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Last updated: 7/27/16

Choice Neighborhoods

Boston is one of just five cities nationwide to receive the first-ever Implementation Grants awarded under Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods.

The new strategic approach is intended to help transform high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into communities with healthy, affordable housing, safe streets, and access to quality educational opportunities. Boston joins Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle to receive a combined $122 million.

The Department of Neighborhood Development submitted the $20.5 million application for Choice Neighborhood funds from HUD along with support from:

  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
  • Project R.I.G.H.T (Rebuild and Improve Grove Hall Together)
  • the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
  • the Boston Public School Department
  • the Boston Police Department, and
  • the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development.

The entire team will work together to implement the Quincy Corridor Transformation Plan that includes $12.3 million to assist the redevelopment of the distressed 129 unit Woodledge/Morrant Bay housing development (to be renamed Quincy Heights). The plan also calls for $3.075 million to be used for improvements at community facilities, parks, gardens, and in economic development, job creation, and asset building. The remaining $3.075 million will be used for supportive services for residents of Quincy Heights and the surrounding Quincy Street Corridor.

The project is located in the Quincy Corridor neighborhood, a ½-square-mile area centered on Quincy Street and bounded by Blue Hill Avenue on the West, East and West Cottage Streets on the North, the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line and Columbia Road on the East and Washington Street on the South. The neighborhood is home to approximately 8,900 people, about 38% of whom have incomes below the poverty line or make less than 30% of the area median income.

Contact us

We welcome your feedback. Please contact the Policy Development and Research Division, Department of Neighborhood Development, 26 Court St., 11th floor, Boston, MA 02108 or by email to

For more information, please contact Robert Gehret, Deputy Director for Policy Development and Research, at 617-635-0242 or