Chazzie Henderson was excited to move from Florida to start a new job as a 5th grade teacher in Boston, until she saw the rents: around $2,000 for an apartment in fair condition at best. She did not earn enough to afford a market-rate apartment in Boston but earned too much to qualify for a traditional subsidized unit.
Fortunately, Chazzie discovered The Watson, a new apartment complex in Quincy, just south of Boston. She qualified for one of the workforce units for moderate-income residents like herself. At The Watson, Chazzie pays a rent she can afford and lives in an economically diverse community with market-rate tenants, lower-income residents and middle-income families.
"Besides the aesthetics, I love that The Watson provides modern apartments and - with the secured access system - the safety that I need as a single mother," she said. "Paying below market rent has allowed me to maintain the lifestyle my daughter and I are accustomed to. The cost of living in Massachusetts is significantly higher than Florida, but I am able to afford my rent without struggling financially, and I love my home."