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Affordable apartment lottery update and building waitlists openings.

New affordable low income move in opportunities and wait list now exists in:

Mashpee (Barnstable county)

Dorchester (Suffolk County

Milton (Norfolk County)

Middleborough (Plymouth County)

You need to have your housing advocates make sure you are on the right wait list. We suggest you download the sales sheet package  from our download shelf and apply direct if you can.



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Recent news about affordable housing you can use

Lottery Highlights

Community Development Corporations, city officials and affordable housing advocates actively seek new applicants  for apartment lotteries and waitlists. When there are hundreds of Affordable Rental Units announced, there could be 100 applications returned for each one, or thousands to a development with just 30 or less affordable units.

As you know these new construction projects can be highly sought after for there is demand for qualified tenants in the market rate space as well as in the income restricted and public, subsidized, low-income space. I need not tell you how competitive it can be The LOTTERY evens the playing field when it works the right wa – that is — when there are no backroom or politically influenced deals made.

But as you know, some applications are dead on arrival due to missing information or simply that the person applying is not qualified to apply. Lottery is bidding, Know that 50% of a winning formula is Showing Up; 25% is luck and you need it, so 75% of your lottery placement score is probably going to be determined by the fit of your family to the available unit size and scope of the project; your credit score is a big deal, your landlord history is a big deal, and  your proven ability to pay the rent no matter how high or low it is, is a very big deal.

Here’s a quick summary of recent affordable priced lotteries and home ownership sales.

2 Bedroom house for sale in Roslindale  on market for $246K where market rate could be $280k

Brockton – a waiting list opens at Brockton Trinity Village
Dorchester – Now leasing leasing at Upper 1474 Dorchester Ave 02122.
Brookline affordable housing lottery opens APRIL 19th for 45 Marion Street Apartments.  Renting studios and 1 BRs from $785 to 958.
Norwood, MA Rental Lottery. New construcction apartment rentals. Thirteen 1BR $1,134 per month, twenty-two 2BR for $1362/mo, three 3BR for $1,566.00. Sizes range from 826 to 1400 per square feet. Each unit has a washer, a dryer, and there’s
Haymarket Square One Canal Street — 22 apartments available by lottery
HUB25 at 25-35 Morrisseuy Blvd, Dorchester – Thirty-six New BRA Income Restricted
apartments for rent. The maximun annual household income to qualify for one person is $48,250, two persons $55,000, three person $62,000, four persos $68,950, five persons $74,000, six persons $80,000.


Here’s a list of housing authorities you ask about vouchers and Section 8  that are just outside Boston.

Cambridge –

Newton, MA –

Click here to get the [ Building Managers Short List  ] where  rents are capped at 30% AMI. The list has locations,  property manager names and their email addresses and phone numbers.

The Massachusetts Centralized Housing Choice Section 8 Waitlist sign-up
screen is [ here. ]

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Here are hundreds of Apartment Waiting Lists Open to Senior Citizens in Massachusetts

As of January 25, 2016

In total, there are over  800  waitlists at apartment building locations and affordable housing developments across the state of Massachusetts for Elders.  Locations by county are:

County             Number of Waitlists:
Barnstable:     57   different waitlists
Berkshire:      38   different waitlists|
Bristol:                     85   different waitlists
Duke’s:                        4   different waitlists
Essex:             134   different waitlists
Franklin:       15   different waitlists
Hampden:        69   different waitlists
Hampshire:      26   different waitlists
Middlesex:      234   different waitlists
Nantucket:         5   different waitlists
Norfolk:        91   different waitlists
Plymouth:       86   different waitlists
Suffolk:        237   different waitlists
Worcester:      125   different waitlists

For more specific details about what address, what housing development or what apartment complex these are in with Number or Bedrooms, Subsidies, Rental Amounts etc. you’ll need to speak with a housing database operator who can login and look them up for you.

REPLY here with your questions.


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Jamaica Plain Affordable Apartments are renting at Forest Hills MetroMark development.

Jamaica Plain affordable apartments developments

Metromark is accepting renters by lottery until Feb 20th, 2016.

The location is steps away from the Orange line and commuter rail. Travel to Back Bay in as little as 13 minutes. Its near the Southwest Corridor Bike Path, a scenic 20-minute ride into the city and you’ll love its proximity to Boston’s Emerald Necklace, which includes The Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park, and Jamaica Pond. Downtown Jamaica Plain is walking distance and there is a lot to do there.

Rental rates and info about the Affordable Rate units is here:
Apartment complex at Forest Hilks starts renting.

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Brand new Fenway Park Luxury Apartments use this lease contract language.

