Community Leadership Institute

This past weekend The Neighborhood Developers was able to send 6 residents to the NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute conference in Houston Texas.  CLI is a “three day training event that aims to strengthen the voices and skills of the community, resident and volunteer leaders.” Participants from all over the USA attended this training, were at the end of the training participants are eligible for a $4,000 grant for an action plan created by the resident leaders.

 

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Yenis Joya, Resident Service Coordinator Monica Elias, Resident Service Manager Gabriel Fonseca, Elizabeth Ramos (Middle), Pamela Ross (Front), Loira Moore (Back), Marcus Queen (Back) Mina Jlil (Front) and Vice President of Resident Service Monica Dean.

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TND’s team was composed by TND residents housed in our properties and community residents from both cities of Chelsea and Revere. This team was led in efforts with TND resident service department.  

For many of our residents this was the first time traveling outside MA.  During the trainings our residents engaged with residents from all over the country were they found inspirations in each other. A big take away for our residents was that there are many communities in the USA fighting for affordability in their communities and trying to strengthen community engagement, not much difference in comparison to our communities. TND is excited to see what community action plan grows from this year’s CLI team.

“Con amor y respeto we stand in solidarity with you”

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Iftar Dinner

Ramadan is the most holy Islamic holiday of the year, it's a holy month of fasting and prayers for Muslims. During Ramadan Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They break their fast by sharing meals with family and friends. Last Wednesday June 13th, the residents from 525 Beach in Revere hosted an iftar dinner and invited neighbors and friends; Muslim and non Muslim friends. This was a great opportunity for non Muslims friends to explore and share this culture.

A Colombian resident Maria Patino and her son Carlos Patino attended the iftar dinner and stated they were so happy and felt so welcomed to explore and understand their neighbors culture. Maria shared with resident service that everything was, “Estupendo, todo muy rico, me encanto!” (Excellent, everything was so delicious, I enjoyed it!)  It was a great night for the residents of 525 Beach, they broke fast together, enjoyed each other's company and learned so much from each other. The community room was filled with noise, laughter, neighborly love and delicious food.

Here you can see some dishes that residents and friends shared during the iftar dinner. The harira soup is a very traditional soup served during Ramadan filled with chickpeas, lentils, tomatoes and other fresh veggies. As well you can see all the delicious pastries baked, Sondos Zenina a resident from 525 Beach is known for her famous desserts, on the far left she has baked a pistachio kataifi cake and a friend shared a homemade baklava.  

This was a great night to remember!

Launch into Summer Events! #NWW18

On June 7th, in celebration of NeighborWorks Week, TND with the help of many volunteers hosted the Launch into Summer event in Chelsea Square.

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This annual event on the first Thursday in June is usually hosted in TND's office, but due to the large amount of summer events happening in Chelsea Square this summer, changing the location seemed obvious.  Over 100 community members came out to Chelsea Square to enjoy music, play games, learn about resources and most importantly to connect with their neighbors.  Thank you to NeighborWorks and all of the resident leaders who volunteered; together you made this event possible.

BIG NEWS! 40 YEARS, PARTNERSHIPS, AND NEW LEADERSHIP

INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP -- OPPORTUNITY COMMUNITIES -- EXPANDS NONPROFIT CAPACITY FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND TRIGGERS TND LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

On Thursday May 31st The Neighborhood Developers publicly introduced Rafael Mares as its incoming Executive Director when more than 200 were on hand to celebrate the organization’s 40th Anniversary.  Those who welcomed Rafael included Congressman Michael Capuano, Secretary of the MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, EOHED Undersecretary Juan Vega, Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator Joseph Boncore, Representative Joseph McGonagle, Brian Arrigo Mayor of Revere, and Tom Ambrosino Chelsea City Manager as well as many City Councilors, organizational members, friends and allies.

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Rafael is well known regionally for his work with the Conservation Law Foundation where as a Vice President and Program Director of the Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program he has provided legal, technical, and strategic support to equitable transportation and community development efforts. His work on the Fairmount Indigo Corridor, for example, served to improve economic opportunity and mobility for Boston residents in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park that were without efficient or rapid transit to downtown employment. Prior to joining the Conservation Law Foundation, Rafael worked at the Wilmer Hale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School in Jamaica Plain representing indigent tenants in fair housing and eviction matters. Rafael and his family are residents of Revere, one of three cities served by The Neighborhood Developers. The ability to support equitable development within his own community is part of what drew Rafael to apply to for the position.

