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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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THREADMARK on track to open after fire.

Threadmark to re-open soon after fire.  Here’s a look at the rental rates units at Threadmark will be going for when it re-opens after the fire.

Studio $515, $1030 and $1056.00 per month depending on your income.

1BR lottery rent rate is $552, $1104 or $1261.00 depending on income.

2BR lottery rent is $662, $1324 and $1,567 depending on income.

* Lottery rent rates only are being shown.
No other sizes are listed for lottery.

Thirty-five rent reduced apartments were offered by lottery.


Household size of 1 person with  income between $20,610 and $41,220 qualify for lottery.

Two person households with conbined Income between $23,550 and $47,100 qualify for lottery.

Three person households with combined income between $26,490 and $52,980 qualify to for lottery.

The sales sheet offers units to Household (HH) sizes of four  to six persons for  income steps from $29,430 to $68,280 at upper limits  by HH size.



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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 ….,.,