A national poll from NeighborWorks America found nearly half of the taxpayers across the country expect to use their 2017 tax refund to strengthen their financial situation by either paying off debt or saving for the future. Financial capability counselors from Nuestra Comunidad are ready to help you make the best decision possible when it […]
The Trustees of Reservations’ investment in Nuestra Comunidad’s El Jardin de la Amistad has brought much needed water service to the 11,000 square foot community garden located on Dudley Street in Roxbury. Alongside resident leaders, the planning phase for the project, including engineering and permitting of a dedicated service for the property, began in 2016.
Marie Miller: Restoring trust between police and community
Boston Police Officer Marie Miller is the winner of the NeighborWorks America Dorothy Richardson Award
Original post on NeighborWorks America
Marie Miller became a police officer by accident. But what a fortunate accident it was.
“It was my girlfriend who wanted to join the police force, not me,” recalls Miller, who […]
Guest blog by Matt Irish
Matt poses with part of Nuestra Comunidad’s 75 kW rooftop solar PV system at Atkins Apartments in Roxbury.
Hi, I’m Matt Irish. Normally, I’m a graduate student at the University of Michigan, but thanks to funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, I’m spending my summer here in Roxbury with Nuestra Comunidad as one of 12 EDF Climate Corps Fellows working on energy management projects with affordable housing providers across the country. For 10 weeks, I’m supporting the progress that’s already been made on benchmarking utility usage (in other words, comparing energy use at our housing developments to that of similar properties) and identifying energy investment opportunities across our affordable housing portfolio of more than 600 units. But this effort is about more than drawing in some data and shaving off a few frivolous energy charges. […]
You’re laid off at work. Your car needs a new transmission. Your furnace blows. These are all costly emergencies that can’t usually be anticipated and cannot be avoided once they occur. Without a fund set aside just for such emergencies, they can trigger even greater disasters.
Last year, NeighborWorks America released the findings of its third […]
Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends:
“We the People of the United States,” enshrined in our Constitution a common creed to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Therefore, we the people must all take a stand against statements […]
There aren’t many good books about the community development movement. There’s a new one out, just in time for the holidays, and it features Nuestra Comunidad and our Roxbury neighborhood. It’s called “NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network” and highlights innovative solutions to affordable housing and community development challenges from the NeighborWorks […]
Posted by David Price January 2016
If you weren’t living in Boston back in 1981, it would be hard to imagine what it was like to live in Roxbury. The 1970s was a decade of tremendous disinvestment along Dudley Street and down Blue Hill Avenue. Absentee landlords engaged in rampant arson as a way to cash-out […]
I spoke this summer with a 20-something woman who works in the Jackson Square area of Roxbury and lives in Mattapan Square, about 4.5 miles away. It takes her over an hour to get to work each morning using the MBTA bus. She uses the 28 and 22 bus routes which run along Blue Hill […]
In the battle around gentrification in big city neighborhoods, one of the front lines is the naming of neighborhoods. Even in neighborhoods with established identities, name changes can occur as part of gentrification. Sometimes this happens block by block over many years of signage wars. Or it can begin and take root suddenly with a […]