Nonprofit plans 6 new affordable housing units in Wareham
An area nonprofit plans to create six units of affordable housing in Wareham with the help of a recent $75,000 state funding award. Father Bill’s & Mainspring was among eight organizations sharing in $385,000 awarded by MassHousing to help provide affordable sober housing and support services for people who are in recovery or homeless. The grant will support the organization’s plan to acquire and renovate an existing multi-family home at 950 Main St. to create the six apartments, according to John Yazwinski, the group’s president and CEO. The house sits on an otherwise largely undeveloped eight-acre site. The group plans to purchase the home and about an acre of surrounding land through a partnership with the Wareham Land Trust, which is acquiring the other seven acres for conservation, Yazwinski said. The project will be further funded with $250,000 provided by Wareham through its Community Preservation Act revenues, and $100,000 from the Wareham Affordable Housing Trust. Father Bill’s maintains more than 400 units of supportive, low-cost housing and emergency shelters south of Boston. In Wareham, it maintains 10 affordable housing units and partners with a local nonprofit on homeless prevention and shelter services.