2Life Communities Receives $7.6M HUD Grant Funding for 127-Unit Affordable Project in Boston

by Jeff Shaw

BOSTON — 2Life Communities has received more than $7.6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs. 

The funding is part of HUD’s recent announcement of $160 million in grants awarded to nonprofit organizations across the country that support the development of new or redeveloped affordable multifamily rental housing and ongoing project-based rental assistance for low- and very-low-income seniors. 

The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly grant funding for 2Life will go towards creating 127 new affordable apartments for seniors with supportive services at Brooke House at Olmsted Village, one of three affordable housing developments planned on the site of the former Boston State Hospital in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood. 

Together with 2Life’s signature village center, the ground floor of Brooke House will have a daycare center with intergenerational programming opportunities and satellite space for the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center to provide on-site health services.

Apartments at Brooke House will be available to households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI) and designated for seniors age 62 and over. To support the city of Boston’s goal of ending homelessness, 2Life has committed to a minimum of 10 percent of units set aside for unhoused or formerly unhoused households, a goal shared by HUD officials as well. The Mayor’s Office of Housing has already committed $6 million in affordable housing funds to the project.

2Life Communities was one of 25 organizations in the United States to be awarded this round of Section 202 funding. In total, the $160.1 million in HUD funding will help facilitate the construction and operation of 1,262 new rent-assisted apartments for low- and very-low-income seniors.

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