Nine affordable housing projects across the state to receive state and federal funding
Nine housing projects across the state -- from Roxbury to Springfield -- will receive $25.8 million in affordable housing funds and tax credits, the state announced Friday.
The funding includes $17.2 million in state and federal housing subsidies and $8.4 million in state and federal low-income tax credits, according to the state Department of Housing and Community Development. It is expected to create 694 housing units and some 600 construction jobs, the state said.
“Creating affordable housing helps to generate jobs, grow local businesses, and strengthen our communities,” said Governor Deval Patrick in a prepared statement.
The announcement comes seven months after Patrick announced a state goal to create 10,000 units of multi-family housing each year through 2020.
Locations of the projects include neighborhoods in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Falmouth, Shrewsbury, Brockton, and Springfield.
Among the recipients is the nonprofit Roxbury Multi-Service Center, and it plans to rehabilitate a vacant three-story building on Columbus Avenue to create eight affordable apartments for young homeless families.
Carole Montgomery, executive director of the center, was thrilled Friday to get a call from the state notifying her about the new funding for the project her organization has long strived to get off the ground.
“We really want to see these young people thrive and do positive things with their lives,” she said. “We are very excited about the news.”Jenifer B. McKim can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on twitter @jbmckim.