“Rafael has been a steadfast advocate for healthy communities across New England,” said Bradley Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. “His work ensuring equitable access to the MBTA and fighting for environmental justice in places like Lawrence, Massachusetts will have a lasting impact on countless lives. All of us at CLF will certainly miss his energy and the passion he showed for his work over the last nine years.”

Also announced at The Neighborhood Developers’ 40th Celebration event was the launch of Opportunity Communities (OppCo), a new and innovative joint-venture launched in April 2018 to increase the capacity of community development nonprofits to sponsor socially just, locally controlled, and equitable change within low- and moderate-income communities. Opportunity Communities was co-founded by The Neighborhood Developers and Nuestra Comunidad of Boston. Across the two non-profits organizations is a housing portfolio of 1,150 apartments, which provide a stable home to over 3,000 low- and moderate-income individuals. Greater scale provides greater opportunity. Through OppCo, The Neighborhood Developers and Nuestra Comunidad are leveraging their combined resources and creating a common, shared set of core operations and programs with significantly more capacity than either organization can afford on its own. The end result is a more sustainable, efficient and robust structure for community development activities that sustains each organization‘s distinct identity, independent non-profit status, and control over mission, assets, and strategy. The model is designed for scale; up to ten community development non-profits are expected to join OppCo in the years ahead.

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Stepping into the role as CEO of OppCo is Ann Houston, who for the last 14 years has served as the Executive Director of The Neighborhood Developers. Ann Houston joined The Neighborhood Developers in November 2003 with a mandate to expand the organization’s real estate development program. She accomplished this and much, much more. During her tenure with the organization, The Neighborhood Developers completed 16 real estate projects with 378 new or rehabbed homes representing more than $100 million invested in healthy, affordable homes for low and moderate-income households. Other major organizational milestones that occurred during Ann’s tenure include geographic expansion into Revere (2010) and Everett (2017) and the creation of CONNECT, an innovative partnership that supports low-income individuals and families to find a better job and achieve greater economic stability and mobility.

At the event another community development organization that is also turning 40 during 2018 -- NeighborWorks America – was recognized as The Neighborhood Developers’ Partner of the Year. NeighborWorks America exists today because 40 years ago, a coalition of residents, government officials, bankers and community members decided to experiment with a new way of making communities better places to live. Instead of public housing projects, this coalition envisioned better, more affordable homes in the places that people need them most. Since its Congressional chartering in 1978, NeighborWorks has expanded to nearly 250 members nationwide. Yet, it has retained what makes it unique: a grassroots approach that allows every organization the flexibility to focus on the needs of its particular community. The Neighborhood Developers is one of the first NeighborWorks organizations formed by a local coalition of Chelsea leaders and benefits from all that NeighborWorks has to offer: technical assistance; flexible grants; comprehensive, tailored training; and the opportunity to interact with and learn from fellow professionals from a variety of sectors.

Partner Of The Year

NeighborWorks America

Partner of the Year

NeighborWorks America exists today because 40 years ago, a coalition of residents, government officials, bankers and community members decided to experiment with a new way of making communities better places to live. Instead of public housing projects, this coalition envisioned better, more affordable homes in the places that people need them most. Since its Congressional chartering in 1978, NeighborWorks has expanded to nearly 250 members nationwide. Yet, it has retained what makes it unique: a grassroots approach that allows every organization the flexibility to focus on the needs of its particular community.

TND is one of the first organizations chartered by NeighborWorks America – then known as Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.  Both organizations are celebrating their 40th anniversaries in 2018.

Accepting the TND Partner of the Year Award on behalf of NeighborWorks was Jeffrey Bryson, Interim CEO and President. Joining Jeffrey were Katie Watts, SVP of Field Operations, and Joan Straussman, now Director of the Northeast Region. Also on hand was Margo Kelly who was the first NeighborWorks America representative to support the Chelsea start-up as well as Michael Williams who plays that role today. TND benefits from all that NeighborWorks has to offer: technical assistance; flexible grants; comprehensive, tailored training; and the opportunity to interact with and learn from fellow professionals from a variety of sectors.

