“The purchase of 48 Boylston Street will allow us to create affordable housing in the heart of downtown Boston in a neighborhood that’s watched average rents skyrocket. Without an affordable home, finding a job and being an active member of the community is impossible. This building will strengthen our mission to provide pathways to stability for individuals experiencing homelessness.”

– Karen LaFrazia, President & CEO of St. Francis House


On April 8th, 2016 St. Francis House purchased, in partnership with the Planning Office of Urban Affairs, the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union building at 48 Boylston Street located across the street on the edge of Chinatown and the Boston Common.

This project will create affordable housing, employment training and new jobs for homeless individuals, and expanded social services for vulnerable populations.

August 2016

St. Francis House and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston are awarded funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to create 46 units of affordable housing at 48 Boylston Street.

On behalf of the Baker Administration, DHCD will support the project with a combination of Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits that will leverage approximately $11.8 million in equity, and $4,000,000 in various subsidies from DHCD. The City of Boston is also providing significant funding for the development.

“These affordable housing awards reflect our administration’s commitment to a stronger, more prosperous, and more inclusive Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By increasing affordable housing production, and stabilizing working families, low-income senior citizens and homeless families or those at risk, these housing awards will strengthen communities across Massachusetts.”

Read the press release.

APRIL 2016

On April 8th, 2016 St. Francis House (SFH) purchased, in partnership with the Planning Office of Urban Affairs (POUA), the historic building located across the street on the edge of Chinatown and the Boston Common.

Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House, said, “the purchase of 48 Boylston Street will allow us to create affordable housing in the heart of downtown Boston in a neighborhood that’s watched average rents skyrocket. Without an affordable home, finding a job and being an active member of the community is impossible. This building will strengthen our mission to provide pathways to stability for individuals experiencing homelessness.”

Read the press release.

The property will be redeveloped by St. Francis House to provide much needed affordable housing in the community, creating 46 units of affordable housing.

The completed development will include units to serve people who have experienced homelessness, and others with very modest incomes. Twenty-six of the units will be reserved for individuals earning less than 30% of the area median income.

In addition to the current 56 units available through our Next Step Housing program, this project will bring the total number of affordable housing units at St. Francis House to 102.

A designated Boston Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was constructed in 1875 and was operated by the BYMCU for more than 150 years to provide a variety of social, recreational and service programs.

In keeping with the building’s history, the 48 Boylston development will also provide benefits beyond housing. St. Francis House will also be adding to the vitality of the neighborhood with a street-level business venture creating important employment opportunities for homeless individuals served by St. Francis House.

Additionally, the development will allow St. Francis House to relocate its corporate offices from 39 Boylston Street to provide more robust support services on-site at St. Francis House.

Taken together, this building project will create badly needed affordable housing, employment training and new jobs for homeless individuals, and expanded social services for vulnerable populations.

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