Impact for Allston Brighton in 2016
In 2016, 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 1,665 individuals in our community. Here is 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
- In 2016, ABCDC onboarded new Resident Services staff, Delaney Firer, who took ownership of the residents’ print newsletter. In addition to coordinating content, she translated all material into an e-newsletter to expand resident communications. Delaney has been a vital presence at the year’s resident events including tenant meetings, cookouts, barbecues, etc.
- 222 residents received case management services and referrals from our Resident Services Coordinator including: lease education, conflict resolution, financial counseling, mental health support, rental and utility assistance, employment services, food/nutrition assistance, child care, elder services, and transportation.
- Throughout the year, we engaged in an intensive program planning process that would result in the opening of our new community center on Commonwealth Avenue in early 2017. This process included communicating with residents about what support they needed and wanted most so that we could plan to provide childcare, job readiness training, yoga classes, and more in the coming year right at their doorstep at no cost to participants.
Goal 2: Increase community engagement to address issues affecting the well-being of residents
- Over 325 residents and over 50 community leaders engaged in: planning meetings, clean ups, health fairs, task force meetings, meetings with the City of Boston, Boston Police Department and elected officials.
- Our Healthy Community Champions secured commitments from 3 corner stores in the neighborhood to participate in their Rethink Your Drink campaign to highlight healthier beverage choices. These store owners agreed to policy, systems, and environment (PSE) changes to make it easier for patrons to choose healthier options, including limiting unhealthy beverage stock in stores.
- 4 residents became All Bright Homeownership Ambassadors and engaged in an intensive leadership program designed to prepare them for a canvassing campaign in the North Brighton/North Allston neighborhood to promote owner occupancy.
Goal 3: Building a trusting environment for first-time homebuyers through The Homebuying Mentors Program
- 398 first-time homebuyers engaged with educators to create personalized solutions for their homeownership experience.
- In one of the most trying housing markets in recent years, 172 participants went on to purchase homes at an average purchase price of $313,568.
Goal 4: Improve neighborhood stability and preserve homeownership opportunities
- We purchased 7 properties and sold 5 through the All Bright Homeownership Program in 2016.
- Within days of us internally advertising to our potential buyers group after receiving a neighborhood referral, we received an offer on 21-23 Windom Street and closed soon after, making this our first purchase and resale without a broker.
- While purchasing the first-floor unit of 47 Litchfield Street Condominium Association we learned the owner of the second-floor unit was in danger of foreclosing. Immediately we offered our assistance and bought the second-floor unit which we sold in December 2016. Not only did we save a family from going into foreclosure but we stabilized this association, making it two-thirds owner occupied for the long term.