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NeighborWorks America is a tremendously valuable funding partner having invested nearly $8M over the last fifteen years in TND.  Through their support for organizational capacity building, NeighborWorks has assisted TND in good times and challenging times. They are a valuable forum for learning – some of our best ideas were nurtured through conversations at NeighborWorks forums and work on national committees.  At CONNECT we say that people can’t aspire to what they don’t know about: NeighborWorks America constantly raises our aspirations.

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The day after the celebration, TND was happy to host our Neighborworks America guests on a tour: Jeffrey Bryson, Katie Watts, and Michael Williams. As we both celebrate our 40th anniversaries, we enjoyed sharing our work and vision for home, community, and opportunity into the future.

Volunteer Of The Year

Inocencia Perez

Volunteer Of The Year

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Inocencia Perez is someone who is a connector within our community. When Inocencia learns about something beneficial, she makes sure that people in her network learn about the opportunity.  She’ll also go one step farther and offer to babysit, if that is what is needed to allow a parent to make an appointment. TND and CONNECT are grateful that Inocencia found us, as she is responsible for bringing many of her peers in to access one of CONNECT’s many financial opportunity services and she has emerged as one of our community leaders. 

Like many in our community, three years ago Inocencia was facing displacement from her apartment due to rising rents. CONNECT helped Inocencia to stabilize her housing situation. She says that what keeps her involved, is her understanding that CONNECT can help her to achieve greater financial stability and mobility. 

In the fall of 2014, Inocencia was taking ESL classes at CONNECT. She initiated an effort to bring a group of Spanish-speaking students to a CONNECT Credit Class as she saw a real need for greater financial literacy among her peers.  Always a good networker, Inocencia joined a CONNECT Family Circle, and then went on to host a series of Family Circles in her home. Through these facilitated gatherings, participants envision their financial dreams and they find support as they brainstorm and share their struggles. It was through another Circle participant that Inocencia found a job working in a restaurant, proving that she too could benefit economically as a result of her social network.

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Inocencia is one of the resident founders of Walk Wednesday, a joint project of MGH, TND and Social Capital Inc.  This group meets every Wednesday morning at the Chelsea Library to explore our city on foot, and to share information about beneficial community based services. Each week the group walks, stops for Zumba, and then visits a local business for coffee and treats. Due to Inocencia’s outreach and that of others, Walk Wednesday continues to grow with 30 participants this year.  
 

Revere Member Of The Year

JAN DUMAS

Revere Member Of The Year

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Jan Dumas is a Shirley Avenue resident of Revere who cares deeply about her neighbors and equitable access to community resources.  She is also someone who has shared her powerful personal story as she advocates for affordable homes.

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Jan Dumas became a TND member five years ago after participating in her first NeighborCircle. She later went on to host her own NeighborCircle at her own home to deepen social connections among her neighbors. During the course of her membership with TND, Jan has completed four leadership trainings, learning how to facilitate NeighborCircles, how to set goals for change in a neighborhood setting, and most recently, she completed a Board Leadership Bootcamp where participants learned how to join a municipal Board.

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Jan says, “My service dog Neelix and I are part of the team working to make Shirley Avenue a better neighborhood.”  As an active Revere Community Committee member, Jan has helped to plan and implement many community building events including five Shirley Cultural Festivals and at least eight neighborhood clean-ups. Inspired by another RCC member, she became a proud steward of the second Little Free Library in the City of Revere this past summer, enabling neighbors to access books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. This love of books is part of another passion of Jan’s. When she is not actively helping out her community, Jan organizes conventions for those interested in science fiction and fantasy.

Chelsea Member Of The Year

Mike Sandoval

Chelsea Member Of The Year

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Mike became involved with TND as a participant in Neighborcircles, a series of dinners held in a community members' home. Prior to that, Mike claims he was "in the dark, not knowing how to get involved". He was working two jobs, hardly interacted with his neighbors, and didn't really know much about what was going on in the community.  Mike explained that TND provided the tools to stay connected and once he became connected, everything changed. He met other neighbors, started participating in countless events like safety walks, neighborhood meetings and clean ups, and in 2007 he co-founded a resident group called the Community Enhancement Team. Mike says he has been on a journey -- eager to learn and eager to bridge the divisions within the community and this desire was apparent one day by the soon-to-be Box District Park.

