St. Francis House and POUA to Develop Affordable Housing in Neighborhood

46 New Apartments at 48 Boylston Street Coming 2018

In 2018, 46 new apartments at 48 Boylston St. will be occupied by tenants who otherwise couldn’t afford the neighborhood, thanks to collaboration between St. Francis House and the Planning Office for the Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston (POUA).

At an August press conference at St. Francis House, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the state funding that will enable the renovation of the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union (BYMCU) building, across the street from St. Francis House. “These affordable housing awards reflect our administration’s commitment to a stronger, more prosperous and more inclusive Commonwealth,” said Gov. Baker at the ceremony announcing the SFH-POUA project and several dozen others. “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.”

A Street-Level Business

48 Boylston St. will also host a street-level business. “Our vision is that it will be a business venture that provides training and employment to the people we serve and a needed service to the residents of our neighborhood,” said St. Francis House Executive Direction Karen LaFrazia. “This development will strengthen our mission to provide pathways to stability for individuals experiencing homelessness.”

Twenty-six of the apartments will house tenants with extremely low incomes and 20 will be designated for people who are employed at low-wage jobs. The building will also be home to St. Francis House’s administrative offices, freeing up space at 39 Boylston St. to expand service capacity.

A designated Boston landmark, the building was constructed in 1875 in a high Victorian Gothic style. St. Francis House and POUA purchased the property in April 2016. Visit our website at to learn more.