8 Condos Available: New Housing Lottery Applications Due by April 23

The city announced that eight condominiums are going to be sold to all first-time homebuyers through a lottery system. There are several things to keep in mind for applicants:

Homes are sold by lottery
Only qualified applicants will be entered
The property is deed-restricted; owner-occupancy requirements apply
Income and asset limitations apply
You must be a first-time homebuyer
Homebuyers will need to complete an approved homebuyer education course prior to closing
Boston residency preference
Preference for households with a mobility impairment for accessible unit
Preference for households who meet or exceed the number of bedrooms

The condos were built by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). Below is more information about the units. Income limits for qualified buyers are based on 80% and 100% Area Median Income Limits as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Six condos for households at or below 80% AMI

One 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom units at $221,900
Five 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom units at $288,700

Two condos for households at or below 100% AMI

One 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom unit at $288,700
One 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom unit at $366,900

The 80% AMI 2-bedroom unit is built-out for persons with mobility impairments.

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Inside Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Blessed Sacrament Church Being Sold By Hyde Square Task Force

The Hyde Square Task Force will be selling the Blessed Sacrament Church property after two years of being unable to find a partner to redevelop it into a community center. The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) purchased the property in 2014, and has been carrying $500,000 in debt, and expenses for the building cost more than $100,000 annually, according to a press release. In 2014, HSTF provided a tour of some of the closed-to-the-public areas of the church. "Dedicating our resources, solely, to meet the needs of our youth is the only way we can fulfill our core mission and that is why the HSTF Board of Directors voted to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” said HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda. The original plan was for a performing arts center with space for community events, but a 2019 request for proposal seeking investors failed to generate interest.

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Holzer Park Project on Amory Street Moving Forward with 62 Restricted-Income Rental Units

The Holzer Park project on Amory Street is moving forward after the state committed to funding the building that will provide 62 new units of transit-oriented rental housing. Mayor Martin Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development made the announcement on July 23, as the project at 125 Amory Street has already received funding from the city. "I am excited that this project, along with several others, received the final amount of funding needed to begin the work to build more homes in our neighborhoods," said Mayor Walsh via press release. "This project adds 62 subsidized housing units that will offer more opportunities for low and middle income families to live and work in Boston and further contributes to the goals laid out in our Housing Boston 2030 plan." All of the 62 units will be income-restricted across different income levels.

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JPNDC Vision for a More Equitable City, Includes Affordable Housing, Prosperity Services and More

Jamaica Plain, where you’re lucky to get a two-bedroom apartment for under $2,500, was once a neighborhood where homes were burned for insurance money. It was a neighborhood our state was ready to sacrifice for a highway. So when JPNDC (Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation) was founded in 1977, our priorities were bringing back jobs, turning burned-out lots into homes, and making the neighborhood livable again. Today, we face record wealth and income gaps, dramatically reduced economic mobility, and unaffordable housing. As across the country, lower-income people are on a treadmill, getting by at best rather than building security for their children.

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JPNDC Call to Artists for Weeklong Pop-Up Space on Centre Street

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has issued a call to artists of color for a temporary weeklong pop-up on Centre Street. The deadline to submit is Feb. 19th. The rising costs of housing and commercial space in Boston have led to high levels of displacement among communities of color. In Jamaica Plain, gentrification has affected thousands of people without access to the capital they need to stay in the neighborhood they call home.

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