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Impact for Allston Brighton in 2017

In 2017, the generosity and support of our Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program donors had a significant impact across the organization; all together our various programs directly impacted the lives of over 1,500 individuals in our community. Please see our 2017 Community Report to explore how partnerships with the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC) changed so many lives for the better last year.

Goal 1: Stabilize and improve access to safe affordable housing

  • Provided 208 residents with expanded referrals, support, and new programs
  • Hosted 21 health and wellness events, including yoga, food pantries, and more
  • Held 31 education sessions, including ESOL workshops and tutoring
  • Hosted 11 social events, including senior coffee hours, movie nights, and holiday celebrations
  • Delivered backpacks for 12 students during our School Backpack Giveaway with our partners at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
  • Held three (3) ABCD food pantries with an average of 32 resident recipients each time
  • Supported 66 at-risk households so that they could stabilize their housing situations through our case management and referral services
  • Addressed 72% of resident concerns in-house or in collaboration with Maloney Properties, our property management contractor

Goal 2: Increase community engagement to address issues affecting the well-being of residents

  • 358 neighbors attended Allston Brighton CDC events, work groups, and committee meetings
  • Nearly 90 Allston Brighton CDC volunteers took on leadership roles this year
  • 11 Allston Brighton residents graduated from the Leadership Development Academy program

Goal 3: Building a trusting environment for first-time homebuyers through The Homebuying Mentors® (THM) program

  • 255 first-time homebuyers engaged with educators to create personalized solutions for their homeownership experience
  • 84% of graduates of our in-person classes rated class quality as “excellent”
  • Provided financial coaching to 52 clients during their homeownership journeys, averaging 165 minutes of support per client
  • 53 graduates of THM classes purchased homes in 2017 – of those, 29 had graduated from classes in 2017

Goal 4: Improve neighborhood stability and preserve homeownership opportunities

  • We purchased two (2) properties and sold six (6) through the All Bright Homeownership program, creating three (3) new owner-occupied homeownership units in the North Brighton and North Allston neighborhood through condo conversion projects
  • Executed a Purchase and Sales Agreement to acquire a 33-unit co-op building in Brighton, which will be added to Allston Brighton CDC’s affordable rental portfolio
  • Housed 13 households that were homeless or at-risk of homelessness in stable, affordable rental housing
  • Owned and managed our portfolio of 506 affordable rental units and renovated 235 affordable rental units for energy efficiency savings