The Stearns
10 Temple Pl
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 02111

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Funding Programs

The Stearns was developed and operates with Federal housing financing. The property utilizes 2 Federal housing programs to make rent affordable to lower income tenants. These programs are Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Project Based Sec. 8.

Section 8

The Stearns has a project-based Section 8 contract. 139 of the 140 total units at the property receive Section 8 assistance. This means that 99% 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 August 01, 2000 and the contract expires on July 31, 2020. The Section 8 contract rent is 194.5% 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 and $1,261.00 for One 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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

The property was developed using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. This program incentivizes investors to inject capital into rental apartments for lower income Americans. . 139 of 140 units at The Stearns are low income and subject to the tax credit program. The property, at the time of the tax credit allocation, was not located in a Qualified Census Tract or a Difficult Development Area and was not qualified for additional tax credit funding.

Overview

The Stearns 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).

The Stearns is an apartment community containing 139 rental units. The property contains 135 bedrooms and based on typical apartment occupancy limits, The Stearns is home to not more than 206 persons when fully occupied.

Rent Subsidies

The Stearns 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

The Stearns contains a mix of 139 assisted studio and one bedroom apartments for rent. There are 4 Studio and 135 One Bedroom apartments in this property. The unit mix is 3% Studio and 97% One Bedroom apartment rentals. The average bedroom size for The Stearns is 0.96.

Massachusetts's 7th

Congressional District

139

Total Units

139

Tax Credit Units

139

Project Based Sec. 8 Units

194.5

% of Fair Market Rent

31-Jul-20

Project Based Sec. 8 Contract Expiration

Studio and One

Unit Mix

0.96

Average Bedroom Size

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