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December 1 rolls in dozens of new affordable rental apartments to apply for.

Some can cover the rents for these affordable rental apartments and some cannot. But here’s the good news.  You’ll see rent rates and applications you need to apply with. There are brand new Studio and 1BR apartments that rent for $470 and $547 if you are homeless when you apply.

 The address is 206 West Broadway in South Boston – CLICK TO GET THE APPLICATION.

These units are on the radar of social service agencies and social workers. You must have someone certify you as homeless to get those rates.

Affordable units in the building rent for $1,094 to the non-homeless.  Double that figure to $2,200 or more if your income supports a market rate spend in that building.

MetroList entries

80 Rutherford – NEW THIS WEEK
480 Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

  • Applications Available: December 5, 2018 – December 14, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Lottery Info

Liberty Tree Lofts – NEW THIS WEEK
630 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111

  • Applications Available: December 5, 2018 – December 14, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Lottery Info

Warren House – NEW THIS WEEK
1600 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465

  • Applications Available: November 26, 2018 – December 10, 2018 at 12:00
  • Application Deadline: December 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM
  • Lottery InfoLottery Application

Baker Street, Foxborough, MA 01702

  • Applications Available: December 3, 2018 – January 4, 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Rental Waitlist Reopening; Rental Waitlist Lottery Info

114 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Riverview Meadows – NEW THIS WEEK
One Meadow Drive, Raynham, MA 02767

1943 DOT Ave
1943 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124

  • Applications Available: November 26, 2018 – December 10, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 10, 2018
  • Lottery Info


WAITLIST – Click The Rental Info links for best results

Granite Lena Park Apartments – NEW THIS WEEK
754 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121

  • (2) 2 Bedroom – Rent Based on 30% Gross Income
  • Note: Income Restricted at 30% AMI
  • First Come, First Served; Available December 2018; Dorchester Rental Info

Douglass Park – NEW THIS WEEK
801 Tremont Street, South End, MA 02118

  • 1 Bedroom – $1,400
  • Income Restricted at 80% AMI
  • First Come, First Served; Available December 2018; South End Rental Info

Harborview at the Navy Yard – NEW THIS WEEK
250 First Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

  • 2 Bedroom – $2,150
  • Income Restricted at 120% AMI 
  • First Come, First Served; Available Mid-December 2018; Charlestown Rental Info

Savin Hill Apartments
130 Auckland Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

  • 1 Bedroom – Rent Based on 30% Gross Income
  • 3 Bedroom – Rent Based on 30% Gross Income
  • Income Restricted at 50% AMI 
  • Note: Savin Hill Apartments is an elderly / disabled community. In order to qualify, an individual must be at least 62 years of age or older or a non-elderly person between the ages of 18 and 61 who is disabled. Both units are handicap accessible.
  • First Come, First Served; Available December 2018; Dorchester Rental Info
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Section 8 and affordable apts offer list with phones.

Using search criteria  “Section 8 or no Sec 8, Wait List, 1BR, Zip Codes within 30 miles of the South End, Voucher discount housing and other Affordable Housing status categories,” a report showing  687 property management contacts as of April 10, 2018 can be viewed here on sourced from the Boston based HousingWorks database online.


The report is a search helper. It is NOT the solution to everyone’s quest for affordable housing.

A theory we have is that equal amounts of affordable rentals stock exists in unknowable  places— unknowable to the internet and government data sources, unknowable to housing advocates  and Craigslist. Time will tell if we are right.


Here’s what happened when I called the first four on the list.

1st on the list — RTH shows  Waitlist is open. An answering service takes a message. ( update) They reliably us called back today. Found out they hold properties for rent based incomes in the Fenway, Huntington  Ave and Brigham Circle area.  No vacancy today, WaitList is encouraged.

2nd— The One Greenway listed office answered and directed  me to a web site where an affordable apartment lottery  is going to happen soon at 450 Cambridge  Street. The call was worth it,

3rd on the list — Kendall Company answered, said a vacancy is immediately avail. Said appointments  are being taken now for a  2 BR for $3,400 rent.  When  I asked about Affordable they said “absolutely have this—go to the Cambridge Housing Authority and apply to waitlist.” So this is a Mahoney Properties operation who are major processors of income restricted and market rate units. So that’s why their waitlist go to the HAs. They are contracted by Housing Authorities to hold sales and lotteries.

If a waitlist is held by a private owner, not the HA, your wait will likely be shorter.

Tip: Depending on your situation, it could take from 1 month to 5 years to get an offer by waitlist.

Learn if you qualify to apply as a person with Special Needs Categories such as: Veterans, Seniors, homeless, battered women, disabled/handicapped or other. There are over 25 classifications of applicant categories.

The 4th listed  contact number was disconnected.


more later ….,.,

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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
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