Historic tax credits and other government subsidies are being used to pay for the $2.8 million restoration of the Oscar Romero House at southwest corner of Allen and County Streets in New Bedford. The three-story rooming house was built in 1881, but has fell into disrepair in recent years. Pat Sullivan of the New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development says the structure has been vacant for 17 years.

The primary developers are the Waterfront Historic Area League and Community Action for Better Housing. Sullivan's Office of Housing and Community Development is kicking in $175,000. When complete, the Romero House will have a dozen affordable housing units and will be managed by Catholic Social Services.