million in ARPA funding to improve ventilation and windows across over 1,000 units at the federally-assisted Franklin Field, Ruth Barkley, Alice Taylor, Roslyn, and Rockland developments.

    The FY23-27 Capital Plan includes $72 million dedicated to BHA projects:

    • The City is investing $52 million to preserve the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain. The existing BHA housing units will be renovated, including new plumbing, ventilation, windows, and other building repairs.
    • In addition, $10 million is allocated to support Phase 1 of redeveloping Mildred Hailey. The project will consist of around 690 apartments, including one-to-one replacement of existing public housing units and construction of 435 new affordable and upper middle-income apartments.
    • Another $10 million will support Phase 1 of redeveloping Mary Ellen McCormack, located in South Boston. The redevelopment project will comprise of 1,365 units of new mixed-income housing (including 572 affordable replacement units), 69,000 square feet of community and retail space, 2.3 acres of open space, and approximately 520 parking spaces.
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