A Letter from the Executive Director
CHUMMA CHUMMA CHUMMA, rumble rumble, blerrrr. These are the sweet sounds of construction and revitalization that ACDC made happen in 2014 with your support. I hope you enjoy ACDC’s monthly e-news, Facebook and Twitter posts which have detailed the exciting happenings in our neighborhoods with the development of affordable homes and community programs. We have been busy growing our programs to keep pace with the growth of our community and the demands for our services. Here are a few highlights:
· Full speed ahead on rebuilding a whole block of Chinatown’s Hudson Street with the construction of the first phase of our mixed-income, mixed-use One Greenway project. The project will have a lushly planted green space, retail and community spaces, and 363 new homes (40% of which will be affordable and is the highest percentage of any project under construction in downtown Boston).
· Word is out about the quality of our first-time homebuyer classes and our caring bilingual housing counselors Lee and May. Our housing counseling and homebuyer program, CHOP, enabled over 400 clients to increase their housing stability with nearly 50 clients purchasing their first home. ACDC is the only provider of Chinese-language housing workshops in all of New England.
· 20 Chinatown families were able to stay in their homes because ACDC began renovations on our 1st affordable housing preservation project, Tremont Village. Tremont Village is one of only two state-owned public housing properties in Boston where tenants have not had any significant capital investments in nearly 30 years.
· Our new Malden and Quincy Community Advisory Boards of 24 local residents and leaders tailor our programs within those communities.
· Our A-VOYCE youth leadership program has grown from six weeks to a year round program. High school youth are being trained to lead community engagement efforts throughout Chinatown.
As we come to the end of 2014, please make a donation to ACDC. The threat of gentrification is shrinking Chinatown which increases the need for affordable housing and our programs throughout the region.
On behalf of the board and staff of ACDC, we wish you and your family all the best in 2015. With your support, we can continue to build more homes, strengthen more families, and empower our community in the new year.