On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, St. Francis House and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston welcomed a full crowd for a historic ribbon cutting ceremony. The unique partnership announced one of the city’s newest additions: #TheUnionat48.
The Union at 48 Boylston Street will provide 46 units of affordable housing in the heart of downtown Boston for people who are homeless or have experienced homelessness.
Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley opened with a warm prayer. Karen LaFrazia, President and CEO of St. Francis House, and Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs welcomed the room for joining us on this momentous occasion.
Honorable remarks followed by Massachusetts’ own Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Senator Joe Boncore, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Bank of America’s Maria Barry. The event ended with Andrew Moskevich, a resident of The Union, who shared his personal journey and gratefulness with us all.
At St. Francis, we know that without a home, finding a job and being an active member of the community is impossible. This building will strengthen the shelter’s mission to provide pathways to stability. In addition to the current 56 units available through SFH’s Next Step Housing program, this project will bring the total number of affordable housing units at St. Francis House to 102.
St. Francis’ Karen LaFrazia said it best: “Today in unity, we celebrate The Union and today we define what the world needs most: love and compassion. Thank you for making this dream a reality.”
The Ribbon Cutting for The Union at 48 Boylston
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