Brighton, MA – On July 18, Governor Charlie Baker and Undersecretary Janelle Chan of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), announced the 2019 annual affordable rental housing funding awards.
B’nai B’rith Housing’s Senior Residences at the Machon development was one of the 28 funding recipients. The complete list of funded projects was announced at an event held in Swampscott next to the site of the former Machon School.
Funding from the DHCD is an exciting next step bringing BBH closer to breaking ground on The Senior Residences at the Machon. The development is an adaptive re-use of the now vacant Machon School located at 35 Burpee Rd. The building will feature common spaces such as a library and fitness center.
In keeping with BBH’s high quality, service-enriched housing model, residents will have access to an on-site resident service coordinator who will partner closely with Swampscott area senior-service agencies to promote wellness, health, and educational programs for all the residents of the building.
Almost 25% of Swampscott households have a senior member and over 50% of these households are a senior living alone. With a third of Swampscott households over 65 years old earning less than $40K a year, and with seniors projected to make up over half of total Swampscott households by 2030, the need for affordable housing options for seniors is critical.
Among the commitments, BBH will receive Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funds, State HOME funds, Affordable Housing Trust funds, Housing Stabilization funds, North Shore HOME Consortium funds, and other support.