More than 100 potential applicants showed up to a weeknight information session about new affordable housing units in Roxbury. Saraya Wintersmith/WGBH News
At Dewitt Community Center in Lower Roxbury, dozens of housing hunters filed into the gym Tuesday night, hoping to secure an affordable unit in a new apartment complex opening nearby this spring. They could add to the 700 applicants that the Madison Park Development Corporation has already received for the 39 units.
“It shows the demand and the need for affordable housing,” said Jeanne Pinado, Madison Park’s CEO. She suggested that the online application process the nonprofit recently created has contributed to the number of applications.
“I think this isn’t unusual,” she continued. “It’s, frankly, probably easier to sit at your computer and fill an out application.”