Maritza Santiago
Maritza Santiago has always wanted to live in Lunenburg but, as a single mother with three kids, the lack of affordable housing there made that an impossible dream.

Recovery Act Impact: Affordable Housing

  • Tax Credit Assistance Program: 638 units

  • Tax Credit Exchange Program: 997 Units

  • Total: 1.635 Units

  • Jobs created: 3,178

A stimulus-funded housing program changed all that.

Santiago now lives in Tri-Town Landing, an affordable housing project in Lunenburg that was built thanks to a grant of $6.45 million under the stimulus-funded Tax Credit Exchange program.

"It's a blessing to live here," said Santiago.

Santiago had been living in Leominster for the past ten years with her three children ages 9, 3 and 2.

Maritza Santiago

 

But the rent was more than she could afford on her salary - she works as a bus driver for children with special needs - and everywhere she looked it was the same story.

 

"I wanted to raise my kids in Lunenburg but it was all houses," she said.

When Santiago saw a flyer for Tri-Town Landing she thought it was a miracle. She applied and the month long wait till she was approved was nerve wracking, she said.

"I was so anxious. I really wanted it. When I got the call that I was in I was overjoyed."

Santiago credits the developer, Great Bridge Properties, for paying attention to crucial details that make life in this project so pleasant.

Maritza Santiago and Jeffrey Simon
Things like energy efficient appliances and systems cut down on costs; good security systems give her peace of mind; and the layout of the apartment made it comfortable for her and her family to live.

"This project provides an opportunity for families like me to make it," she said. "I don't stress about paying my rent every month. It's a breath of fresh air that this is home."