Weekly Links

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

HarvardGazette: To advance sustainability, fight inequality, researcher says
Unless social and economic inequalities are addressed, sustainability efforts in urban centers will likely stall or never take hold, according to a new Harvard study. This paper.

Boston Globe: In boon for Baker, Mass. ranked best state
U.S. News & World Report handed Massachusetts bragging rights Tuesday. In the publication’s first-ever national ranking of the 50 states, Massachusetts came out as “best,” boosted by strength in education and health care.

CityLab: The Housing Crisis Is a Building Crisis
Construction industry productivity in the U.S. is lower today than it was in 1968—and it won’t pick up unless it can embrace modernization.

Chelsea Record: Non-Attendance:More than 2,000 Students Absent from School on ‘Day Without an Immigrant’
On Wednesday, one day before last Thursday’s (Feb. 16) ‘Day Without an Immigrant’ protest, a fifth grader came up to his principal at one of the elementary schools.

New York Times: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
WASHINGTON — The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

SpareChange: HUD 101: Housing Advocates Brace For Changes Under Trump Administration
On Feb. 7, 2017, a small group came together at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain to learn about the change in administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Next City: New Model Could Help Cities Predict Gentrifying Neighborhoods
Run a Google search for “gentrification” and you’ll get thousands of news items and scholarly articles on how urban revitalization risks pushing low-income communities out of cities.

Salon: Could totally scrapping welfare and creating jobs eliminate poverty?
Peter Cove’s new book, “Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and the War on Poverty,” offers a plan to scrap traditional welfare and cash assistance programs. Instead, Cove suggests restructuring anti-poverty programs to prioritize jobs above all else.

Chelsea Record: Roca CEO Speaks in Washington, D.C. about Organization
Chelsea-based Roca Inc. delivered a powerful talk Thursday, Feb. 9, at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, sharing the story of Roca and how relentless outreach and data can help change the cycle of recidivism in our country.

Celebrating 10 Years of VITA

Revere and Chelsea, MA -- In the world of upside-down tax programs, for every dollar of homeownership tax benefits a low-income family gets, a multi-millionaire will get $15,450 (The Topic Policy Center). But there is one tax program that actually has a positive impact on the working families that need the assistance: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

And The Neighborhood Developers (TND) is having its 10th anniversary of providing VITA services to Chelsea and Revere.  On average, the tax-credit refund amount for TND's VITA clients is 9% of their annual income. So coming to TND for just one service gets them almost a 10th of their income for the whole year. This means they really rely on this service being available to them.

Across the nation, each year VITA volunteers prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide. “In 2014, the EITC [Earned Income Tax Credit] lifted 6.7 million people out of poverty. The same year, the Child Tax Credit protected approximately 3.1 million people from poverty, including about 1.6 million children.” (Results.org) Here is a moment to multiply 6.7 million and 3.1 million by 10 years.

Organizations like The Neighborhood Developers open their doors to residents and guide them through the tax system to life-changing tax credits, including: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); Child Tax Credit (CTC); and The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).

The late Senator Edward Kennedy said, “If you work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, in the richest nation in the world, you should not have to live in poverty.” For millions of families, VITA made that a reality.

The Neighborhood Developers and the other VITA organizations around the country provide this service with the help of volunteers. Volunteers are the core of VITA. Many come with no experience working with taxes, and they are trained by organizations like The Neighborhood Developers on how to provide this direct service, to participate in the national movement that collectively pulls millions of people out of poverty.


Come and Make a Difference! Be Part of Making Chelsea Cleaner and Safer!  Please join us, the Community Enhancement Team (CET), every 3rd Wednesday of the month. The CET is a team of resident leaders committed to working together to solve community problems and improve the quality of life, the cleanliness and safety in Chelsea. If you are interested in getting involved and making a difference in Chelsea, please join us!


Wed, March 15, 2017, 6pm -8pm


Highland Terrace community room (59/61gerrish ave)


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