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Baker-Polito Administration and CEDAC Award Funds to 11 New Supportive Housing Projects

CEDAC committed predevelopment or acquisition financing to 6 of these projects – BOSTON, July 20, 2022 – The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) is proud to serve as a financing partner in the production or preservation of 11 supportive housing projects announced during the Baker-Polito Administration’s most recent Supportive Housing funding round.

CEDAC housing team joins Secretary Kennealy, Undersecretary Maddox and Kate Racer at the supportive housing announcements in Worcester.

CEDAC committed predevelopment or acquisition financing to 6 of these projects

BOSTON, July 20, 2022 – The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) is proud to serve as a financing partner in the production or preservation of 11 supportive housing projects announced during the Baker-Polito Administration’s most recent Supportive Housing funding round. The new projects represent 437 units of supportive housing and will provide essential shelter and care for individuals and families in need across the Commonwealth. CEDAC committed a total of over $5 million in early-stage financing for the production and preservation of six of these supportive housing projects.

“CEDAC is proud to collaborate with the Baker-Polito Administration and our non-profit housing partners on these new developments, which come at a time of intense need as the Commonwealth faces an ongoing housing shortage that affects the most vulnerable members of our population,” said Roger Herzog, CEDAC’s Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing our work with Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox and her team at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as we pursue our mission to increase housing accessibility for those in need.”

CEDAC provided predevelopment and/or acquisition loans to the following projects:

  • Warren Street Housing, Boston: Commonwealth Land Trust, Inc. acquired two buildings, located at 570 and 570R Warren Street in the Grove Hall section of Dorchester, for renovation. The developer will create 26 single room occupancy (SRO) units of permanent supportive housing for vulnerable individuals. The site is located one block from Blue Hill Avenue and one-half mile from Franklin Park. All units will be affordable to individuals at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI), including 13 reserved for formerly homeless individuals at or below 30% AMI. CEDAC provided a predevelopment loan of $300,000 for the project.
  • Manley Housing Resource Center (Phase 1), Brockton: Father Bill’s & Main Spring (FBMS) will renovate and expand the former U.S. Army Reserve Center at 124 Manley Street in Brockton, which has been vacant since 2015, to create the Manley Housing Resource Center (MHRC), a multi-use facility that will provide emergency shelter, wrap-around supportive services, and permanent supportive housing, all in one location. The MHRC will be developed in two phases. The first phase, which is the subject of this award, will consist of the renovation of the U.S Army Reserve Center into a 128-bed emergency shelter and a day program center with an on-site health clinic. A 1,500-square-foot addition will house case management offices and supportive service space. CEDAC provided a predevelopment loan of $400,000 for the project.
  • Catalyst Housing, Lynn: Harborlight Community Partners, Inc. (HCP) and The Haven Project (THP) have entered into a joint venture agreement to acquire and renovate the third and fourth floors of a historic loft building located at 57 Munroe Street in downtown Lynn. The partnership will create 23 studio units for formerly homeless unaccompanied youth and one studio resident manager unit. Twenty-three units will be affordable to youth earning less than 30% of area median income. CEDAC provided a predevelopment loan of $256,252 for the project.
  • 275 Chestnut Street, Springfield: In early 2020, Home City Development Inc. (HCDI) completed construction of 101 enhanced SRO units in the four upper floors of the former YMCA building located on Chestnut Street in Springfield. HCDI is now planning to purchase an additional section of the building and will use this space on the first and second floors to create 29 additional enhanced SRO units. CEDAC provided a predevelopment loan of $220,000 and committed acquisition financing of $350,000.
  • New Point Family Apartments, Salem: North Shore Community Development Coalition’s (NSCDC) project involves the acquisition and preservation of 18 units of naturally occurring affordable housing for families in three buildings in Salem’s Point neighborhood. The project will create long term affordability where none currently exists and will fund much needed capital improvements including enhanced energy efficiency. As the occupied units turnover, NSCDC will lease the apartments to homeless families and provide supportive services. CEDAC provided predevelopment loans totaling $437,100 and an acquisition loan of $2,874,400.
  • Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, Tewkesbury: Soldier On, Inc. entered into a development agreement to purchase a 1.5-acre parcel of land at 1660 Main Street in Tewksbury to construct 21 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project will consist of 18 one-bedroom units and three studios all affordable to households earning less than 80% of area median income, including six restricted for households earning less than 30% of area median income. CEDAC provided a predevelopment loan of $225,000.

CEDAC works with DHCD on all 11 of these funded supportive housing projects through its management of several state bond programs.

About CEDAC

CEDAC is a public-private community development financial institution that provides project financing and technical expertise for community-based and other non-profit organizations engaged in effective community development in Massachusetts. CEDAC’s work supports two key building blocks of community development: affordable housing and early care and education. CEDAC is also active in state and national housing preservation policy research and development and is widely recognized as a leader in the non-profit community development industry. For additional information on CEDAC and its current projects, please visit www.cedac.org.

Featured images: a rendering of Manley Street Housing project; CEDAC housing team with Secretary Kennealy, Undersecretary Maddox and Kate Racer.

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