Before the City developed the Box District Park, there was a North Bellingham Hill Revitalization Plan that provided an opportunity for residents, TND and Chelsea City officials to talk about their visions for change in the neighborhood.  Creating safe spaces for children to play was one of the priorities identified by area residents. Not long after the North Bellingham Hill Plan was completed, Mike joined a group of stakeholders that helped to design the Box District Park. The planning group took a field trip to what was then an empty lot at the end of Gerrish Avenue. While people were talking, Mike noticed a woman and her children on the outskirts looking on.  Mike crossed the street and walked up to the woman. The woman was curious about what was going on, but she didn't speak English so she was watching from the side. Mike described the plans that TND and the City had for the area -- that they were going to build housing and a park that would be open to the community for her kids to enjoy. He then brought the woman and her children over to see the proposed blueprint of the Box District Park.  

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Jay Ash, who was Chelsea’s City Manager at the time, was at the park that day. Soon after he brought Mike on to led recycling efforts for the City. On any given day, you are likely to see Mike Sandoval walking around picking up trash, but this isn't because it is his job; it is because he believes in taking care of his community both on and off the clock.  Together with members of the Community Enhancement Team, a former dumping ground at the corner of Willow and Marlborough was transformed. Since adopting this area in 2016, the group has transformed it into a beautiful space filled with sunflowers. For the past three years, Mike Sandoval has visited this site 3-5 times per week to collect trash, weed or water the plants. This commitment illustrates Mike's dedication to his City, and the beautiful sunflowers that transform the area during the summer is as Mike would say "a beautiful example of what the community can accomplish through connecting.

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Mike, "Mr. Chelsea" as some would call him, constantly pushes himself and the community to strive for better things. On behalf of TND and the City of Chelsea, thank you Mike for all your hard work over the years.

Food For Thought

As a Community Engagement Manager, I often use food as a simple tool to connect with others. So when we welcomed our new Director of Community Engagement and Collective Impact, Vicente Sanabria to TND last month, I was happy to hear that he is a foodie,  Whenever you meet him, ask him about the mango experience on Shirley Ave. I promise you it’s entertaining.

These are snapshots of Vicente’s visits to Revere so far:

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Here is Vicente’s first office visit with Director of Revere CARES Sylvia Chiang where he and Sylvia exchanged pleasantries in español. Sylvia shared that her grandfather was Chinese though she herself doesn’t speak the language or cook much Chinese cuisine at home. While at work, her go to Asian restaurant in Shirley Ave neighborhood is Thmor Da.

Here is Vicente at the home of Kristen Janjar, a TND Revere Board member. To make this less business like and more welcoming, the Janjars opened up their home to us and fellow TND Revere Board member, Tech Leng,  for dinner to get to know the new guy. Rachid Janjar made an delicious impression when he served up pressured cooked chicken curry with potatoes. Check out this tasty Moroccan dish pronounced gah-mee-lah,(my best guest, chicken tangine) and this TND selfie. Aren’t we lucky?

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Just food for thought...can we use food to increase social connectivity in our communities? If yes? How?

MACDC + CET + CHELSEA

On Wednesday night, at the monthly Community Enhancement Team (CET) meeting, Pamela Bender from the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) visited the group to learn about what they wanted to see at the upcoming MACDC convention.  There was excellent conversation and tremendous leadership was shown as many CET members spoke up and conveyed the concerns and desires of their community. The group highlighted some topics that interested them most: Green Communities, Race Conversations, Residents Working with the City, Facilitation, Gentrification, Working with the Media and more!   Pam was receptive and attentive to everything that was said and and even stated "after hearing from all of you, I want to move to Chelsea".  Thank you Pam Bender and MACDC valuing community voices.  

In addition to the visit from MACDC and the advocacy of the group, there was another heartening aspect of the CET meeting -- their initiative and dedication.  Chelsea resident Mui Chhua facilitated a large part of the meeting, and it was truly inspirational to see her leading the group through their planning process.  The group has plans for some significant transformation projects in 2018, starting with Jefferson street near Soldiers' Home.  The CET has decided to adopt part of Jefferson St in 2018, along with 3 other adopt-a-spot locations that they already care for: one on Willow St, one at Bellingham Hill and one by the Highland stairs.  The group brainstormed and planned, and several members volunteered to take the lead on various next steps.  The vision, initiative and dedication of this group is like no other!  Be part of their movement -- follow them on facebook (www.facebook.com/pg/chelseacet), come to their next meeting on 4/18, or join them on Earth Day on 4/21!

