Who We Are
“We shall not move from Parcel 19”
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a non-profit organization and a dynamic community development corporation that started in the South End neighborhood of Boston, to address displacement of low-income families due to urban development. IBA offers affordable housing and supportive programming to improve the knowledge, life skills and health of participants of all ages.
One of the most important goals of IBA is providing safe and sustainable affordable housing. For 50 years, IBA has developed housing that is associated and financed by different supportive programs, while developing leaders who support and encourage themselves, their families and their neighbors.
IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción empowers and engages individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs.
How we started
In 1968, the Puerto Rican community of the Parcel 19 in the South End organized, and with the support of hundreds of protesters, they fought to stop the displacement they were facing. They finally won this battle and created IBA, which not only allowed them to stay in the neighborhood but also gave them the right to control and develop their community.
IBA then developed Villa Victoria (Victory Village), a 435 unit affordable housing community in the city’s South End neighborhood, which has become a model in the areas of civil rights, community organizing, affordable housing, education and arts programs. Today, IBA has expanded its affordable housing portfolio to include 521 units that are strengthened by comprehensive programming. IBA’s work is a daily reminder of what can be achieved with effort, determination and community organizing; the legacy of those brave Puerto Rican activists has been recognized for five decades and continues to be studied by academics and other national and international communities.
How we impact lives
We believe that education and living in a healthy environment are fundamental to individual and community empowerment. This is why our team, together with neighbors, funders, friends, and volunteers, have joined efforts to make our multicultural housing, education and arts programs available for all who need them and are eligible for our services.
Our main focus is the people of our community, so we work to deliver evidenced-based programs for our children, youth, adults and seniors, to increase their quality of life and to provide them opportunities for social and economic empowerment.
Who we serve
Through education, basic needs services and financial empowerment programming we serve over 800 low-income people in the following age groups:
- 370 children from 3 to 8 years old;
- 104 youth from 13 to 19 years old;
- 165 adults from 25 to 64 years old;
- 179 elderly 65 years old and older