Walsh announces $30m grant to revitalize Roxbury housing

Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke at the Whittier Street housing development in Roxbury, which was built in 1953.

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke at the Whittier Street housing development in Roxbury, which was built in 1953.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined local officials Monday to announce a $30 million federal grant to revitalize the Whittier Street housing development and the surrounding neighborhood in Roxbury.

The Boston Housing Authority and the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development applied for the grant under the federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a program supported by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a statement from Walsh’s office.


“As we shape Boston’s growth, we must make sure our progress benefits everyone, especially long-term residents of the city,” Walsh said.

The mayor also thanked President Obama and the Massachusetts congressional delegation for their work in securing the grant.

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The announcement marks the second time the city has received a Choice Neighborhoods grant, officials said. Boston also received a grant in 2011.

“This grant helps us to continue our commitment of providing healthy, safe, and accessible affordable housing to the residents that live within the Whittier corridor,” said Bill McGonagle, Boston Housing Authority administrator.

The Whittier Street housing development takes up an area of roughly 1 square mile and is home to 2,418 households, city officials said.


Built in 1953, Whittier Street is over 60 years old and the city hopes the grant will allow the property to be updated to “fit with the current mixed-use neighborhood.”

The plan will be driven by three goals, according to Walsh’s office: neighborhood, housing, and people.

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