BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a multi-million dollar affordable housing plan on Thursday morning. The mayor made the announcement from Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain, one of the properties planned for a renovation into affordable housing.
The city is planning to spend $67 million on the project, across 17 projects in eight Boston neighborhoods.
Mayor Wu said the 802 new housing units will be widely varied. 160 of the planned apartments will be restricted to seniors only.
"They include affordable housing, senior housing, supportive housing, they rely on partnerships with for-profit and non-profit developers and will be built on public and private land," she said.
The projects will be built or renovated in Allston, Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury and South Boston. The announcement comes as the mayor tries to fulfill key campaign promises this week, including sending a rent control proposal to the Boston City Council.
Mayor Wu also stressed the need to conserve the affordable housing in the city that's already there. The Mayor's Office defines the eligibility for "income-restricted" housing with a formula based on the area median income.