We are excited to announce that ABCDC received an award of funding from MassHousing’s Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI)! This will provide valuable resources for our new 6 Quint Avenue project in Allston.
ABCDC acquired the 6 Quint Avenue lodging house in May of this year and upon the completion of this project, 14 units of permanently affordable housing will become available to individuals in the advanced stages of recovery.
The need for this type of supportive housing was brought to our attention by community partners who specialize in addiction recovery. In discussions with these groups, ABCDC learned that there is a gap in the housing continuum for this special population. While there is housing for individuals going through the first phase of addiction recovery, there are very few, if any, options for those who are ready for more independent living in a supportive setting.
As such, many of these individuals have great difficulty locating affordable, safe, decent housing within an environment that would be conducive to their recovery. Many individuals are forced to find affordable housing far outside of the city, putting them out of reach of the critical network of supports available to them in Boston that are so crucial in their continued recovery. Adding these units to the stock of affordable housing in Boston will be a great boon for this vulnerable community.
Funding from CCRI will allow ABCDC to start undertaking the required rehab at this property. This will include replacing the inefficient oil-fired boiler (beyond useful life) with electric heat pumps to provide heating and cooling throughout, installing a handicap chair lift, and creating three fully accessible SRO units.
Thank you to the CCRI Board of Directors for their generous support for this project!