State-of-the-Art building will provide critical social and early education services to homeless children and their families
Roxbury, MA – September 21, 2018 – Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families, and WaterMark Development, Inc. today broke ground on the new Horizons’ Center, a 140,000-square-foot social services center in Roxbury.
The center, located at 1785 Columbus Ave., is the first-of-its-kind in Massachusetts and will improve the education, health and well-being of the city’s homeless families by providing on-site early education programs as well as access to a variety of social services to help parents navigate the many complexities of homelessness.
“We are very excited to expand our reach and provide services to more children and their families through the additional space and resources in the new center,” said Kate Barrand, CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children. “We are grateful to WaterMark for partnering with Horizons on the new building, as well as the many donors who are making it possible for us to change the trajectory of our city’s homeless families.”
In addition to serving as the headquarters for Horizons and the location of their new 35,000-square-foot Early Education Center serving 225 children (ages two months to five years), the building will house the Department of Children and Families regional office, the national offices of YouthBuild USA, the Boston office of Room to Grow and a new restaurant concept owned by the local Abreu family.
The unique public/private joint venture between Horizons and WaterMark Development features the collaborative design efforts of studioMLA Architects and Embarc Studio and will be built by Commodore Builders. The project is a significant investment in the Roxbury community, providing valuable new services and bringing approximately 400 new jobs to the Jackson Square area. The Horizons Center is scheduled to open its doors in 2020.
Funding for this project is made possible through a unique combination of private gifts, new markets tax credits and construction financing provided by a bank consortium led by Eastern Bank and including Boston Private, The Life Initiative and Boston Community Capital. New Markets Tax Credit funding for the project was provided by MassDevelopment, Rose Urban Green Fund, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC), The Community Builders, Building America CDE, Partners for the Common Good, and Northern Trust. Additional funding was provided by Children’s Investment Fund, an affiliate of CEDAC.
About Horizons for Homeless Children
Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. Horizons provides high quality early education, comprehensive family support services, opportunities for play, and statewide advocacy work. Today, Horizons serves more than 1,600 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through three early education centers and more than 90 shelter-based Playspaces. For more information about Horizons for Homeless Children, please visit: www.horizonschildren.org.
About WaterMark Development, Inc.
For nearly 30 years WaterMark Development, Inc. has worked to restore Jamaica Plain and its surrounding area. By focusing on important historic buildings and forgotten or contaminated sites, we improve our neighborhood. With great attention paid to the accurate historic renovation of notable buildings, combined with the cutting edge building techniques and time honored craftsmanship, our diligence has made a lasting impression on the community. WaterMark is a full service developer and builder involved from the site acquisition, to neighborhood permitting process through the conclusion of each building project. WaterMark ensures best practices along every step of the process creating good will in every community in which we work.