South End Cooperative Hsg
163 West Springfield Street
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 02118

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Funding Programs

South End Cooperative Hsg was developed and operates with Federal housing financing. The property utilizes the Project Based Sec. 8 Federal housing program to make rent affordable to lower income tenants.

Section 8

South End Cooperative Hsg has a project-based Section 8 contract. 73 of the 73 total units at the property receive Section 8 assistance. This means that 100% of the renter households in the property pay no more than 30% of their adjusted income for rent.

The current Section 8 contract was effective on September 22, 2010 and the contract expires on September 21, 2030. The Section 8 contract rent is 157.4% of the Fair Market Rent for the area. According to the HUD Multifamily database, the fair market rents for the area are $1,056.00 for Zero Bedroom, $1,261.00 for One Bedroom, $1,567.00 for Two Bedroom, $1,945.00 for Three Bedroom, and $2,148.00 for Four Bedroom.

44% of Massachusetts properties and 26% of all properties across the country have Section 8 rental subsidies. See the Rent Subsidies section for more.


South End Cooperative Hsg is an affordable apartment community located in Boston, Massachusetts which is located in Suffolk County. The property is located in Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District served by Representative Michael Capuano (D), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) and Senator Edward Markey (D).

South End Cooperative Hsg is an apartment community containing 69 rental units. The property contains 129 bedrooms and based on typical apartment occupancy limits, South End Cooperative Hsg is home to not more than 254 persons when fully occupied.

Rent Subsidies

South End Cooperative Hsg provides rental subsidies to renters. The type of subsidy provided to apartment renters in Boston, MA by this property is Project Based Sec. 8.

This subsidy allows the renter to pay 30% of his or her income for rent while the subsidy pays the difference. To qualify, a renter must earn 50% or less of the Area Median Income.

There is a minimum rent payment of not less than $25 and as much as $50 for all subsidy recipients at this property. That means that even if a renter has zero income, they will still be required to pay rent. In recent years, there have been various legislative proposals to increase the Section 8 minimum rent but advocates make the valid point that minimum rents affect the poorest of the poor.

Unit Mix

South End Cooperative Hsg contains a mix of 69 assisted studio, one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments for rent. There are 8 Studio, 23 One Bedroom, 15 Two Bedroom, 16 Three Bedroom, and 7 Four Bedroom apartments in this property. The unit mix is 12% Studio, 33% One Bedroom, 22% Two Bedroom, 23% Three Bedroom, and 10% Four Bedroom apartment rentals. The average bedroom size for South End Cooperative Hsg is 1.77.

Massachusetts's 7th

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