Van Ness interior

These are excepts of the the apartment rental lease language in rental contracts offered by most Boston luxury apartment buildings for tenants who are going to rent one.  The lease for subsidized or the  affordable rental units set aside may possibly be different.

Residence: Up to 24 months of rental history may be verified on present and previous residence. A positive record ofprompt monthly payment, sufficient notice, and no damages is expected. For applicants who are homeowners, permission must be granted to verify payment history with the bank or lending institution.
Credit Report: An unsatisfactory credit report can disqualify an applicant from renting an apartment at this community. An unsatisfactory credit report is one that reflects past or current bad debts, late payments or unpaid bills, liens, judgments or bankruptcies. If an applicant is rejected for poor credit history, the applicant will be given the name, address and telephone number of the credit reporting agency that provided the credit report (but not be told the content of the credit report). An applicant rejected for unsatisfactory credit is encouraged to obtain a copy of the credit report from the credit reporting agency, correct any erroneous information that may be on the report, and resubmit an application to this community.
Employment/Income: Stable employment record and income verification shall be required. In order for an applicant to be approved, he/she must generally earn on a gross monthly basis a minimum of two times the gross monthly leased rent. Acceptable income verification if required may include: a paystub; a letter from the employer; the most recent W-2 form; or, for self-employed or non-employed applicants, a copy of the most recent tax return or certified verification from his/her company accountant or from a bank showing a balance sufficient to pay rent for 24 months.

Criminal Background: Grounds for rejection of an applicant or occupant may include, but are not limited to, any felony conviction or arrest record. We also do not lease to applicants with certain misdemeanor arrests and convictions.

Verification is through state public records.

Co-signers / Guarantors In the event a co-signer/guarantor is required, he/she must complete an Application for Occupancy and meet all income
and qualifying standards. A co-signer/guarantor will be fully responsible for the Lease Agreement if the occupying resident(s) default.
Subletting Subletting is prohibited at this community …..]




The Affordable Units Rent for These Prices
at the new Van Ness luxury apartments at Fenway ParkVan Ness Affordable Lottery Rates



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Boston Minority Business Sales exceeded $500 million among MBEs supplying the state.

Most private companies won’t air their financial laundry in public.
But the Government will and they have.

The diversity supplier marketplace exists for two reasons. 1) government regulations. 2) the marketplace demands diversity.

The Massachusetts state Supplier Diversity Office recorded  $991,590,145 in total Commonwealth spending attributed to its Supplier Diversity Office targeted minority business sector in FY2014 ( certified as MBEs, WBEs and SBPP goods, services and construction.)

Minority MBEs ( minority business enterprises ) sold $247,150,817 to the state. An amount of $574,818,148 was sold by Women Business Enterprise (WBE) to the state.  Another $16,263,222 went to MBE’s in direct construction related contracts from state buyers and $12,411,914 went to WBEs or white women owned companies in direct construction related contracts from state buyers.

See the Annual Report from the source.

Boston Mayor Walsh has hired a Diversity Chief to oversee where his tight $2.2B a year is going.

Firms owned by white women who apply for the state WBE SDO designation are being classified as certified WBE minority enterprises when approved. Other minorities are given MBE or M/WBE status.

The  Massachusetts Gaming Commission licensed vendor designation is a new group classifications for a business because the state has never had licensed casinos before. In the beginning, this new industry segment is pumping a collective $250 million per year into minority-owned firms.

You won’t be able to do much business with a casino in Massachusetts unless you get a license as a vendor from the gaming commissioners.

The Boston MBDA  Minority Business Development Agency has helped position minority companies with large federal source awards.

Early Morning Software has a DBE activity monitoring software product it sells to corporate and government procurement departments. $36 Billion annually is the US market size for diversity spend by these corporations that have to track it.

When the local MBTA agency buys product from a vendor, anything over $25,000 is bidded out but when its less, they choose to buy from vendors in the system. Companies should be certified DBE ( over $1 mil a year in sales ) to get the big bucks from the T.

The KEOLIS transportation company runs locomotives over Massachusetts commuter rail lines. Its Manager of Purchasing and Materials in concert with the KEOLIS  Director of DBE,EEO and Diversity intends to award 17% of its annual direct spend to the best minority DBE,WBE,MBE and SDVOB certified suppliers it can source if the incumbent purchasing managers release their grip on controls they hold close due to the hostile takeover by KEOLIS.

The Diversity SmartTrack online Massachusetts web site tracks 14,000 purchase orders flowing to and from buyers to minority vendors.

The City of Boston’s Economic Chief John Barros is working on splitting up a $1.8 billion capital budget for contract procurement into smaller sizes in the $100K range so that smaller companies have a better chance on winning some awards. The city’s total budget is over $20 billion dollars.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission publicizes these diversity spend numbers:

Penn National Gaming is opening a slots casino  in Massachusetts and MGM is opening a casino in Springfield Massachusetts.  MGM set a goal of  $50 million per year budgeted for minority businesses. Penn will be spending millions on minority businesses too.