Spring Love

#LoveYourNeighbor Campaign

Happy first day of SPRING friends! For our local members, I’m sure news of our fourth Nor’easter makes us wonder if spring will ever reach our neighborhoods. Spring may not be in our reach, but love is blooming everywhere. I’m talking about the love that springs from neighbors helping out neighbors. This love is about compassion for one another. In my short professional career in community development, I have found that it’s hard to teach compassion but this is the very thing that motivates us to perhaps step out of our comfort zone, expand our network, or elevate our guiding principles into action steps. Many times we only highlight our recognizable heroes but what about the folks who are doing good everyday and making our world a little better for all rather than some?

Take our young member, Henry Lopez, for example. He and his family are active participants in the Shirley Ave neighborhood revitalization efforts. He’s really young and for some, it’s easy to discount his presence in a neighborhood clean up or community meeting but as you will see, he’s absorbing the actions of those around him.  A couple weeks back his mom shared with me a piece of Henry’s school work and inspired me to keep at it; keep including folks at the decision making table, keep empowering those around me, keep on connecting neighbors to neighbors, and keep on doing what you love because the results may surprise you.

Henry loves his neighborhood and it’s having a Henry in my neighborhood that warms my heart.

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Let’s honor folks like Henry.  In support of TND’s 40th anniversary in building homes, opportunities, and  a sense of community. I’m happy to launch our Love Your Neighbor Campaign. Help me recognize that unsung hero in your neighborhood. Send me a message and we’ll coordinate on giving thanks to our neighborhood heroes. You can reach me at vhuot@tndinc.org.

Rising Star - Sharon Fosbury

MACDC's Pam Bender surprises our very own Sharon Fosbury last night by hand delivering their 2017 Rising Star Award to her at the CET(Community Enhancement Team) meeting last night. It was incredible to watch Sharon in her element and community members co-lead with Sharon. The love in the room was palpable, as new members/TND tenants(thanks to Monica) are warmly welcomed by  CET members, as they rejoiced in Sharon's award, and as they share their reasons on why they love Chelsea. #LoveEverythingChelsea

You can see Sharon's reaction in the link below. Last night, this video post reached 183 people and as of this morning, 837 people saw this post on their Facebook news feed with 421 views of the actual video. This post also captured the attention one of Neighborworks America's  staff and she shared it as well. If you are on Facebook and want to show love to Sharon(who is not on FB), please hit the like or love button.

https://www.facebook.com/TNDinc/videos/10155506166492634/

 
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Americorps Service at TND

The Neighborhood Developers has been working to overhaul our approach to financial education. A previous VISTA undertook research to help identify a path forward to increase the impact of our classes. VISTA John Murray is playing a key role in helping us define, pilot, adapt, and learn from the application of behavioral science principles to our work. He is managing the overall learning process, personally developed and launched a financial education class that meets certain internally-developed requirements, offers insights based on his experience of course delivery, and provides feedback to others on their own classes. This is an experimental year for us, and the work undertaken now by our VISTAs is helping us set a new direction for an area of work that we long felt needed it. John is simultaneously developing project management skills while moving an important new piece of work forward.

The Neighborhood Developers has helped community members access public benefits for several years, but our reach has been far outpaced by the magnitude of the "SNAP gap," i.e. the estimated number of families eligible for food stamps who are not accessing this important source of support. Last year the State changed its criteria for allocating formula funding to low-income school districts, with the result that many school districts are seeing funding cuts unless they can demonstrate that their low-income families meet the new definition. One way to meet the definition is by receiving SNAP.

With this alignment of interests, TND has partnered with the public school system to help identify eligible school families and help them through the application process. Jarelis Fonseca, who has learned the SNAP application process backward and forward, is our point person for monitoring this pipeline and improving the process, from handoffs to tracking, so we can assist more of these families.

