Choice Neighborhoods

Boston is one of just five cities nationwide to receive the first-ever Implementation Grants awarded under HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative a new strategic approach intended to help transform high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into communities with healthy, affordable housing, safe streets, and access to quality educational opportunities. Boston joins Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle to receive a combined $122 million.

Pictured at the September 1, 2011 announcement: Mayor Thomas M. Menino, U.S. Senator John Kerry, Jeanne DuBois Executive Director of Dorchester Bay Economic Development and development resident Ms. Santos.

The Department of Neighborhood Development submitted the $20.5 million application for Choice Neighborhood funds from HUD along with support from Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Project R.I.G.H.T (Rebuild and Improve Grove Hall Together), the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), the Boston Public School Department and the City’s Office of Jobs and Community Services (JCS). The entire team will work together to implement the Quincy Corridor Transformation Plan that includes $12.3 million to assist the redevelopment of the distressed 129 unit Woodledge/Morrant Bay housing development (to be renamed Quincy Heights), $3.075 million will be used for community improvements such as community facilities, parks, gardens, economic development, job creation and asset building. The remaining $3.075 million will be used for supportive services for residents of Quincy Heights and the surrounding Quincy Street Corridor.

The project is located in the Quincy Corridor neighborhood, a ½-square-mile area centered on Quincy Street and bounded by Blue Hill Avenue on the West, East and West Cottage Streets on the North, the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line and Columbia Road on the East and Washington Street on the South. The neighborhood is home to approximately 8,900 people, about 38% of whom have incomes below the poverty line or make less than 30% of the area median income.

Quincy Corrider Target Area Map

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Feedback is welcome and may be submitted to: Policy Development & Research Division, Department of Neighborhood Development, 26 Court St., 8th floor, Boston, MA 02108 or by email to:

For more information, please contact Robert Gehret, Deputy Director for Policy Development & Research at 617.635.0242 or

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