Wednesday, July 24, 2024

An affordable-homes project in Cambridge’s Baldwin neighborhood is one benefiting from state grants announced Thursday. (Image: Homeowners Rehab Inc.)

Cambridge and Somerville are benefiting from Affordable Housing Development Grant Awards announced Thursday by Gov. Maura Healey at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers. The cities are two of 23 cities sharing a total $227 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidies to support building or preserving 1,874 rental units across Massachusetts.

For Cambridge, it’s an all-affordable project by Homeowners Rehab Inc. at 4 Mellen St. in the Baldwin neighborhood that will have 29 homes, including a dozen that are considered “deeply affordable” at below 30 percent of the area median income. The development has an existing historical front at 1627 Massachusetts Ave. that will get a modern-looking addition as it extends down Mellen.

For Somerville, three projects benefit: at 299 Broadway, Winter Hill, replacing a long-closed Star Market with 115 all-affordable family homes, including 16 deeply affordable units; the Bow Linden, a multistreet project of structures for three to six households each at 34 Linden St., Ward 2, for a total 60 all-affordable homes of which 18 will be deeply affordable; and Phase II of the Clarendon Hill reconstruction.

Overall, the Clarendon Hill project will upgrade 216 affordable homes and add 80 moderate-income units and 295 market-rate units – a total of 519 homes across three buildings and a set of townhomes that revives a project built in 1948 as housing for veterans. The state’s contribution in Phase II will be for 92 all-affordable homes, including at least a dozen that are deeply affordable.

“These awards are one of the most effective tools our administration has to increase the development of housing that is affordable for people across the state,” Healey said in a press release. “Along with our Affordable Homes Act, we’re working to lower the cost of housing across Massachusetts to benefit our families, businesses and economy.”

Neighboring Arlington will also get funds, for 43 affordable homes at 10 Sunnyside Ave.