Dot Block

Dot Block

1211 Dorcester Avenue, Boston, MA

Dot Block is a new mixed-use development situated along the MBTA’s Red Line between the Savin Hill and Fields Corner stations. The property is accessible via MBTA bus service for line 18. The first phase includes 245 apartment rentals, including 33 income-restricted units available by lottery in the spring of 2023. We encourage you to sign up below for updates, including notification of when it is time to apply for the lottery.

The income-restricted units include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments affordable to lower to moderate-income levels than typical market-rate projects. Seven (7) units will be restricted to households earning up to below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) & twenty-six (26) units will be restricted to households earning up to 70% AMI. Income limits and rents are published by the City of Boston at

Under the City of Boston’s Neighborhood Diversity Preservation Policy pilot, half of the income-restricted units are prioritized for local, income-eligible residents (i.e., those currently residing within ¾ mile of Dot Block) who also meet the rent burden criteria included in the policy pilot.  The city’s policy aims to minimize displacement by providing housing preferences to existing neighborhood residents experiencing a rent burden. A secondary preference is also applied to income-eligible applicants who are existing City of Boston residents. The next preference is for households with at least one person per bedroom for the two and three-bedroom units. For the three-bedroom unit, you must have two people to be eligible. Please click here for a list of addresses within ¾ mile of Dot Block.

There are 345 of garage parking spaces available. The estimated cost at this time is $250/month. Importantly, as a project developed under the City of Boston’s Compact Living Policy Pilot, residents will not be allowed to obtain residential parking permits. They will be notified of this before signing a lease by Management.  Per the Policy, “Developers of projects with Compact Living units must notify prospective residents about the inability to obtain residential parking permits before signing a lease or purchasing a unit.”

Maloney Properties anticipates marketing these income-restricted apartment rentals in February 2023, but this timeline is dependent on the Boston Fair Housing Commission’s (BFHC) scheduling for review of the mandatory application databases.


Applying to the Lottery

Sign up to receive updates about this lottery, including how and when to apply. The lottery application period will open in spring 2023. Before the beginning of the lottery, we will announce and advertise the start date. The lottery application period will be open for at least 30 days. Applications will be available online at, and paper applications will be available by request. To request a paper application, please contact us:
Tel: (617) 639-3064 ext. 737 | Relay 711

There is no supporting documentation required to apply to the lottery.

Applicant Selection Process

The lottery drawing will be held roughly 2-3 weeks after the application period closes. All Applicants will receive a Zoom link from Maloney Properties. Attendance at the lottery drawing is not required. Applicants selected on the date of the lottery will be notified via email and afforded the opportunity to tour the building and submit a rental application. Acceptance of a rental application is subject to the City confirming the Applicant is income-eligible.

Application Support

Support will be provided at all stages of the application process. Office hours will be held in Spring 2023 at the property on evenings and weekends. We encourage interested parties to sign up for alerts about application distribution and office hours. Translation support and translated published materials will be made available by contacting Maloney Properties:
Tel: (617) 639-3064 ext 737 | Relay 711


Income Questions:

How is my income calculated?
The household income is calculated based on the gross income of the household. Commissions, bonuses and other regular payments are included and considered part of the gross annual income.

I didn’t file taxes last year. What do I need to provide?
Individuals or households who did not file taxes must provide a verification of non-filing from the IRS in lieu of a tax return. To obtain the verification of non-filing, applicants should fill out a 4506-T form and file it by mail or hand-deliver it to an IRS office. The IRS will mail back a letter of verification which must be provided with the income materials given to the marketing agent. See the IRS website to download a 4506-T form.

I received a pay raise between the time I picked up an application and the time I was income certified and now I am over the income limit. What do I do?
Income is calculated at the time the applicant submits an application to the lottery agent, not during the application process or at the time of the lottery. Eligibility must be maintained from the time of the application pick up until after income certification verification. Unfortunately, if an applicant’s income is over the income limit, the applicant will not be eligible for the particular unit for which they applied.

I have children in school/college, how does this affect my application?
Income from children in school/college under the age of 18 is not considered towards the income of the household.

Are student loans considered income?
Student loans are not considered income and may not be used to income qualify.

I am separated from my spouse, does this affect my application?
Legally married couples shall both be considered part of the household, even if separated. Applicants with additional questions regarding this policy must speak with the marketing agent/seller.

I would like to appeal a decision regarding income eligibility. How do I appeal? Applicants who are rejected will receive a rejection letter in writing and will be given 7 days for the opportunity to appeal the decision.

If you have questions about this property, please contact us.