This affordable housing deal has a preference for Chronically Homeless families and individuals or Homeless families and individuals. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available.
Address: 52 Sydney Street and 296 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville.
Click to get the lottery papers.
Tenants will pay 30% of their income for rents. Maximum earnings apply. Selection is by lottery. The deadline to return applications is 4PM on December 28, 2017
Chronically Homeless – As more fully defined at 24 CFR 578.3, a homeless individual with a disability who lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter AND who has been homeless and lived in such places continuously for at least 12 months or on 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years (with the 4 occasions totaling at least 12 months and separated by at least 7 consecutive
days of other housing); or a Family with an adult head of household who meets this same criteria.
Homeless – A household who lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or an emergency shelter
The problem is as many see it, properties owner greed and expenses are covered by AirBnb and Corporations when they pay owners top dollars per day for properties reliable tenants have been renting for years. Tenant leases terminate, prices rise, or the leases are not renewed, so out they go and in comes AirBnb and Corporate guests.
Its a vicious circle.
The City of Boston benefits because real estate taxes rises. Property owners benefits from more revenue. Renters are screwed.
HOUSING WORKS UPDATES
For very low income renters.
The 9 Williams St lottery opens Oct 16th. Click that link for NOVEM?BER lotteries including those that are Open Enrollment all year long.
The Williams Street property has 3 one-bedroom units for extremely low income households. It also has a small number of Affordable units for those who have vouchers.
NEW APPLICATIONS and OPEN WAITLISTS in Cambridge, Mansfield, Worcester, Boston, Swampscott and more
UPDATED WAITLISTS THAT JUST OPENED:
Housing Works updated thouands of Section 8 an public housing Wait List in their database.( CLICK) This database to search by Zip Code yourself.Does the HousingWorks Online Database include all affordable housing opportunities. Answer: No, but it includes most all Public Housing, and Section 8 rental property in Massachusetts where you pay 30% of your income for rent, if you have an approved housing voucher.
What does Housing Works Do?
ans: it is a system that automates your search. You have to be willing to complete a 7 page application on paper. Then, a “housing advocate,” these are special people or organizations with the authority to use the Housing Works System, will input your material. From that point, your chance of getting on WaitList for Section 8 properties is greatly enhanced. Does it guarantee you will find what you ware looking for. No.
Who are Housing Advocates?
ans: Most community development organizations are or can hook you up with one. [ see a list ]. Others are social workers and government contract specific housing adjusters.
Most of these waitlists are subsidized lists – where you pay: 30% of income!
Depending on the Authority or Property, these lists are open to:
Persons of any age with various disabilities
Affordable Housing Lottery Opportunities in Massachusetts and Boston.
Getting into one is a strategic dance, like that of the expert ballerina in photo.
( file photo: Misty Copeland, JFK Library book tour, August 2017)
These three organizations listed below ( see links ) and the one apartment developer advertise a lot of affordable, income-restricted rental and ownership product to the market.
The City of Boston stated in a report to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that the mayor’s administration has provided over 8,000 low and moderate income ( new) living spaces recently.
But, according to our sources, 60,000 people are on a waiting list across the state for “subsidized housing.”
Low income. Moderate income. Affordable. Subsidized. Luck. Advocate: all words to describe the need. People are winning the lottery who can only afford the lottery.
And, when a person leaves one affordable unit for another newer affordable unit, there is a vacancy to be filled in that affordable space they left.
But, there there is just not enough affordable housing stock to go around and meet everyone’s needs, unfortunately.
City of Cambridge Community Development Department – ya’ll know who this is. COC is right across the river from Boston. Its an expensive town to live in, unless of course you get the cheap apartment, housing, affordable living space deal
MCO Housing Services – a local government agency servicing West of Boston. Hey, how abot those CDC ( community development corporations.? They constructed all affordable housing in cities and towns. There are over 200 of them. We made a list of CDCs and added most of them to this web site, but the list is not complete. Go here to see the list and add more that you know of.
METROWEST Affordable Housing Staff have an innovative program going on. Its called Ready Renter. They will TAKE you in and spend an hour on your personal rental search just for You. You can use Section 8 or no. Call them at 617-923-3505 ext. 8. but if I were you, I would CLICK HERE to download their application, and have it handy when you call. That way you are far ahead.
