Worcester Affordable Development Receives $4.1 Million in Government Funding

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The Community Builders Inc., a Boston nonprofit real estate developer, received $3.37 million in direct funding and $497,000 in federal tax credits from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as $250,000 from the City of Worcester to help renovate the Aurora Apartments at 660 Main St.

After renovations, the Aurora, a former hotel built in 1898, will be 100% affordable housing, offering 85 units to residents whose area median income is below 60%. Thirty of the units will be reserved for people with very low incomes and those coming out of homelessness, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced in a press release Wednesday following a ceremony at Aurora Apartments. .

The non-profit Open Sky Community Services of Worcester will provide support services to residents.

“With the housing crisis we are experiencing in Worcester, especially for individuals, this award will increase the number of units available to our lower income neighbors,” said Leah Bradley, executive director of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. . “From March 2021 to March 2022, we saw a 45% increase in the city in the number of people experiencing homelessness. Community Builders and Open Sky are key partners in providing fully serviced housing to help us address this growing concern.

The Aurora project will benefit from tax credits and state grants as part of $31 million the state provided in direct grants, tax credits and housing vouchers to 11 Massachusetts housing units as part of permanent supportive housing program.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone and the continued public-private partnerships between the City of Worcester, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the development community to continue to grow our housing stock,” said Acting City Manager Eric Batista. in a press release. “The renovation of these 85 units will provide needed upgrades to the units and extend the affordability restriction for years to come.”

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