BrightSphere Investment Group Tours Construction Progress at 48 Boylston Street

Our excitement for the construction progress over at 48 Boylston Street is contagious! We’re thrilled to have so many partners interested in seeing the progress, and finding out about ways to support the project. One of our Corporate Partners, BrightSphere Investment Group, got in on the action by touring the active construction site. We made […]

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48 Boylston: April Update

Gilbane contractors finished up demolition on the lower floors and continue duct work and framing on all floors. The framing establishes where all the new walls will stand. Each floor is transforming into new configurations to become affordable housing apartments and administrative space for St. Francis House staff. This month we started some visually exciting […]

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48 Boylston: March Update

48 Boylston affordable housing Monthly-Update-sign

March: In like a lion, out like a lamb This past month, Gilbane Corp. averaged approximately 30-35 workers on site daily at 48 Boylston Street, with the majority of the workmanship consisting of demolishing the building interiors on floors 1-5. What’s going on inside? Contractors will continue demolition, working on miscellaneous items throughout the building, […]

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48 Boylston: February Update

48 Boylston affordable housing Monthly-Update-sign

In January we broke ground You may remember that we started off the new year by breaking ground with Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, and Cardinal O’Malley. The construction company leading this project is Gilbane Company. Once we finished the groundbreaking event, they spent the last bit of January mobilizing to prepare the building for abatement, […]

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Boston Globe Opinion: The new tax law cuts a hole in charitable giving

On Friday, February 9, 2018, President & CEO Karen LaFrazia had a joint opinion published with Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs Inc. Scroll down to read the opinion. You may also click here for a PDF version (which will open in a separate window) SFH-POUA Op-Ed.Boston Globe     […]

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Groundbreaking celebrates creation of affordable housing in downtown Boston

48 Boylston Groundbreaking with Gov Baker

L to R: Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America; Mayor Martin Walsh; Lisa Alberghini, POUA; Cardinal Seán O’Malley; Governor Charlie Baker; Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin; and Karen LaFrazia, St. Francis House all sign a metal beam that will be installed during the renovation. On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, we broke ground at 48 Boylston! Cardinal O’Malley, […]

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Happy New Year, Happy Groundbreaking at 48 Boylston Street!

What is 48 Boylston Street? 48 Boylston Street is the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union building. St. Francis House, in partnership with the Planning Office of Urban Affairs, purchased the building with the vision of creating 46 units of affordable housing, a social enterprise creating employment training and new jobs for homeless individuals, and […]

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Barriers to Benefits: A Forum with State Auditor Bump

Barriers to Benefits roundtable w Auditor Bump

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 St. Francis House convened a roundtable with Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, City of Boston agencies and homeless service providers to discuss current difficulties to access or maintain existing State benefits. The forum closed with recommendations on institutional barriers to resolve and improve use of taxpayer dollars to help individuals […]

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Meet Joe, a St. Francis House guest with a home

Joe Burton and his case manager, Vinnie Perryman

 Joe checks a document during a recent appointment at St. Francis House with his case manager, Vinnie. Many do not realize that 25% of our guests each year are not homeless. Some of our housed guests first came to St. Francis House while experiencing homelessness but, as Joe’s story shows, continue to return for holistic […]

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