METROWEST is a housing assistance organization placing people in affordable properties in the towns of Hudson, Bolton, Littleton, Stow, Concord, Sudbury, Lincoln, Framingham, Natick, Weston, Wayland, Wellesley, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Lexington, Bedford, Watertown, Belmont and Brookline.
FOUR More AFFORDABLE RENTALS came out since the least lead sheet was loaded onto our screens. See list below, click the Lottery Info Links to pull up papers. .
Amazon job promises are gold coin to city revenue collectors. Don’t let it just be about money, Boston. People you can download the latest lottery leads package where income-restricted earners can apply for affordable rentals or homes to buy before deadline from sources listed in links.
Non-profit affordable housing advocates, community social workers, agencies, activists and local governments are stretching ahead to build as much affordable housing as they can. Then, all of a sudden, 50,000 jobs might come if Boston beats the competition and lands the new Amazon headquarters and those workers would buy a lot of units, adding even more pressure on the competition for units that people Who Need Them will be harder to get.
If THEY build that HQ here.
If they don’t come, okay – why would the cities not be building affordable housing on the million acre parcels at Suffolk Downs or at the Flower Exchange area designated for Amazon now? Money? City Managers want revenue upfront. It takes a while to recoup affordable housing investments, It takes years. When an apartment building in the Charles River area was built, it had a 30-year agreement under it to keep lease rents affordable.
See what I mean.
Section 8 – A wait list report is due out on the 60,000 households on various Section 8 Housing Voucher WaitList across the state for vacant public housing priced units where no more than 30% what ever it is, of your income is charged out to rent. So, if you think it was you who couldn’t find a free Section 8 apt, it ain’t just you. The author of the report warns that the results will be very negative. He reports soon and we’ll let you know.
Room rentals priced per night can be booked starting at $50 per night:
HOMESTAY listed properties at Ashmont, Hyde Park, Arlington and near the Charles Street African American Episcopal Church in Dorchester are renting rooms per night. The hostels at 40 BERKLEY in the South End and the HOSTEL INTERNATIONAL building in Chinatown offer low room rates rates and professional service, plus free meals and Wifi.
This post is a response to people who told me ” I need something right away.” It’s a tough situation to be in.
Consider HOMESTAY listed properties. Homestay is a service ( like AirBnB ). Your next best option for a low price room per night is a Boston Hostel. Book now as far in advance as you can. Pricing is seasonal and subject to change. Book online with a credit card. Get the Green Dot credit card from any CVS store if you need it.
The Beverly apartment building movie is here, shot by your host – smallwall.net. We wanted you to see, hear and feel the area. Saint Anthony’s Feast was happening just around the corner. We stepped away to find an ATM because all feast food is cash only – and saw this building and the space around it. The Beverly is located in the North End. A self-described “luxury” building, it has become the most talked about affordable housing project in town, because of the listed rental prices and its downtown location.
MORE AFFORDABLE APARTMENT LEADS ARE HERE. For busy working people, the The Beverly rents are competitive. People who make more will pay more. but the building has luxury apartments priced to your workforce wage, which on average in the neighborhoods, hovers around $38,000 annually. Among the young professional urban market crowd, salaries starts at $50K on average. So there is something for everyone at the Beverly, you might say. It has lots of units for people who qualify for the “Affordable Housing Deal.”
Smallwall.net thinks the building is beautiful. But there is a concrete jungle surrounding it and there’s not much you can do about that. Ocean water is not too far away, Charlestown is around the corner. You can walk the bridge, pass by Renaissance Hotel and you’ll be at the Naval yard where the USS Constitution ship is docked. The photo for this article is a view of downtown Boston looking South from the Beverly.
Boston apartment lotteries have been coming out on a weekly basis since the summer began. They are springing up all over Massachusetts. In the mix are home ownership opportunities listing affordable condos, single family houses and two-family homes sold below market prices to qualified and eligible individuals.
Government policy hopes these activities will reduce upward pressure in market rate rental costs. And more importantly, we hope everyone who is eligible for an affordable home will be able to move into one – but you know that is just not going to happen.
The download files we compile contain more than just affordable housing leads. They also have:
JOB leads to openings if you are looking for employment
Events – connections to fun and entertainment
Perks – like free movie pass offers to LOEWS theater advance screenings
Rental Financial Assistance Application Forms
72 MBHP rental properties in Massachusetts for market rate and low income
CHAPA online search feature locates affordable housing for special needs
Section 8 – find locations accepting Section 8 by zip code.