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Residents Living at the 501-unit Clarendon Hill Towers Apartments in Somerville Will See Substantial Property Improvements With $50 Million in MassHousing Financing
Connolly and Partners, LLC, and the Clarendon Hill Towers Tenants Association plan approximately $13 million in property renovations
April 30, 2024

BOSTON – April 30, 2024 – Residents living at the 501-unit Clarendon Hill Towers Apartments in Somerville will have affordable rents preserved and see approximately $13 million in property improvements as a result of $50 million in MassHousing financing.

Connolly and Partners, LLC, and the Clarendon Hill Towers Tenant Association refinanced the property through MassHousing's Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/Ginnie Mae Joint Venture program with partner lender Rockport Mortgage Corporation.

"Clarendon Hill Towers is an important source of affordable housing for residents in Somerville and this transaction will provide them with significant improvements to the property for their comfort and safety," said MassHousing CEO Chrystal Kornegay.

"Connolly and Partners, LLC, and the Clarendon Hill Towers Tenant Association would like to thank MassHousing and Rockport Mortgage for their efforts in the successful refinance of Clarendon Hill Towers. This transaction strengthens our partnership and allows us to continue our ongoing commitment to the preservation of affordable, high-quality, safe, and accessible housing in Somerville. Furthermore, this refinance allows us to make significant improvements that will benefit our residents, community, and environment," said Andrew Comollo, Managing Director of Connolly and Partners.

MassHousing offers the MAP/Ginnie Mae loan program to the owners of rental housing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD provides expedited Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance approvals through the MAP program. MassHousing has surpassed $2.5 billion in cumulative MAP lending and the Agency has built the largest MAP lending program of any state housing finance agency in the nation.

The combination of FHA insurance and a Ginnie Mae guarantee enables borrowers to access taxable mortgage financing with lower interest rates, while preserving and extending affordability for hundreds of low-income individuals, senior citizens, and families. MassHousing provided the property owner with a $50 million, 35-year permanent loan.

"We are very pleased to once again work with the owners of Clarendon Hill Towers and MassHousing to refinance this important housing community," said Dan Lyons, Managing Partner of Rockport Mortgage. "This transaction not only ensures the ongoing affordability of Clarendon Hill Towers, it also provides the necessary funding to complete necessary upgrades and repairs that will improve the lives of the residents calling Clarendon Hill Towers home."

Clarendon Hill Towers consists of three 12-story residential buildings and a single-story administrative building. The residential buildings contain 249 one-bedroom apartments, 216 two-bedroom apartments, and 36 three-bedroom apartments. The housing community includes laundry facilities, a computer learning center, a library, a café, a fitness center, and a maintenance office.

All 501 apartments at Clarendon Hill Towers are restricted and affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), and 347 of the apartments are more deeply subsidized through a federal Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Contract. Importantly, residents were able to maintain their current rent levels as HUD agreed to fund the increased revenue needed to support the transaction by increasing the Section 8 subsidy.

Among the improvements slated for the property include bringing all units and common areas to full compliance with accessibility laws, balcony repairs, storm drain repairs, sewer main replacement, roof repairs, replacement of all electrical panels, replacement of windows and balcony doors, new boilers, brick repointing and upgrades to common areas and the garage.

MassHousing has financed 12 rental housing communities in Somerville totaling 2,025 units and $222.1 million in total financing. The Agency has provided home mortgage loans to 887 homebuyers and homeowners in Somerville with an original purchase principal balance of $145 million.

About MassHousing's MAP/Ginnie Mae Initiative

MassHousing has partnered with experienced MAP lender Rockport Mortgage Corporation. Rockport prepares the submission of each transaction for HUD’s approval. MassHousing then closes the new loan and issues a Ginnie Mae Mortgage Backed Security (MBS), which has consistently provided the multifamily mortgage industry its most competitive long term, taxable interest rates.

With each MAP/Ginnie Mae loan, MassHousing continues as the mortgagee of record and becomes a Ginnie Mae servicer. This ensures affordability, as each completed transaction will require the property owner to rent at least 20 percent of the units to those earning less than 80 percent of the area median income. Affordability at many properties could be at risk were MassHousing unable to offer this product, as owners could refinance with other lenders who do not require affordability restrictions.

About Connolly and Partners, LLC

Connolly and Partners, a First Hartford company, was founded in 2005 by William Connolly and Neil Ellis as a platform to preserve and develop affordable, workforce, and mixed-income housing. Our team’s considerable experience, relationships, and resources have consistently enabled us to surpass our goal of creating quality housing and supportive service opportunities in our communities. Our existing communities, and those under development, span urban and suburban markets in seven states. For more information about Connolly and Partners, please visit our website at

About Rockport Mortgage Corporation

Rockport Mortgage Corporation is a privately owned commercial mortgage banking firm founded in 1992 and located on the North Shore of Boston. Rockport specializes in providing FHA-insured loans to market-rate, affordable and senior housing communities and healthcare facilities through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and has been approved under HUD’s Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Program since the program inception in 2001. The Rockport team works collectively to navigate the complexities of FHA/HUD-insured finance programs, developing strategic solutions to meet the needs of our clients. For more information about Rockport Mortgage Corporation please visit

About MassHousing

MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided approximately $29 billion for affordable housing. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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