Recently, we joined our client Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Residencia Betances, an 11-room, single-occupancy building serving low income individuals with serious mental health issues in Boston’s South End. IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado highlighted a list of distinguished speakers such as State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay, Advisor to the Mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness Laila Bernstein, and CEDAC Director of Housing Development Sara Barcan.

This event honored a very special and unique property in Boston. Originally developed in 1993, Residencia Betances is one of the few properties that provides supportive housing to Spanish-speaking residents who are formerly homeless clients of the Department of Mental Health. Following the ceremony, attendees toured the property and got a chance to see the beautiful renovations including enhancements to the property’s historical brownstone exterior and upgrades to the common areas to create more of an open and welcoming floor plan. Improvements were also made to the individual units.

One of the most meaningful aspects of this development is the unparalleled care and support provided by IBA and the Department of Mental Health. Residents have access to a range of supportive services that enable them to live successfully and optimize their overall health, wellness and recovery. A bilingual and bicultural support staff works around the clock to facilitate treatments and further rehabilitation goals. Additionally, the staff assists residents with a wide range of services including symptom management, community skill development as well as support with medication administration and health care appointments and meal preparation. All residents are encouraged to partake in social, employment and wellness activities.

It is rare we get to celebrate gems like Residencia Betances that serve such a unique and necessary function, and we hope to see more attention paid to such crucial developments in the city.