For Immediate Release - October 27, 2016

Undersecretary Kornegay Celebrates Renovations at Residencia Betances in Boston’s South End

Undersecretary Kornegay joins Representative Michlewitz and local leaders to celebrate the re-opening of 11 units of supportive affordable housing

Boston – October 27, 2016 – Today Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay celebrated the renovation and reopening of Residencia Betances, an 11-room supportive housing development serving formerly homeless individuals, and low-income individuals with mental health issues. Staff members, including bilingual English-Spanish staff, provide 24-hour coverage and assistance to residents.

The renovations were carried out by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) and involved enhancements to the brownstone exterior, and a revamped interior to better welcome residents and improve individual units. Residencia Betances has been awarded more than $1 million in financing from the Department of Housing and Community Development.  

“Supportive affordable housing helps to provide the Commonwealth’s neediest residents with a basis for stability and success,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. “The renovated Residencia Betances represents an incredible opportunity for residents, who receive mental and emotional support in addition to the physical shelter provided, and for the surrounding community, by contributing to its vibrancy and diversity.”

“Supportive developments like Residencia Betances are crucial to ensuring that our communities are places where all are able to thrive and prosper,” said Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. “I applaud the work that IBA and DHCD have done to bring this project to fruition and am proud to have supported it along the way.”

“I am thrilled to support such a worthwhile project," said Representative Aaron Michlewitz. "Not only does Residencia Betances bring much needed services to those who need it the most, but the renovated site is also a pleasant addition to the neighborhood. I look forward to working with the Residencia Betances in the years to come to help improve the lives of those who call it home.”

“We are grateful for all of the funding and support we have received from the Department of Housing and Community Development for Residencia Betances,” said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, CEO of IBA. “This project is so important to IBA, as we are committed to providing affordable housing and supportive services to those that need it most, and we are thrilled to celebrate its completion together.”

Investments in affordable housing developments and renovations reflect the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to ensuring that residents have access to affordable housing throughout Massachusetts. In May, the administration unveiled a 5-year Capital Budget plan that includes a $1.1 billion commitment to increasing housing production. This commitment represents an 18% funding increase for production and housing preservation for existing affordable units across the state.

Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has provided funding to create and preserve 2,856 units of affordable housing, including 874 deeply affordable units for at-risk populations.