Affordable Housing

Development and Preservation

Southwest Boston CDC’s members and leaders care deeply about creating homes with rents and sales prices that reflect what people in Hyde Park and Roslindale can afford. We develop and preserve affordable housing in order to help build and sustain vibrant communities and to prevent the displacement of families who can’t afford Boston’s exorbitant housing costs.

Residences at Fairmount Station, Hyde Park

rendering-view-from-train-croppedThese beautiful affordable apartments will be ready for tenants this fall!  Are you interested in applying to live here?

Everyone who wants to apply for Residences at Fairmount Station must provide full contact information through this online form.

If you already gave your contact information to our office, please also fill out the online form. If you were on our list, you will receive notice asking you to complete the new form — it is the official path to getting the application. The actual application will become available to everyone who completes the online form on August 6th (and later). If you have questions, contact Maloney Properties at: (617) 364-4388 or


SWBCDC, in partnership with Traggorth Companies, is currently developing the first new family affordable housing in Hyde Park in nearly 25 years. The Residences at Fairmount Station will play a role in continuing to revitalize Hyde Park’s downtown commercial district.

The development will provide:

Affordable homes: The development will provide 27 new rental apartments for low- and moderate-income households. Affordable housing helps families improve financial stability, reduce stress, increase health, invest in other areas of their lives, and have more disposable income to spend locally.

Improvements in landscaping and in auto and pedestrian access: The development will transform a blighted eyesore into much-needed affordable homes that will compliment and connect to the surrounding neighborhood and commercial district. The project includes improved access to the Fairmount Station tracks, including street improvements, new sidewalks and crosswalks, as well as including paving, street lighting, and curb improvements to Nott Street.

Transit Oriented Development: The new homes will be convenient and connected to several forms of transit, including the Fairmount Commuter Rail, MBTA Bus Routes 24, 32 and 33, and the Neponset Bicycle Path.

Play/Outdoor Space: The development will provide approximately 6,000 square feet of green space for residents to use, including a play area for kids.

Community Space: The development will provide an approximately 585 square foot community room, for use by residents of the building and other community groups.

Sustainable Design: The site will be LEED Silver. It will be highly energy efficient, environmentally sensitive on issues such as reducing water runoff and flooding, and provide extremely high indoor air quality. It will have a solar-ready roof, bike storage, energy star appliances and other LEED-Silver sustainable features as part of the design.

• Tax Revenue: Once constructed and occupied, the proposed project will provide additional property tax revenues to the City.

Residences at Fairmount Station is made possible with support from the City of Boston, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  CEDAC, LISC Boston, MassHousing, the National Equity Fund and Webster Bank. Construction is starting in summer 2017 and is expected to be completed by fall/winter 2018.

Applications for Residences at Fairmount Station will be available in 2018. If you are interested in receiving an application when they are available, please contact us at 617-364-7300 or email

Stay up to date on the construction at the development’s website!

875-889 American Legion Highway, Roslindale

875 American Legion Highway April 2016SWBCDC Purchased this property in August 2016. This deal was the first to use the City of Boston’s Acquisition Opportunity program, designed to preserve and protect homes that are still relatively affordable but at risk of seeing increased rents. We purchased this property from a private owner and will protect it from rising rents as well as improve its quality and the living conditions for the tenants there. The property includes eight 4-bedroom townhouse-style homes and off street parking. It is a short walk from a shopping center and a range of bus lines. It is one mile from the proposed Mattapan stop on the Fairmount Indigo Line.

This property is managed for us by Maloney Properties. The property rarely sees a vacancy, but if you are interested in joining a waiting list, please contact Maloney directly at their Mattapan office:  617.296.5700

990 River Street, Hyde Park

In August, 2012, SWBCDC and our Roslindale based development partner, RG Development, completed the renovation of 990 River Street, a 3-family property in Hyde Park.

We sold the home to a moderate income homebuyer who had been one of five households to submit bids for purchase of the house.



Protecting Expiring Use Homes

We have actively participated in successful campaigns to preserve over 150 affordable housing units threatened with conversion to market rate housing in Hyde Park and Roslindale.


Florence Apartments

From 2004-2008 we joined with allies to organize tenants at Florence Apartments so that they could protect their affordable homes in Roslindale. The owner’s HUD contract expired, allowing him to sell it and remove the affordability restriction. Tenants met with public officials and worked with City Life to draw attention to the need to renew the Section 8 contract.

We also worked with the over 90 residents to identify issues of concern. Safety was their top priority, so we helped them meet with city officials and the Police Department — and they establish a crime watch group as they worked to save their homes. In the end, Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn’s organization purchased the apartments and they have remained affordable.



Our Affordable Housing Development work is supported in part by Webster Bank.