South End Tenants Houses II
139 Pembroke St
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 02118

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Funding Programs

South End Tenants Houses Ii 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 Tenants Houses Ii has a project-based Section 8 contract. 172 of the 185 total units at the property receive Section 8 assistance. This means that 93% 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 May 06, 2003 and the contract expires on May 05, 2023. The Section 8 contract rent is 183% 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 Tenants Houses Ii 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 Tenants Houses Ii is an apartment community containing 168 rental units. The property contains 275 bedrooms and based on typical apartment occupancy limits, South End Tenants Houses Ii is home to not more than 532 persons when fully occupied.

Rent Subsidies

South End Tenants Houses Ii 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 Tenants Houses Ii contains a mix of 168 assisted studio, one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments for rent. There are 14 Studio, 64 One Bedroom, 71 Two Bedroom, 7 Three Bedroom, and 12 Four Bedroom apartments in this property. The unit mix is 8% Studio, 38% One Bedroom, 42% Two Bedroom, 4% Three Bedroom, and 7% Four Bedroom apartment rentals. The average bedroom size for South End Tenants Houses Ii is 1.49.

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