 

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We Are Family

Hello friends,

Over the last couple of months, the Revere Community Committee members have had to adapt to a few staff transitions over on our end. One thing is clear while I was away though, this resident group is more than a working committee, they have become FAMILY. Like any family gathering, we have our good moments and our growth moments. We argue, we laugh, we love--we are family!

They welcomed me back with open arms at the end of last year but immediately made their demands, like a group of elder siblings will do. They wanted me to expand our family(umm, I mean network). So in January, I promised them that I’ll do my part to expand the network so long as they do the same, together we are going to grow. They added an additional challenge, they asked me to invite Mayor Brian Arrigo and his new staff member, Nick Romano, to come to our meetings. They wanted to get updates on the Walnut Ave Park project (a project that is near and dear to some of members). and other beautification projects they initiated.

With some diligence, I set out to expand the network and we had a few new faces at our last community meeting in February. And guess what?? Nick Romano AND Mayor Arrigo joined us. The Mayor shared updates on funding coming into the Shirley Ave neighborhood via the MassWorks grant to address infrastructure needs and $750K in community benefits from a development project at the former Shaw’s site. He also affirmed the latter funding would go towards the Walnut Ave Park(joyfully squealing on the RCC’s behalf)  and rehab Curtis Lee Park near the neighborhood’s local elementary school.

Just in case the membership didn’t get enough good news, the Mayor gladly pointed out that one of our own members just became the city planner, Tech Leng, and he gave a nod to the talent in the room. We also had another unexpected visitor,  Senator Joe Boncore who when asked, what do you love about Revere, he mentioned, “the paradigm shift” and his excitement to be connecting with a group like the RCC. The Senator’s visit prompted, a shocked “oh” from active member, Jan Dumas, and the Mayor was quick to point out the difference in reception good naturedly. Both said they didn’t plan on staying long but the RCC can be captivating and before either of them knew it, they stayed to end for a family portrait committed one of their staff members to join the RCC at all future meetings. Talk about growing the network!

2018 will bring many opportunities to this network of neighbors but there is not doubt there is room for growth, love lives in Revere. This group continues to demonstrate, there is room for more. If you want to be in the network and get involved join the membership.

Warm regards,

Vanny, Community Engagement Manager

 

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Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all the wonderful folks who are doing their part in the world. To our unsung mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, mentors and more, thank you!  

We wanted to send a special shout out to some of the women who joined us for coffee at #525Beach. It was an exciting cultural exchange! It was really heartwarming to hear so much commonality from a diverse crowd. One of the most common beliefs is to “love and respect your neighbors”.  #LoveYourNeighbor #Community #Internationalswomensday #UnsungHeroes

-Vanny, CE Manager and Monica, RS Manager

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Homes at 242 Spencer

Homes are the cornerstone of health and opportunity. 2018 marks The Neighborhood Developers’ (TND) 40th year bringing homes to Chelsea. Under Construction at 242 Spencer, the framework for  high-quality, well-managed homes is being erected. TND’s newest affordable rental housing development, consisting of 34 units, all at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with 11 units restricted to extremely low-income households at or below 30 percent of AMI.

242 Spencer is located in a mixed-use neighborhood that provides excellent access to Chelsea’s four public elementary schools and public transportation, including two MBTA bus routes that connect residents to the MBTA Blue Line and other points in Chelsea, Revere and East Boston. Within a five-minute walk of the development site are local shopping options, public parks, and Beth Israel Deaconness’ Chelsea medical facilities. The City of Chelsea has demonstrated support for the development of affordable apartments at 242 Spencer as a means to create lasting affordability for current Chelsea residents and for those from neighboring communities that are facing the regional pressure of rapidly growing housing costs.

TND will partner with Housing Families to provide services to families in eight units reserved for formerly homeless or at-risk families.

In The Press

 

A special thanks to our funders:

  • Equity: RBC Tax Credit Equity Group

  • Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

  • Tax-Exempt Bond Financing: MassDevelopment

  • Construction and Permanent Financing: Boston Private Bank

  • Subordinate Debt: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation; and North Suburban HOME Program

  • Predevelopment, Acquisition and Construction Financing: The Life Initiative

 

Link It Over

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

CityLab: HUD May Push New Work Requirements for Public Housing Residents
A draft budget document obtained by CityLab would also raise rents for millions of people who receive housing aid, including the country’s most vulnerable residents.

