In 2011, the YMCA of Central Square sold the Central House to Caritas Communities. The Central House provides 128 units of deeply affordable SRO housing for men in the heart of Central Square, close to jobs, services and transportation. Caritas Communities is an experienced developer and manager of SRO housing. Caritas Communities oversaw the renovation of the property, including restoration of the historic façade.
The Central House provides single-room occupancy housing for men through various service providers, as well as "street" units that are available to any income-qualified applicant. The goal of the Central House and Caritas Communities is to prevent homelessness and provide stable housing.
The renovation included new bathrooms; upgrades to common areas; new windows; and upgraded electrical and HVAC systems, including improved energy efficiency.