Recovery Act Impact: Affordable Housing
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.
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.
"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."