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Ruth Barkley Apartments

1472 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118



Public Housing - Federal Family

How to Apply:
Click here to access our online and mail-in applications, or visit The John F. Murphy Housing Service Center, 56 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111

Welcome to Ruth Barkley Apartments

1472 Washington Street, South End

Located in the heart of the Historic South End neighborhood, the Ruth Barkley Apartments offer an array of modern apartments in a variety of configurations for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The complex is named after Ruth Barkley, a long-time tenant leader. Erected in 1950, now that renovations are complete, the Ruth Barkley Apartments offer 413 one to four bedroom apartments in a variety of walk-up style and elevator buildings as well as some townhouse units.  Rents are calculated at 30% of a resident’s income. Residents have the option of choosing a flat rent as well.


Ruth Barkley Apartments are just two miles from downtown Boston. A number of stores and businesses are located within walking distance, including up and coming resturants and fine establishments. The Blackstone Elementary and Cathedral High School are located across the street. The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club is steps away and includes many community services, recently renovated community chapel. The Boston Police Area D station is located directly across the street as is a Boston Fire Department Station. City Parks are located on Washington Street. Boston Medical Center, the Dialysis Center and the South End Community Health Center are located within steps from the development. 


Public transportation is a short walk away, with a bus stop on Washington Street. The Washington Street #49 MBTA bus provides transportation to downtown Boston. The silver line is steps away as well which makes frequent trips to Downtown Boston.

Programs and Services:

Ruth Barkley Apartments offer a wide range of amenities, programs and services including:

  • Community serivce orgainzer
  • Community room
  • On-site special assignment laborer
  • Two elevators in each of five high rise buildings
  • Resident parking
  • Active resident task force
  • On-site ESL computer classes
  • Professional full-time staff including manager and management aide
  • Spray pond
  • Computer room
  • Annual outdoor family day
  • Monthly meetings between the tenant task force and manager

Please call us at (617) 988-5040 if we can answer any questions or be of assistance to you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

*Some programs and services may change depending on funding and the needs of the residents.

Carpet: No

On-Site Laundry: No

On-Site Parking: Yes

Resident Services Coordinator: Yes

Smoke Free: Yes

Structure Type

Bedroom Sizes

Wheelchair Bedroom Sizes

Row or Townhouse Bedrooms Number Bedrooms Number
1 92 1 22
2 178 2 29
3 108 3 4
4 35 4 8
5 5
6 6

Region: 2

Staff Details: Waleska Figueroa
Housing Manager
(617) 988-5042

Roxie Rogers
Sr Office Mgmt Aide
(617) 988-5041

John Madore
Maint Superintendent
(617) 988-5327

Michael Caredeo
Crew Leader
(617) 988-5243


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