NationalSafetyCouncil: Celebrating Lost Loved Ones
We are losing far too many loved ones to the opioid epidemic. In 2016, we lost over 37,814 people; people we love and care about. While we cannot bring them back, we can honor them and continue to educate the public on the dangers of opioids.

MIT: 12-year Study Looks At Effects Of Universal Basic Income
$25 million will be given to participants, with no strings attached.

JCHS: Is Rent Growth Finally Slowing?
Rents rose faster than inflation in almost three-quarters of the nation's major housing markets, according to analyses done for our latest America's Rental Housing report.

FastCompany: This Nonprofit Offers Tax Help To Low-Income Parents In Pediatricians’ Waiting Rooms
StreetCred is all about bundling two necessary resources–healthcare and financial assistance–in one central place.

CityLab: Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?
New research finds that housing instability can affect the mental and physical health of family members of all ages.

ChelseaRecord: Major Recycler Cheering Plastic Bag Bans, Including Chelsea’s Potential One
One of the largest recycling plants in the nation, Casella Waste in Charlestown, is hailing the recent spate of plastic bag bans in the area, including the discussions happening right now in Chelsea about a potential ban.

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities
This book is dedicated to the idea that all children are born with bright eyes and that the ultimate “outcome” is keeping their eyes bright for a lifetime.

 

Link It Over

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

BostonGlobe: 34 affordable housing units going up in Chelsea
The Neighborhood Developers are constructing a four-story, 34-unit affordable apartment building on the site of the former French Naturalization Club at 242 Spencer Ave.

CityLab: Does America Have a Caste System?
Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different?

The Telegraph: Jeremy Corbyn announces Labour will buy every homeless person in the country a house
Labour will buy every homeless person in the UK a house if the party is elected, Jeremy Corbyn has announced.

HousingWire: Renters take over nearly 25% of major U.S. cities
Rentership growth outpacing homeownership in 97 of top 100 cities.

Brookings: THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION: A demographic bridge to America’s diverse future
The millennial generation, over 75 million strong is America’s largest—eclipsing the current size of the postwar baby boom generation

538: Fewer Crimes Get Counted When Police Are Slow To Respond
A 911 call was made at 11:09 p.m. on October 15, 2015, to report a battery incident involving a relatively minor use of force.

Forbes: The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically 2018
The 2007 housing crisis was particularly tough on African-Americans, as well as Hispanics, extinguishing much of their already miniscule wealth. Industrial layoffs, particularly in the Midwest, made things worse.

JCHS: What Would it Take to Overcome Exclusionary Barriers, and Promote More Affordable Options in All Neighborhoods?
What would it take to make new neighborhoods, and remake old ones, so that large, complex, metropolitan areas moved decisively toward racial and economic integration?

BUToday: Leaders of US Cities Worried about Lack of Affordable Housing
If you want to get mayors of US cities talking, says BU political scientist David Glick, ask them about affordable housing.

ChicagoTribune: Caught in a 'Dream'
We asked 41 'Dreamers' about their homes, their birthplaces and DACA. Here's what they said.

Boston Magazine: Boston Appeared on Zillow’s List of Cities with Housing Markets at “Crisis Levels”
Surprisingly, plenty of other places are worse off than us.

CityLab: How Student Loans Are Killing Homeownership
It’s really not the avocado toast: Ballooning college debt is keeping Millennials from buying more houses.

BostonBusinessJournal: U.S. Conference of Mayors taps Walsh to lead housing committee
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has tapped Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as chair of the council’s committee on housing.

ChelseaRecord: Momentum for Plastic Bag Ban Grows, Not Everyone on Board
A major first jab at banning plastic shopping bags took place at City Hall on Tuesday night, Jan. 23, and many believe that momentum is gathering for the ban.

RevereJournal: Sen Boncore Appointed Chair of Transportation
With a major international airport, highway, toll plaza and the MBTA Blue Line in his district it made sense for Senate President Harriette Chandler to appoint Sen.

EverettIndependent: Mayor, Council Look to Study Bringing in Linkage Fees
Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City Council are bringing back an idea with a long history in the annals of Everett City government – that being Linkage Fees charged to commercial developers.