WYNN is opening a casino near Boston Massachusetts.  A DBE goal of 15% and up to $120 million per year  has been set by Wynn for doing business with minorities.

The money casinos bring to the table are in addition to the ambitious goals for minority business inclusion regional institutions such as the Boston Red Sox, Harvard University, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Raytheon, Bank of America and others have been working with for quite some time.

The Boston Minority Business Market size is sharply up over years past. It probably has surpassed minority spending levels the Big Dig Tunnel era claimed.

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Roxbury Innovation Center starts teaching the ropes.

When you can get 15 minutes or longer from a  business investor over coffee to talk about your cool business idea its a good thing. Dudley Square Roxbury, Ma has a place for you to meet that investor. Named the Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) located inside the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building where the Boston Public School Department has its headquarters, the RIC is open for business. It seeks to attract residents of Roxbury who have business ideas which if they launch and reach escape velocity, you could be the employer that hires more Roxbury residents, and the mayor’s office really wants you to do that.

Surely you don’t have to be a Roxbury resident to participate there because after all, it was built with public funds, however, if you are a member of the minority community of Roxbury the unit was put there thinking of you. The Seaport has their innovation district, now why not Roxbury, Upram’s Corner and the Fairmont District.  The ultimate goal of the innovation district in Roxbury is to create companies that become big enough to hire neighbors.

But don’t look for investors to come running at you, standing in line and so on. Naw, you gotta earn that kind of reputation, then they will.

The Venture Cafe is the unit at the RIC programming the entrepreneurial stuff.

“We’re looking forward to working with the community to create a space for experimentation and conversation that highlights all of the innovation and entrepreneurship happening locally, and connects to resources that make ideas and businesses grow faster,” said Kevin Wiant, Executive Director of the Venture Café.

Wiant and partner have the 5-year contract to operate the Roxbury Innovation Center in Dudley Square They’ve been around the wheel doing it before.  Near South Station on Boston Harbor he manages the District Hall building which is home and host to a number of innovation networking and workshop events including Boston’s first Quantified Self Summit sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and others.

So how important is 15 minutes? An appearance on the network show Shark Tank last about that long and winners take away hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Practice that elevator pitch and see what happens when you meet your first investor!

Read more about the Roxbury Innovation Center Here


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Boston snow of February 2015 caused interesting internet searches.

Boston Snow Falls in February 2015 caused people to search for certain things they usually wouldn’t search for on the internet during a month of regular weather.

Don’t take my word for it.

Here’s what Google Analytics found when people searched our Business Directory during the big snow.

boston ma construction site pest control
fiberglass body repairs
mall commercial painting


interior car repair
iron works carthage
residential asphalt paving
auto body technician

black owned property management companies
boston business directory
collision repair specialists
concrete cutting
concrete paving service

emergency auto body repair
fire damage repair
footlocker braintree mall

h&m, boston.


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IRS Free Tax Help location opens Dec 31st in Boston


If your income is less than $50,000 a year or if you are elderly, you qualify for FREE Federal Income tax help thru the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

Official providers listed near zip 02119 is:
Brighton Branch / Boston Public Library
40 Academy Hill Road
Brighton, MA 02135 by Appointment — 617-347-5624
STARTS Dec 31, 2015 – and Jan 2nd 2016



There will be more listings added for sure.
check web site often

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INK BLOCK Apartments Affordable Rental Rate Price List

INK BLOCK Affordable Apartment prices

There was a lottery held about a year ago with 41 New Affordable Apartments were offered for rent.

Rents for the affordable units were:

14  Studios rented for $1,020 with 570 sqft
20 1BR rented for $1,190 720 sqft
6  2BR rented for $1,361 1,050 sqft
1 3BR rented for $1,531 1,440 sqft

The affordable units had MAXIMUM household incomes of:
1 Person – $46,100
2 Person – $52,700
3 Person – $59,300
4 Person – $65,850
5 Person – $71,150
6 Person – $76,400

*Income Limits are subject to change when the BRA publishes the annual Income Limits

The First Lottery was held in 2014 from Nov 17th thru Nov 25th. The office handling the rental development and affordable units was the SEB Office, 165 Chestnut Hill Ave #2, Brighton, MA 02135.

These were the listed preferences in the lottery:

Asset, Use & Occupancy Restrictions apply.
Disabled households have preference for 8 accessible units.
Preference for Boston Residents.
Preference for Households with at least one person per bedroom.
Ink Block is a smoke free community

For more information or reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, call 617.782.6900